Hi, I am looking for someone to write an article on the views on love and friendship Paper must be at least 1250 words. Please, no plagiarized work! There are two points that are critical in understanding Diotima’s view on love. First, for Diotima, according to Plato, love is divine. Diotima had an idealistic view of love and for him, true love or goodness/beauty does not exist in unique, particular and individual things, but exists in the ideal love/beauty or goodness. What we normally term as love, is nothing but particular expressions of absolute love. Absolute love is divine, and it is our object of love. When we love a particular thing, therefore, we love it not for its own sake but as an expression of absolute love- what we love in essence is the absolute goodness/goodness. This point is quite understandable in the light of Plato’s idealistic Metaphysics.
The second, equally important point in understanding Diotima’s view on love is the point that for Diotima, the reason we love is that we are incomplete and by loving we are make up for what is lacking in us. We love it because we are not self-sufficient. Love, therefore, is for filling what is lacking in us.
Against this backdrop, it is quite easy to understand her view of love as being for’’ begetting and birth in the beautiful’’. What Diotima essentially means, is that through love, we are able to achieve something that we did not have before. Since we are not complete, through loving what is complete, i.e. the absolute love, we achieve what we are lacking in. It is through love that a man and a woman get into a romantic relationship and through this kind of love a new offspring is born, i.e child. And through the love of wisdom, we get to know what we did not know before. this is also, a form of begetting. Just like Plato, Freud had a unified view of love, although, he did not conceive love as a divine reality like Plato.