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Eros UnveiledPlato and the God of Love$
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Catherine Osborne

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267669

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267669.001.0001

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The Bow in the Clouds

The Bow in the Clouds

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(p.1) I The Bow in the Clouds
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Eros Unveiled
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CATHERINE OSBORNE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267669.003.0001

This chapter focuses on the role played by love in particular texts: who the lover is, who the beloved, why they love, and what that means about their relationship. If the love between God and humankind is a relation, and the relations between God and humankind are subject to change in respect of the Fall and the Incarnation, are we to suppose that God's love for humankind changes, or our love for God, or both, or neither? The fact that the goodness and beauty that supposedly belongs to the beloved object derives its origin from the lover himself affects the way in which such love could be considered acquisitive. It is at this point that we may see the importance of invoking the image of Eros as the figure whose arrows strike, if not at random, at least without regard to the real worth or beauty of the beloved.

Keywords:   love, God, relationship, beloved, humankind, lover, goodness, beauty, Eros

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