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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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(p.1) Introduction
Love in Motion

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the philosophy of love. Since Plato's dialogue, Symposion, there have been almost no philosophical theories about love. The dialogue states that the philosophical truth of love is a spiritual truth. Love is not a theoretical phenomenon. The complex phenomenon that love is always involves two distinct perspectives—the subjective perspective of the lovers, and the third-person perspective of those who surround the lovers as involuntary observers and commentators. Love in this book will be addressed in a metaphysical sense, claiming that love, before it is classified within any particular domain of reality, is a relation. It is not in a subjective feeling but in a reciprocal relation of desire that love fully comes into being.

Keywords:   philosophy of love, love, Plato, Symposion

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