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Plato's Erotic World
From Cosmic Origins to Human Death

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  • Date Published: August 2012
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107024113

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  • Plato's entire fictive world is permeated with philosophical concern for eros, well beyond the so-called erotic dialogues. Several metaphysical, epistemological, and cosmological conversations – Timaeus, Cratylus, Parmenides, Theaetetus, and Phaedo – demonstrate that eros lies at the root of the human condition and that properly guided eros is the essence of a life well lived. This book presents a holistic vision of eros, beginning with the presence of eros at the origin of the cosmos and the human soul, surveying four types of human self-cultivation aimed at good guidance of eros, and concluding with human death as a return to our origins. The book challenges conventional wisdom regarding the “erotic dialogues” and demonstrates that Plato's world is erotic from beginning to end: the human soul is primordially erotic and the well cultivated erotic soul can best remember and return to its origins, its lifelong erotic desire.

    • Provides completely original readings of 'technical' dialogues on metaphysics as erotic dialogues
    • Demonstrates the importance of Eros among Plato's philosophical concerns
    • Argues that Plato's interest in Eros is not limited to the so-called erotic dialogues, but permeates his entire oeuvre and worldview
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    "...The book provides a clear interpretation of the role of eros in these dialogues; additionally it helps to situate the place of homosocial relations and activities such as war and gymnastics in relation to Plato's conception of philosophy. This is a well-written analysis and interpretation that brings together the cultural and philosophical dimensions of eros in Plato's thought.... Recommended..."
    --C. R. McCall, Elmira College, CHOICE

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    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107024113
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - no date available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Cosmos
    2. Questioning
    3. Courage
    4. Matchmaking
    5. Self-knowledge
    6. Memory.

  • Author

    Jill Gordon, Colby College, Maine
    Jill Gordon is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Philosophy at Colby College. She is the author of Turning Toward Philosophy: Literary Device and Dramatic Structure in Plato's Dialogues (1999).

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