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Monday, January 29, 2007

The Faces of Love: Eros, Philos & Agape

I learned, as a young composition student, and continue to believe that there are three types or modes of loving in the world: eros, philos and agape. All other descriptions of love, merely categorize the various nuances of the state of loving or being in love; they reflect the intensity level and the intersections of these three. Click on the title of this post and follow the link to Visions of to check out the descriptions given for the "The 9 Types of Love."

aga·pe (God centered)
Function: nounEtymology: Late Latin, from Greek agapE, literally, love
a. a meal eaten in common by a Christian congregation in token of brotherly love
b. a gathering held to promote reconciliation and good feeling or show someone affectionate honor
2 : LOVE 4a

eros (Sexual)
3 a : love conceived in the philosophy of Plato as a fundamental creative impulse having a sensual element b often not capitalized : erotic love or desire

philos (Brotherly)
Variant(s): or philo-Function: combining form Etymology: Greek, from philos dear, friendly: loving : having an affinity for


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