Fall 1988 • Vol. X No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1988 |

A World of Ethical Images

Find You the Virtue: Ethics, Image and Desire in Literature by Irving Massey. Fairfax, Va.: George Mason University Press, 1987. 288 pages. $27.50. In this extraordinary book, the subtitle at one stroke promises what it then does perform: a synthesis, strenuously achieved and presented with consummate grace, of three topics now under intense discussion, ethics, image, and desire. The modern philosopher, observing psychic behavior, often will integrate prior observations and systems into his own, using literature as a privileged collocation of experience. So Lacan integrates and systematizes not only Freud but Husserl and Sartre as well. Lacan comes to ethics, repeatedly, and notably in "L'Ethique de la psychanalyse" (the last published volume of the Séminaires), drawing easily on writers, in this case Sade and Sophocles. So Girard, integrating and systematizing Freud and Frazer, uses literature as his almost exclusive material of reference. Massey, who integrates all of the

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The Wilderness of Mirrors

By Albert Cook

Find You the Virtue: Ethics, Image and Desire in Literature by Irving Massey. Fairfax, Va.: George Mason University Press, 1987. 288 pages. $27.50. In this extraordinary book, the subtitle at […]

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