Notes

Plato’s Soulmates

James tells Josh and Ses that Plato would be delighted with the depth of your feelings for one another, and references Plato’s Symposium (written between 385 and 370 BCE.) The symposium in question concerned itself with love in its various forms and today, parts of it are thought to have introduced the concept of Platonic Love.

The dialogue has a series of men and deliver a speech on his chosen facet of love, what was called an encomium (a speech in praise of love – Eros).

Socrates spoke about the highest purpose of love is a love of the truth and thus being a philosopher was the highest goal a man could attain.

Aristophanes’s speech concerned the reasons why people in love claim to be “whole” again and then he relates how in “primal” times, humans had one head with two faces and one body with two arms and legs as James relates. According to Aristophanes, if one of these primal humans was severed into 2 women or 2 men, they became lesbians or homosexuals.

More on the Symposium here.

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