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‘James' Philosophical Agora’ is an on-line archive for various pieces of personal writing on mostly fairly serious subjects; yet hopefully with a few amusing or curious items and anecdotes along the way as well. Many pieces were primarily written to share with individual friends, but are made available here for any others who might find the points discussed interesting or helpful, or who are 'treading the same path' and may wish to comment or add to them.
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Monday, June 10, 2013
On Love - 01 - Love Has Many Guises
.....'Unlike us, the ancients did not lump all the various emotions that we label "love" under the one word. They had several variations, including:
Philia which they saw as a deep but usually non-sexual intimacy between close friends and family members or as a deep bond forged by soldiers as they fought alongside each other in battle. Ludus describes a more playful affection found in fooling around or flirting.
Pragma is the mature love that develops over a long period of time between long-term couples and involves actively practising goodwill, commitment, compromise and understanding.
Agape is a more generalised love, it's not about exclusivity but about love for all of humanity.
Philautia is self love, which isn't as selfish as it sounds. As Aristotle discovered and as any psychotherapist will tell you, in order to care for others you need to be able to care about yourself.
Eros Although last, and probably least even though it causes the most trouble, eros is about sexual passion and desire. Unless it morphs into philia and/or pragma, eros will burn itself out.
Love is all of the above. But is it possibly unrealistic to expect to experience all six types with only one person. This is why family and community are important.
(Philippa Perry is a psychotherapist and author of Couch Fiction.) [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/13/what-is-love-five-theories]
Pieces about Current Interests 2017 - 2018
New 2016 - Thoughts and Ideas from Greece
Earlier Posts On This Blog from 2015
- Economy - Greece - 01 - The Big Greek Export They stoped Making
- Economy - Greece - 02 - Greek Debts - Think Outside The Bank Box
- Economy - Greece - 03 - Greece Thinks Germany Owes The Debt - Distimo
- Human Soul - Does it Exist - and Is It Immortal if it Does?
- On Love - 01 - Love Has Many Guises
- On Love - 02 - Regarding the Longevity of True Love
- Politics 01 - Can You Tell Me Please ? Some Basic Questions About Politics
- Practical Philosophy 01 - "Know Thyself" - (Socrates Encourages Young Alcibiades Who Wants Political Office..... part A of a talk )
- Practical Philosophy 02 - Your Own Unique Philosophical Path and tips on how to uncover it - part B of "Know Thyself" talk
- Practical Philosophy 03 - Arete and Living With Virtue
- Practical Philosophy 04 - Apotheioses - and starting from the bottom again
- Practical Philosophy 05 - Life Is An Opportunity - and we have to choose wisely....
- Science 01 - How Algorithms Shape Our Modern World and Choose Our TV Programmes For Us !
- Spiritual Writing 01 - The Boats and the Choice of Companions for that Long Voyage. (A letter to my friend George - 2004)
- Spiritual Writing 02 - The Library of Life - Finding The Correct Spiritual Path and Knowing Thyself (A second letter to my friend George - 2005)
- Tips For The Week.... A Few Light Hearted Suggestions for Real Philosophers struggling along life's varied Path