Erotic mania

EROTIC MANIA, med. jur. A name given to a morbid activity of the sexual propensity. It is a disease or morbid affection of the mind, which fills it with a crowd of voluptuous images, and hurries its victim to acts of the grossest licentiousness, in the absence of any lesion of the intellectual powers. Vide Mania.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In his opinion the killer must have been a man of solitary habits, subject to "periodical attacks of homicidal and erotic mania", with the character of the mutilations possibly indicating "satyriasis" Bond also stated that "the homicidal impulse may have developed from a revengeful or brooding condition of the mind, or that religious mania may have been the original disease but I do not think either hypothesis is likely".
When one sees another person as beautiful and, in this erotic mania, sees beauty-itself incarnate, the lover "stands outside human concerns and draws close to the divine; ordinary people think he [sic] is disturbed and rebuke him for this, unaware that he is possessed by [a] god." This mania is sublimely pleasurable, but it is also painful since the lover's desire for the intelligible Form of beauty cannot be granted within the sensible world.