In this hybrid discussion between Mark and Wes (is it a part three or a Nightcap?), we spent the majority of our time going through some more passages from Ficino’s Commentary on Plato’s Symposium on Love. Listen to our discussion with Peter Adamson first. This preview presents more thinking about love as reproduction and how this relates to Hegel’s and Kierkegaard’s views of love (i.e. recognition by the Other) as a way of establishing a self.
In the full discussion, we also consider Ficino’s psychology of metaphysically-based drives that lead to five types of love, and his physical/physiological explanation of love as a communicable disease, where “missiles of spirit” come out of our eyes and pierce others’ hearts. Yes, this is very weird. Plus, more info on PEL Live, our upcoming theatrical reading, philosophy podcast rating charts, and more.