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date: 30 November 2021

p. 434. Love, sex, gender, and philosophylocked

p. 434. Love, sex, gender, and philosophylocked

  • Julia Annas


‘Love, sex, gender, and philosophy’ examines Plato's treatment of love as background to and possibly part of philosophy. Plato wrote in a society in which sexual and erotic relations between men were taken for granted, and were often socially acceptable. He stresses the mentoring aspect of the lover–beloved relation, elevating it to an idealized relation between teacher and pupil which is above physical attraction and consists in concern for the other's soul — that is, their psychological and mental well-being. This is what is often labelled ‘Platonic love’ — love with the form of a romantic relation, but transformed by concern with the soul rather than the body.

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