The Erotic Mirror

In this short video Dr. David O’Connor talks about the Erotic Mirror in the Phaedrus.

Plato offers an extraordinary image of the nature of erotic love in the Phaedrus. How do you know that you are beautiful? You know it because of the way in which your lover looks at you. There is a risk of narcissism, but the image that your lover reflects back is an improved you. You must live up to that improved image out of love. Marriage is a place in which lovers see the divine image of each other and their potential, and try to live up to each other’s expectations and aspirations.
David K. O’Connor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, member of TIC Advisory Board.