EROTICS AS A BRANCH OF PHILOSOPHY

THE LEGACY OF DIOTIMA OF MANTINEA

Authors

  • Georgina Rabassó Departament de Filosofia, Universitat de Barcelona. ORCID: 0000-0002-4664-3613

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21814/eps.4.1.191

Abstract

The figure and discourse of Diotima of Mantinea in Plato’s Symposium had a decisive influence on the Western tradition of women’s thought and on the foundation of a “hidden” branch of philosophy: Erotics, that is, the philosophical consideration of love, sexuality, gender identity, interpersonal relationships and particularly relationships of philia such as friendship. Although Erotics was not established as one of the canonical subdivisions of philosophy, numerous texts and theories prove its existence from antiquity to the present day. Diotima and other female philosophers make it clear that the Western tradition of women’s thought maintained a constant interest in the issues of Erotics. Making Erotics visible as a branch of philosophy situates the contributions of women thinkers in the philosophical canon, thereby transforming it.

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Published

2021-08-06

How to Cite

Rabassó, G. . (2021). EROTICS AS A BRANCH OF PHILOSOPHY: THE LEGACY OF DIOTIMA OF MANTINEA. Ethics, Politics & Society, 4(1), 87-99. https://doi.org/10.21814/eps.4.1.191

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5th BRAGA COLLOQUIUM IN THE HISTORY OF MORAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY