Between Socrates and Alcibiades: Commentary on Session XI
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This commentary asks (again): what is the ágalma, and in the context of this session what does Alcibiades recognize in Socrates that qualifies to the label of agalma? Alcibiades—as Lacan writes in the previous chapter—“rips us away from the dialectic of beauty that had, up until then, served as the pathway, guide, or mode of capture along the pathway of the desirable” (138). For it is what’s inside the other that matters, not what presses in from the great beyond, which Alcibiades believes is precisely Socrates’ confusion and even inhibition, as he always moves from the singular to the general, from the hidden gem to the big idea, from passionate attachment to reasonable affection.
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