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Eros Unveiled: Plato and the God of Love

Catherine Osborne


Few books on love can claim to make significant contributions to our understanding both of ancient views on Eros and its place in the Christian tradition. On the basis of a new and sympathetic reading of Plato, this book shows that the long-standing distrust of Eros, rather than agape, as a model for the believer's relation to God in Christian thought derives from a misunderstanding of ancient thought on love. Focusing on a number of classic texts including Plato's Symposium and Lysis, Aristotle's Ethics and Metaphysics, and famous passages in Gregory of Nyssa, Origen, Dionysius the Areopagite ... More

Keywords: love, Eros, Plato, God, Aristotle, fulfilment, affection, devotion, desire, Cupid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198267669
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Osborne, author
University College of Swansea
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