On Love [and Infatuation]: Socrates and Diotima

"Andrea Nye has done something wonderful in rescuing Eros from the priestly theologies that would have us banish and condemn it. Seekers will find in Socrates and Diotima a philosophy deeply consoling as well as erotic in itself. Like Cynthia Bourgeault's tantric Jesus, Nye's Diotima will draw you upward and outward into realms of reconciliation where the human dances with the divine and it may be possible to fall in love all over again with goodness, truth, and beauty." - Jean Feraca, Wisconsin Public Radio, USA and author of Crossing the Great Divide

 23 Socrates and Diotima. Bronze relief from Pompeii, first century  Naples, Museo Nazionale.

So while love constitutes a desire for all kinds of good things and happiness, those who are money-makers, athletes, or philosophers are not normally called "lovers." Diotima dismisses the idea (that was put forth by Aristophanes) that lovers are in search of their other half, claiming instead that lovers love what is good. We would be willing to have limbs amputated if we thought they were diseased and bad, suggesting that we only want to be attached to what is good. Socrates and Diotima agree that love is the desire to have the good forever.


Diotima of Mantinea - Wikipedia

Socrates and Diotima

Todays Lecture Socrates response to the speeches Socrates elenchus with Agathon Elenchus between Socrates and Diotima Nature of erōs: – Ontological status of the daimon erōs – Mythological story – birth of erōs Overview of the rest of Diotimas speech