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Plato and Freud: Two Theories of Love Gerasimos Xenophon Santas

Plato and Freud: Two Theories of Love

Gerasimos Xenophon Santas

Published January 8th 1991
ISBN : 9780631159148
Hardcover
208 pages
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What is love? Why do we idealize those whom we love? How do we choose whom to love? Are some kinds of love better than others? Each age returns to these questions with renewed perplexity. Gerasimos Santas examinees the two greatest theoreticalMoreWhat is love? Why do we idealize those whom we love? How do we choose whom to love? Are some kinds of love better than others? Each age returns to these questions with renewed perplexity. Gerasimos Santas examinees the two greatest theoretical architectures of love, side by side. It provides a thorough critical description and comparison of these theories, allowing a sophisticated dialogue to emerge between the two thinkers.In the first half of the book Professor Santas reconstructs and explains Platos theories of eros and philia: erotic love, familial love and friendship. He attempt to show that Platos was a unified theory in which erotic love has a special connecion with creativity and beauty. He then discusses Freuds notion of love as distinct from, though based on, his general theory of sexuality. He discusses in detail Freuds explanations, before and after narcissism, of idealization and choice of beloved. Freud too, it emerges, had a unified theory of love: all love has its origins in the libidinal instincts of infancy and childhood.The book concludes by showing that, despite Freuds claim that his theory of love is Platonic, the two theories are instructively different.