7 Types of Love, As Per Plato and Aristotle

  1. Eros

Eros is sexual or passionate love, and is the type most akin to our modern construct of romantic love.

  1. Philia

The hallmark of philia, or friendship, is shared goodwill.

  1. Storge

Storge (‘store-gae’), or familial love, is a kind of philia pertaining to the love between parents and their children.

  1. Agape

Agape is universal love, such as the love for strangers, nature, or God. Unlike storge, it does not depend on filiation or familiarity. Also called charity by Christian thinkers, agape can be said to encompass the modern concept of altruism,

  1. Ludus

Ludus is playful or uncommitted love. It can involve activities such as teasing and dancing, or more overt flirting, seducing, and conjugating. The focus is on fun, and sometimes also on conquest, with no strings attached.

  1. Pragma

Pragma is a kind of practical love founded on reason or duty and one’s longer-term interests. Sexual attraction takes a back seat in favour of personal qualities and compatibilities, shared goals, and making it work.

  1. Philautia

Philautia is self-love, which can be healthy or unhealthy. Unhealthy self-love is akin to hubris.

Healthy self-love is akin to self-esteem, which is our cognitive and, above all, emotional appraisal of our own worth relative to that of others. More than that, it is the matrix through which we think, feel, and act, and reflects and determines our relation to ourselves, to others, and to the world. 

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2 Responses to 7 Types of Love, As Per Plato and Aristotle

  1. Eve says:

    学习了~ :)

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