Diotima’s Description of Why Eros is Not a God
Diotima first probes Socrates on the nature of gods. Socrates agrees that all gods are beautiful and happy, and Eros, the god of love, loves all that is beautiful and happy. Diotima refutes this by dictating that it is of this very reason that Eros cannot be a god. It is justified to Socrates by Diotima, and later to Agaton by Scorates, what it really means to ’love’. It is agreed that love is the love of an object, a love than can also be described as a desire for this particular object. And as one can not desire something that they already have, love must be a desire of something one does not possess. If Eros, the god of Love, love all things that are beautiful and happy, that means Eros must not posses either beauty of happiness. Since all good things are beautiful, Eros must lack all that is good, and without goodness, how can Eros be a god?
Diotima’s Description as to Why Love is a Philosoper
Now convinced that the god of love...