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Greek philosopher, 427-347 B.C.
platonic love - a love in which there is no sexual desire.
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In Heine's poems love both sides are represented equally: the platonic love, like in the Book of Songs cycle, and the sensual love, like in the New Poems cycle.
12) Irwin provides some elements of his theory of Platonic love and says it is deeply indebted to Vlastos (648), but he has doesn't think all his criticisms are justified.
Symbols of platonic love evoke feelings of commitment and caring that are long-term, whereas sexual love tends to evoke feelings of passion and romance that have a relatively short life span, said David Raska, a Northern Kentucky marketing professor who was lead author of the study.
Thus, Platonic love is filled with paradox and mystery because it is completely different from the notion of Platonic love in Western culture.
Arabic history has immortal stories to narrate on the platonic love of several famous Arab women who were called Afra.
The call of platonic love could be behind this or it may be a professional pull.
long to capture them as they vie to engrave A hint of platonic love on
Ali and Abeer felt the true sense of platonic love, loving each other so dearly that they stayed up all night if they didn't see each other during the day.
8) The friendship of Lucius and Neander is nothing if not idealistic, and their mutual loss of Pandora is repeatedly represented in terms that emphasize both the feminizing potential of perfect friendship and the frustratingly ethereal nature of Platonic love.
In the end, notes the Observer, the novel "is essentially a crash course in philosophy interwoven with a platonic love story.
He holds, like many humanists before him, that nobility of soul, perfected through learning, excels nobility of blood, outlines his ideas on the Italian language, and, in keeping with the third book of Gli Asolani, explains the doctrine of Platonic love.
This fact would seem to confirm the suggestion that Platonic love is ultimately, and inescapably, 'auto-erotic'.