Erotikonbrings together leading contemporary intellectuals from a variety of fields for an expansive debate on the full meaning of eros. Renowned scholars of philosophy, literature, classics, psychoanalysis, theology, and art history join poets and a novelist to offer fresh insights into a topic that is at once ancient and forever young. Restricted neither by historical period nor by genre, these contributions explore manifestations of erosthroughout Western culture, in subjects ranging from ancient philosophy and baroque architecture to modern literature and Hollywood cinema.An idea charged with paradox, eroshas always defied categorization, and yet it cannotit will notbe ignored. Erotikonaims to raise the difficult question of what, if anything, unifies the erotic manifold. How is erosin a sculpture like erosin a poem? Does the ancient story of Cupid and Psyche still speak meaningfully to modern readers, and if so, why? Is Plato's erosthe same as Freud's? Or Proust's? And what is the erotic dimension in Nietzsche's thought? While each essay takes on a specific issue, together they constitute a wide-ranging conversation in which these broader questions are at play. A compilation of the latest, best efforts to reckon with eros, Erotikonwill appeal not just to scholars and educators, but also to artists and critics, to the curious and the disillusioned, to the prurient and the prudent.Bartsch, Shadi is the author of 'Erotikon Essays On Eros, Ancient And Modern', published 2005 under ISBN 9780226038384 and ISBN 0226038386.