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Fink, B. (2015). Love and/in Psychoanalysis: A Commentary on Lacan's Reading of Plato's Symposium in Seminar VIII: Transference. Psychoanal. Rev., 102(1):59-91.

(2015). Psychoanalytic Review, 102(1):59-91

Love and/in Psychoanalysis: A Commentary on Lacan's Reading of Plato's Symposium in Seminar VIII: Transference

Bruce Fink, Ph.D.

What is love and what part does it play in psychoanalysis? Where are the analyst and the analysand situated in relation to the roles defined as those of the “lover” and the “beloved”? Jacques Lacan explores these and other questions in his soon-to-be-published Seminar VIII: Transference by providing an extensive commentary on Plato's most famous dialogue on love, the Symposium. This paper outlines some of the major points about love that grow out of Lacan's reading of the dialogue and examines their relevance to the analytic setting. Can the analyst be characterized as a sort of modern-day Socrates?

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