How is the Love of Socrates, the Gadfly? An Interpretation

Jacques-Louis David, La Mort de Socrate

Jacques-Louis David, La Mort de Socrate

This little post is what Germans would call a “Denkansatz,” a first attempt to think about a larger subject.

I will try to explain my interpretation of the above question by contrasting two possible ways of understanding the transformation that occurs in the subject-in-love.

Before I present this comparison, I might have to note that the basis for this interpretation is an intrinsically asymmetrical notion of love, as we find it in Ancient homoerotic love, and not in modern Romantic love. Whether this interpretation can be applied to a modern understanding of love, is a different question altogether, not treated in this post.
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