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Psychanodia. Ways of Eros and Beauty in «El libro dell'Amore» by Marsilio Ficino

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Exploring the Ficino's Commentary to Plato's "Symposium", this paper aims to reveal the non-dualistic nature of the love experience through the paradoxical, dialectical relationship between the lover and the beloved and the enjoyment of the beauty. Starting from the neoplatonic henology and the erotic-cosmogonic movement of the One as creation of forms - and in that way of the apparition of love and beauty - and the opposite movement of ascension of the soul through forms toward the One, an aesthetic overcoming of all forms of duality - God/world, intelligible/sensible, transcendent/immanent - is settled. The inextricable double bind between love and authentic beauty - which is the opposit of the aesthetic "hybris" of desire to possess forms without any recongnition of their true origin - drives to the exorbitant experience of the dissolution of the ego, producing that gnoseological rapture which the henological experience of the One ultimately is.


  • Platonic Eros
  • Beauty
  • Paradox
  • Marsilio Ficino
  • Plato's Symposium


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