Primary Styles of Love, Eros Essay by writingsensation

Primary Styles of Love, Eros
An analysis of Eros or primal love.
# 68193 | 1,250 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Aug 08, 2006 in Anthropology (General) , Sociology (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper examines literature and research on the subject of Eros, the form of love equated with sexuality. The paper explains that Eros is often the target of scorn by religionists, sociologists and psychologists. Yet Eros was the first form of love, which was depicted in the story of Adam and Eve. The paper argues that the disparaging of Eros, in favor of other forms such as agape, has resulted in societal chaos and intense gender-based power struggles between man and woman. The paper examines the recent movement to return Eros to its once exalted role, and the prominent featuring of this movement in a number of articles published recently in academic journals cutting across a wide swath of communications-related disciplines.

From the Paper:

"Another commentator regarding Eros in education is Adams. Writing in the Western Journal of Communication, she proposed that it was blasphemous to keep Eros out of the academic world. She notes that Plato taught that "Thought without Eros is empty; and Eros, if directed only toward the sensual, without thought, is blind." She quotes, as well, Audre Lord, whose teachings included the concept that Eros was irreducible, an essential part of each person's selfhood and therefore, to negate it-verbally or actively-was to deny one's own existence. A long article by Smith discussing the work of author Nadine Gordimer, notes that in her work, although the concepts were derived from Eastern thought, it is impossible to separate Eros from all other forms of love."

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