“The Psychology of the Rich: Pausanias”—Commentary on Session IV

  • Stephanie Swales
Part of the The Palgrave Lacan Series book series (PALS)


After briefly highlighting Lacan’s formulation of the metaphor of love, this chapter offers a close reading of Lacan’s comments on Pausanius’ encomium on love. When it comes to matters of love, Lacan criticizes this register of value—one based in the imaginary or the symbolic. Lacan provides us with the parable of the rich Calvinist in order to make his point that giving what you have does not achieve the signification of love. Next, in solving the key riddle of why Aristophanes had the hiccoughs, Lacan shows that Plato—as well as numerous of the Symposium attendees—found Pausanius’ ideas about love to be laughable.


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  • Stephanie Swales
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  1. 1.University of DallasIrvingUSA

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