phi247 12.04 - 12/4 PHI247 Failure of the love relation: 1)...

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12/4 PHI247 Failure of the love relation: 1) Love is deception: each tries to use the other 2) The other can give the objectifying look 3) The love relation can be relativized by others 4) Relativization can be furthered by applying objective categories of analysis to the other Love masochism indifference / desire sadism “In desire I make myself flesh in order to appropriate the other’s flesh. Appropriating the other’s flesh, I in turn, am revealed as flesh – as this alive facticity.” Love is a troubled subjectivity responsible for itself. My relationship with others can take a turn to masochism. Instead of trying to incorporate someone else’s subjectivity into my own being, I try to rid myself of the pain of this plague, my own subjectivity, by forcing it on my partner – for it is all too present. I want to be used and manipulated by another. By giving someone else my full freedom and letting them do what they wish with me, by making myself an object for their entertainment, approval, and consent, I forget about my own painful subjectivity. Even the person who pays someone to whip him is treating that person as an instrument. Even the
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phi247 12.04 - 12/4 PHI247 Failure of the love relation: 1)...

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