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I. The Term – II. Eros and Amor – III. Eros and Agape (Caritas) – IV. Eros in Philosophy

I. The Term

The Greek term ἔρως/éros, noun, verb ἐρᾶν/erā́n (“to be in love with”), denotes an intense affection or desire. It can express a passion for an inanimate object, such as wine or one's city, or even for wisdom, as in Plato. However, eros is commonly associated with erotic love or infatuation, and involves a sexual component. It is imagined as being inspired…

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Konstan, David, Stock, Konrad and Figal, Günter, “Eros”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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