103 Platonic Love: Dasein's Urge toward Being RICHARD ROJCEWICZ Point Park College I wish to draw out an undeveloped but highly suggestive remark Heidegger makes in his lectures on Plato's Sophist. These lectures con- tain an excursus in which Heidegger, in order to discuss Plato's posi- tion regarding rhetoric, engages in an interpretation of the second part of the Phaedrus. Before proceeding to this interpretation, how- ever, Heidegger briefly characterizes the Phaedrus in general. The char- acterization proper is left quite undeveloped and is actually expressed only in the section title. There it says that the central theme of the dialogue is "human Dasein itself in its relation to Being." A few lines down, Heidegger asserts, quite peremptorily, that the love Socrates speaks of is nothing else than Dasein's "urge toward Being itself" (Drang zum Sein selbst) .1 That is the suggestive insight into Platonic love I wish to interpret. Yet I do not merely propose to use it in order to interpret Plato, but I also intend to look at Platonic love to interpret Dasein. In other words, I want to let these two-our understanding of Dasein and our understanding of Platonic love-shed light on one another.
Research in Phenomenology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1997