Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza“ din Iaşi, Facultatea de Filosofie şi Ştiinţe Social-Politice ”Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iassy, Faculty of Philosophy and Social-Political Sciences
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7 / 2013
The Philosophy and Seduction of Syracuse
I want to prove in this text that Plato is in an unique situation: he describes homosexual feelings in order to protect himself against. The sexual pleasure as such practiced outside the feeling of love is constantly depreciated. And Plato goes until refusing to sexual pleasure the name of afrodisia. The reason? This word derives from a divine day of name, so that it cannot designate something as despicable as sex. Then, it must be said that Plato does not mistake pleasure with sex. No matter how things are, it remains certain the fact that Platonic experience is an erotic-metaphysical one. It is, in the end, about a philosophy of love at least in the mature dialogues and the philosophy of love would reveal the transformation of love into philosophy. The fact that the experience of reference is homosexual, without any doubt, is true! But the fact that Plato goes till negativity, i.e. till surpassing this type of experience, it does not matter anymore? What des it mean to surpass this type of experience? Simple: it means to recognize it, not to live it. Simply to recognize it in its past source and in its future and creative fecundity of fantasy. Hence “Plato’s modernity”, a modernity that consists in establishing unsuspected boundaries (and, maybe, reckless) between eroticism and metaphysics.
Keywords: Socrates, Plato, philosophy, education, seduction, homosexuality.
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