Filed under: the sweet life, unseen world | Tags: beauty, Diotima, lust, morality
Why Socrates believed that sexual desire is the first step towards righteousness
Can sexual desire lead us to something that transcends the physical act? Socrates seemed to think so. In Plato’s Symposium, Socrates recalls the words of his apparent teacher of erotics, the priestess Diotima of Mantinea, who instructed him that lust was the first rung on a ladder leading upwards towards an appreciation of the form of beauty itself and, further, to morality and virtue.
Script: Nigel Warburton
Animator: Andrew Park
from Aeon magazine
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