Plato's Eros, Camus' Sisyphus, and the Impossibility of Philosophical Satisfaction

Gilead, Amihud
June 1988
Clio;Summer88, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p323
Academic Journal
The article discusses that Plato and Camus both agreed with the impossibility of philosophical satisfaction. This sameness in reasons and opinions is grounded in a common understanding of the nature of the erotic drive of philosophy, since Plato's Eros and Camus' Sisyphus share much in common. Considering the Platonic interpretation of the word philosophy, some of the greatest philosophers challenge the idea that the philosophical desire cannot be satisfied. The philosophical Eros, if it is not denied or repressed, rejects to die or to accept "satisfaction" by a sterilization or castration of the desire for metaphysics.


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