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Love, friendship, beauty, and the good : Plato, Aristotle, and the later tradition

Author: Kevin Corrigan
Publisher: Eugene, OR : Cascade Books, [2018] ©2018
Series: Veritas (Eugene, Oregon), 26.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book tells a compelling story about love, friendship, and the divine that took over a thousand years to unfold. It argues that mind and feeling are intrinsically connected in the thought of Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus; that Aristotle developed his theology and physics primarily from Plato's Symposium (from the "Greater" and "Lesser mysteries" of Diotima-Socrates' speech); and that the beautiful and the good  Read more...
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Named Person: Plato.; Aristotle.; Aristotle.; Plato.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Corrigan
ISBN: 9781532645495 153264549X 9781532645501 1532645503
OCLC Number: 1027309627
Description: xiv, 154 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Desire, love, and ascent through the beautiful to the good --
Friendship and love of the individual --
The problem of divine love --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Veritas (Eugene, Oregon), 26.
Responsibility: Kevin Corrigan.

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This book tells a compelling story about love, friendship, and the divine that took over a thousand years to unfold. It argues that mind and feeling are intrinsically connected in the thought of Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus; that Aristotle developed his theology and physics primarily from Plato's Symposium (from the "Greater" and "Lesser mysteries" of Diotima-Socrates' speech); and that the beautiful and the good are not coincident classes, but irreducible forms, and the loving ascent of the Symposium must be interpreted in the light of the Republic, as the later tradition up to Ficino saw. Against the view that Platonism is an escape from the ambiguities of ordinary experience or opposed to loving individuals for their own sakes, this book argues that Plato dramatizes the ambiguities of ordinary experience, confronts the possibility of failure, and bequeaths erotic models for the loving of individuals to later thought. Finally, it examines the Platonic-Aristotelian heritage on the divine to discover whether God can love us back, and situates the dramatic development of this legacy in Plotinus, Iamblichus, Proclus, and Dionysius the Areopagite.

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