Erotikon: Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern
Erotikon brings together leading contemporary intellectuals from a variety of fields for an expansive debate on the full meaning of eros. Renowned scholars of philosophy, literature, classics, psychoanalysis, theology, and art history join poets and a novelist to offer fresh insights into a topic that is at once ancient and forever young. Restricted neither by historical period nor by genre, these contributions explore manifestations of eros throughout Western culture, in subjects ranging from ancient philosophy and baroque architecture to modern literature and Hollywood cinema.
An idea charged with paradox, eros has always defied categorization, and yet it cannot—it will not—be ignored. Erotikon aims to raise the difficult question of what, if anything, unifies the erotic manifold. How is eros in a sculpture like eros in a poem? Does the ancient story of Cupid and Psyche still speak meaningfully to modern readers, and if so, why? Is Plato's eros the same as Freud's? Or Proust's? And what is the erotic dimension in Nietzsche's thought? While each essay takes on a specific issue, together they constitute a wide-ranging conversation in which these broader questions are at play. A compilation of the latest, best efforts to reckon with eros, Erotikon will appeal not just to scholars and educators, but also to artists and critics, to the curious and the disillusioned, to the prurient and the prudent.
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An Introduction to Erotikon
Six Remarks on Platonic Eros
Six Remarks on Platonic Eros
Eros and the Roman Philosopher
Response to Shadi Bartsch
The Divided Consciousness of Augustine on Eros
A Response to David Tracy
The Swerve of the Real
On the Wish to Burn My Work
Proust and the Ladder of Love
Barthes and the Novel
Response to Philippe Roger
Cinemas Obscure Object of Desire
A Response to Tom Gunning
Lucretius to Freud
Response to James I Porter
The Architecture of Love in Baroque Rome
Architectures of Love and Strife
Selection of Poems Read at the Erotikon Symposium
Philosophers without Philosophy
Was will der Philosoph?
Give Dora a Break A Tale of Eros and Emotional Disruption
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