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A comparison of Plato's views of eros in the Symphosium and Phaedrus

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dc.contributor.advisor Strijdom, J. M. Van de Vijver, Anne 2009-11-16T13:28:43Z 2009-11-16T13:28:43Z 2009-02
dc.description.abstract My examination of Plato’s valuation of eros in the Symposium and Phaedrus dialogues in its manifold elements in general has resulted in a more concrete definition of eros as a relational entity. The transition of an initially natural cosmic force in archaic times into a more valid ethical quality so as to encourage betterment in human relations is evident in Plato’s philosophy. The terms ‘Platonic love’ and ‘eros’ are misinterpreted and my thesis purports to prove that Plato’s eros is a spiritual quest for beauty (kalos), truth (alethes) and the good (agathos). Modern scholastic commentaries were referred to and proved helpful in assessing the differences in ancient and current ethical schools of thought. The argument purports that Platonic eros is not a static condition of soul but a continuous movement/progress towards the highest spiritual love. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (62 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.ddc 884
dc.subject.lcsh Plato. Symposium
dc.subject.lcsh Plato. Phaedrus
dc.title A comparison of Plato's views of eros in the Symphosium and Phaedrus en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Ancient Languages and Cultures M.A. (Ancient Languages and Cultures)

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