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How or why is love andor desire a philosophical subject In response to Platos Symposium Like many things in philosophy love can not be defined easily or concretely In Platos Symposium several characters discuss what love is and no distinct answer is derived When I first discussed this subject I said that love and desire are most certainly subjects for philosophical discussion After reading Platos Symposium I firmly stand by my beliefs However before one declares whether or not a topic such as love or desire is worthy of philosophical dialogue one must figure out approximately what philosophy is what a philosophical subject is what love is and what desire is Philosophy is generally defined as a study of thought or wisdom Love and desire while being emotions are triggered by thoughts The study of thought is all inclusive so love and desire fall within the studys limits The subjects of philosophy can range from those of materialism to those of the mind and sensationalistic needs of the race of humans Love and desire are both emotions of extreme passion and extreme complexity In Platos Symposium Phaedrus is giving his speech on love when he says There is a certain guidance each person needs for his whole life if he is to live well and nothing imparts this guidancenot high kinship not public honor not wealthnothing imparts this guidance as well as Love 178D Love makes us whole and tears us apart it guides us and yet it gets us lost This simultaneousness is a commonality in subjects of philosophy The argument Eryximachus makes is that love falls into both the physical and mental categories But if I have learned a single lesson from my own filed the science of medicine it is that Love does not occur only in the human soul it is not simply the attraction we feel toward human beauty it is a significantly broader phenomenonIn fact it
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