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II. Solovyov On Eros And Creativity: “The Fullest Sounding Chord…”

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Vladimir Solovyov was without doubt the greatest system builder and the greatest religious philosopher of the 19th century. This chapter characterizes his worldview generally and focuses on the specific works which appear to anticipate the Freudian notion of sublimation-the connection between sexuality and creativity. It attempts to explain Solovyov's own notion of his project, as reflected through his sense of "Plato's drama". as indicative of his own. Inasmuch as Plato in the Symposium had explicitly extended the term Eros beyond sexual love and procreation to include the soul's Eros, the activity of the makers, artists, inventors, philosophers, one can ask how Solovyov. The human creativity which immortalizes a piece of marble such as Michelangelo's "Moses," or saves another person from death, by immortalizing love/Eros, is not only similar to beauty as a relationship, but virtually the same.

Keywords: Eros; Plato; Vladimir Solovyov



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