Platonic dating meaning
According to Diotima in her discussion with Socrates, for anyone to achieve the final rung in the Ladder of Love, they would essentially transcend the body and rise to immortality - gaining direct access to Being.
Such a form of love is impossible for a mortal to achieve."Now, if both these portraits of love, the tragic and the comic, are exaggerations, then we could say that the genuine portrayal of Platonic love is the one that lies between them.
In the Middle Ages arose a new interest in Plato, his philosophy and his view of love.
This was caused by Georgios Gemistos Plethon during the Councils of Ferrara and Firenze in 1438-1439.
Later in 1469, Marsilio Ficino put forward a theory of neo-platonic love in which he defines love as a personal ability of an individual which guides their soul towards cosmic processes and lofty spiritual goals and heavenly ideas (De Amore, Les Belles Lettres, 2012).
Each step closer to the truth further distances love from beauty of the body toward love that is more focused on wisdom and the essence of beauty.The ladder starts with carnal attraction of body for body, progressing to a love for body and soul.Eventually, in time, with consequent steps up the ladder, the idea of beauty is eventually no longer connected with a body, but entirely united with Being itself.Platonic love as devised by Plato concerns rising through levels of closeness to wisdom and true beauty from carnal attraction to individual bodies to attraction to souls, and eventually, union with the truth. Platonic love is examined in Plato's dialogue, the Symposium, which has as its topic the subject of love or Eros generally.It explains the possibilities of how the feeling of love began and how it has evolved—both sexually and non-sexually.