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In Aristophanes's comic story in Plato's Symposium, in the relation to God that St.

In Aristophanes’s comic story in Plato’s Symposium, in the relation to God that St. Augustine is striving to realize in Confessions, in the refinement of love experienced by the ascending Dante Pilgrim in Paradiso, and in Sartre’s account of love as a kind of concrete relation with the Other there is an emphasis on the power of love to perfect or complete a person. What are the main points of similarity and difference in the treatment of these themes in these various works, and what are the differences in the way each of these authors conceives of the way love can bring fulfillment or salvation?

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