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In Weimar Goethe did not have much time to publish fiction. He was a council member and member of the war commission, director of roads and services, and managed the financial affairs of the court. Also Goethe's scientific researches were wide. He discovered the human intermaxilarry bone (1784), and formulated a vertebral theory of the skull. His idea of Urpflanze, the archetypal forms after which all other plants are patterned, has similarities with Plato's theory of eternal and changeless Forms. In general, Goethe's metaphysics and organic view of nature showed the influence of Spinoza.

During this period, his great love was Charlotte von Stein, an older married woman, but the relationship remained platonic. Eventually Goethe was released from day-to-day governmental duties to concentrate on writing, although he was still general supervisor for arts and sciences, and director of the court theatres. After Goethe's emotional dependence on Charlotte ended, he lived happily and unmarried with Christiane Vulpius, who became Goethe's mistress in 1789. In spite of public pressure, it was not until 1806 when they married.

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What is the meaning of a platonic relationship on the above?
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Hi,

Simply put, they never had sex.

Clive
A Platonic love is a kind of Dag Hammerskjold's love.

paco
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What is Dag Hammerskjöld's love? He was Secretary General of the UN in 50's. He was killed in 60's , I think. What is his love? I haven't learnt anything related to his love.
RexWhat is Dag Hammerskjöld's love? He was Secretary General of the UN in 50's. He was killed in 60's , I think. What is his love? I haven't learnt anything related to his love.
Yes you are right. His spirit was too great to love women carnally.
paco

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Please take my previous post just as kind of a joke. But I sincerely respected Dag Hammerskjold. He was a great stateman internationally as well as domestically in Sweden, maybe one of the greatest persons who lived the 20th century. Despite of his brillant career, he seems to have been a very "inner" person. It is said what he hated most in doing UN secretary general was to attend parties. I was shocked to know he tried to commit suicide twice when he was young. As long as I know, he never got married to any woman, right?

paco
Thanks paco

I haven't heard details as to Dag Hammerskjöld life. I could find out.
Though the phrase historically seems to have more than one implication, I understand it to mean, in most contemporary usage, that the relationship-- usually an active and close one --between two individuals is based on their attraction to each other's strength of character and intellect more than on the basis of their sexual interests.
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