Platonic love

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Platonic love or platonic relationship (often lower-cased as platonic[1]) means a close relationship between two people that is not sexual.[2] In the modern use it has generally been used to mean a non-sexual relationship between heterosexual friends.[3] The term is named after the philosopher Plato, though the philosopher never used the term himself. He was the first to describe this kind of love.[4]. Plato calls this his theory of erôs (meaning "love").[4] He describes this philosophy in his dialogues the Phaedrus and the Symposium.[5] Like many in his society, Plato was most interested in the same-sex relationships between older and younger men.[5] But his theory can apply to other kinds of erotic relationships as well.[5] Platonic love includes a sexual desire that is overcome by a stronger desire and appreciation for friendship.[5]

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  3. Lydia Amir, 'Plato’s theory of Love: Rationality as Passion', Practical Philosophy (November 2001), p. 6
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Plato (427—347 B.C.E.)". Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Neel Burton M.D. (23 June 2012). "Plato on True Love". Psychology Today. Retrieved 5 December 2015.