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p. 172. Perspectiveslocked

  • Ronald de Sousa

Abstract

‘Perspectives’ considers Plato’s Symposium—where the members of the party take turns making a speech in praise of love—and what we can learn from it. The dialogue is still fresh today and features several perspectives, some of which anticipate ways that modern thinkers have challenged the monopoly of poetry and literature on love. A reason for elevating some loves over others appeals to certain conceptions of the place of love and sex in human nature. Such conceptions have clustered around three basic models: the puritan, Lawrentian, and pansexual models. The form of love designated as ‘what Nature intended’ will depend on which of the three models is favoured.

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