Metaphysical Desire

However, it is not strictly true that the subject always desires an ‘object’ at all. What really drives the individual may be something much more elusive and imprecise: the search for a quasi-transcendent state of well-being, of fulfilment, of self-actualisation, which goes beyond simple possession of any object or set of objects… [This notion is called] ‘metaphysical desire,’ where no specific object is aimed at, but rather an indeterminate but insistent yearning for the fullness of ‘being.’

Discovering Girard – Michael Kirwan (22), talking about mimetic desire

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