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By William Gaddis

William Gaddis released 4 novels in the course of his lifetime, large and complicated books that helped inaugurate a brand new circulation in American letters. Now comes his ultimate paintings of fiction, a refined, targeted fruits of his paintings and ideas. For greater than fifty years Gaddis amassed notes for a booklet in regards to the mechanization of the humanities, informed in terms of a social background of the participant piano in the USA. within the years ahead of his demise in 1998, he distilled the full mass right into a fiction, a dramatic monologue by means of an aged guy with a terminal sickness. carrying on with Gaddis's career-long mirrored image on these points of company technological tradition which are uniquely damaging of the humanities, Agape Agape is a gorgeous success from one of many undeniable masters of postwar American fiction.

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Accordingly, Bolotin also asks how these self-sufficient beings might be related: Might not some of them, at least, be one another’s friends, if only in a limited sense? For even without needing one another, and without longing for one another in order to become whole (cf. 215b4), they might still, being kindred, desire and enjoy one another’s company. And if this were so, their friendly feeling for one another might be in a sense exemplary. For their affection would be free of the illusions which deceive the most generous or erotic of human friends.

It is what leads him constantly to re-evaluate the directions in which his discussion is leading both him and the boys. There are a number of points at which Socrates believes he has arrived at the truth concerning friendship, and just as regularly he finds himself questioning his own inner conviction, especially after the questions concerning likeness and unlikeness have been introduced into the discussion. When he has reached the conclusion that those who are alike in goodness must be friends, for instance, he declares to Lysis that “we’ve gotten hold of who are friends” (p.

This is neither absolute likeness nor absolute opposition, but deviation, and it is now understood as the circumstance in which love or friendship can arise. It should also be noted that this approach emphasizes the role of desire in friendship, though in this case the term is epithumia ( πιθυµrα), a longing that is not necessarily, but may be, erotic. This approach, as by now we might expect, also proves unsatisfactory to Socrates. After some lengthy argumentation, it appears that the problem lies in the very lack of absoluteness in this definition of friendship: the desire for the good is here seen as dependent on the presence of the bad.

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