What Does “Platonic Love” Mean and Where Did the Term For Unconsummated Love Come From?

The Greek philosopher Plato observed his teacher Socrates’ great but non-sexual love for young men, and concluded that the purest form of love exists only within the mind.

Ideal love’s perfection is spiritual, and that perfection is often destroyed by a sexual act.

Eventually, Plato’s philosophy on love was expanded to include women.

what does platonic love mean and where did the term for unconsummated love come from

“Platonic love” entered popular use in English around 1630.

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