episode #54 platonic love

Platonic love is a phrase used with allusion to Plato’s account of love in his Symposium. The Symposium was named after the cultural and social practice of the same name, which was a post-banquet gathering in which men would drink, listen to music, and relax. In the text, there are seven speakers, all based on historical characters. The main character in the dialogues is philosopher Socrates. speeches are in honour of the god Eros which explore the various concepts of love, explain the possibilities of how the feeling of love began and how it has evolved, both sexually and non-sexually, also why love is so important to us and yet why it fails us so often.

Love goes far beyond physical attraction. In fact, love exists in intellectual and spiritual forms too. 

I … profess to understand nothing but matters of love.

Socrates in Plato’s Symposium

Spoken word

Edgar Allan Poe: Annabel Lee read by Christopher Lee


Silver, Platinum & Gold: Just Friends

Thundercat: Friend Zone

Friendly Fires: Relationships

Gorillaz: People

Say Yes Dog: A Friend

Rupie Edwards: Ire Feelings (Leggo Skanga)

Amy Winehouse: Just Friends

Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66: With A Little Help From My Friends

Sonny Stitt: Just Friends

New York Jazz Lounge: Someone to Watch over Me

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Can’t We Be Friends

Diana Ross: Friend to Friend

Minnie Riperton: It’s So Nice (To See Old Friends)

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