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Erôs in Ancient Greece$
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Ed Sanders, Chiara Thumiger, Christopher Carey, and Nick Lowe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605507

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605507.001.0001

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Between Appetite and Emotion, or Why Can’t Animals Have Erôs?

Between Appetite and Emotion, or Why Can’t Animals Have Erôs?

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Erôs in Ancient Greece

David Konstan

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the Greek notion of erôs, and more particularly, its psychological status: whether it is an instinctive urge, an emotion that requires some measure of reason, or something in between. To answer this question, Konstan considers whether and to what extent the Greeks ascribed erôs to animals: since animals were generally considered to lack logos, or “reason” in the fully human sense, this is a good test of the status of erôs – whether simply an appetite or a more sophisticated sentiment involving judgment.

Keywords:   erôs, love, desire, animal instinct, emotion

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