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Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle$
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A. W. Price

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248996.001.0001

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Love in the Symposium

Love in the Symposium

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(p.15) 2 Love in the Symposium
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Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle
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A. W. Price

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248996.003.0002

For Socrates, love is for possessing the good oneself for ever or for the good to belong to oneself always. In effect, his statement is more of a statement of the final goal of all desire. Beauty as the goal of love needs some clarification as the common thought here is that the lover wants to possess a beauty in the sense of his making love to him or her. In fact, this will turn out to be part of what Socrates does envisage, even if procreation is mental—if it can be counted that doing philosophy with a beautiful boy as a Platonic way of making love to him. Overall, however, the route here is not that direct as central to this idea is neither beauty, nor ownership, nor immortality, but goodness.

Keywords:   love, Socrates, Symposium, Diotima, desire, beauty, philosophy, Plato, goodness

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