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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167338

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.001.0001

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Eros in History

Eros in History

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(p.49) Eros in History
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Love in Motion
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Reidar Due

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.003.0005

This chapter presents a history of love, considering love as eros and as an object of judgment. Pre-Socratic philosophers used the word eros for sexual love and for natural fertility. It is associated with harmony as opposed to strife, and is granted cosmic spirituality. The concept of eros involves three aspects: the relationship between the human and the divine, the relationship within the soul and within society, and between desire and its impact. Through the French classical culture, love is elevated to the status of a philosophical object and not as a gateway to theology, or an appendix to social morality. The classical view on love focuses on the intimate relationship between the lovers and a person who observes their gestures, and interprets their motives.

Keywords:   history of love, eros, judgment, sexual love, cosmic spirituality, French classical culture

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