March 9, 2011

girard on EXTERNALLY MEDIATED desire

Girard describes desire as triangular [link], “it runs from the subject through the mediator to the object.” In external mediation “the angles of the triangle of desire can be large or small; the larger they are, the farther the distance between the plane of the subject and the plane of the mediator, and vice versa. When the distance is relatively far, the relationship between the subject and the mediator is one of pure imitation untrammeled by rivalry.” ~ Robert Hamerton-Kelly, The Gospel and the Sacred, 133.


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