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Philosophy and LoveFrom Plato to Popular Culture$
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Linnell Secomb

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748623679

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623679.001.0001

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(p.157) Conclusion
Philosophy and Love

Linnell Secomb

Edinburgh University Press

Philosophy is the love of wisdom. Love is an incompletion. The Symposium is structured as a series of stories or speeches about love and philosophy. It determines a connection between love and philosophy, indicating that both are an unending movement between ignorance and knowledge, lack and fulfilment. The roles of lover and beloved become equivocally interlaced. Jacques Derrida reflects on the operation of a postal principle that he equates with the Freudian conception of the pleasure principle. Love protests a closure or completion that would end the mediations and oscillations of love. Bringing together philosophies and stories of love, and reading these re-presentations as unworking disseminations and deconstructions show the entwining of love, philosophy and cultural creations. All three unravel finality, stasis, closure and totality, exposing the sharing and the openness or exposure that creates connection between self and the other in sociality.

Keywords:   love, Symposium, philosophy, Jacques Derrida, Freudian conception

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