Compare and contrast Diotima’s characterization of Love (Eros) and its “rites” with either Charles Peirce’s characterization of Cherishing-Love (Agape) or Emerson’s characterization of Romantic-Love (Eros).

Compare and contrast Diotima’s characterization of Love (Eros) and its “rites” with either Charles Peirce’s characterization of Cherishing-Love (Agape) or Emerson’s characterization of Romantic-Love (Eros).

 

Your comparison and contrast must be evaluative; that is, you must argue for the ways in which these different forms of Love lead to more or less admirable ethical lives, especially with regards to love.

 

Instructions: You should use your first paper as your starting point. Revise it and develop it as needed. This second paper should be 6 to 8 typed pages (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, regular margins).

 

It will be graded based on whether:  (1) you have a clear thesis to address the issue; (2) you support your thesis with a strong argument and specific evidence from Plato’s Symposium and Peirce’s “Evolutionary Love” or Emerson’s “Love.” The essays by Gregory Vlastos and Martha Nussbaum may be very helpful secondary sources to develop your arguments.

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