De structuur van liefde in Plato's Symposium

Albert Joosse*

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    This article investigates the internal structure of ἔρως, as it is
    conceptualized in Plato’s Symposium. The analysis first focuses on the three
    constitutive elements of love on the lover’s side: a lack, a consciousness of it,
    and the perceived worth of what is lacking. It explores these in relation to the
    rest of the Symposium and to the Socratic elenchus. The second part of the
    analysis turns to the beloved’s end of the relation. By means of a comparative
    reading with the Lysis it explores possible ways of understanding the idea that
    something is loved for the sake of something else. On the reading offered here,
    the lover’s love of beauty is always for the sake of immortality, even if this
    beauty be the Form itself. Finally, considerations about narrative framing and
    the characterization of Diotima should prompt us to see some distance
    between this conception and Plato himself. The Symposium’s primary aim is
    not doctrinal but protreptic.
    Originele taal-2Dutch
    Pagina's (van-tot)12-27
    Aantal pagina's16
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1
    StatusPublished - mrt.-2020

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