Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter: Band 6. 2001
  • ISSN 1384-6663
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9684
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The feminine component which can be identified with creativity is, according to Plato, crucial for education and knowledge. This essay examines how Plato in the Symposium expresses his conception of educational and cognitive relationships in analogy to amorous relationships. This analogy makes it evident why Diotima is a woman. The essay shows in addition how Eros leads to knowledge and immortality, as well as how Socrates incarnates Eros in this Platonic conception. The question is also considered whether Plato subscribed to an abstract notion of Eros or rather to an individualised, personal one.


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