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Robbie Kubala: Proust on Desire Satisfaction



Robbie Kubala (University of California, Santa Cruz)


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm





Robbie Kubala: Proust on Desire Satisfaction

The Philosophy and Literature Initiative is thrilled to invite you to our first event of the Winter quarter.
On January 20, Robbie Kubala (University of California, Santa Cruz) will workshop his chapter-in-progress,
Proust on Desire Satisfaction.”
Here is Robbie’s description of the chapter:
Proust’s thoughts on desire satisfaction can be summed up in one word: don’t. Don’t satisfy your desires; doing so will invariably fail to satisfy you. Should you therefore seek to eliminate desire? Absolutely not: desiring itself sustains you. The disappointment of attaining what you desire is one of Proust’s most persistent themes, elaborated in the florid intricacies of the Recherche but already expressed succinctly in an early story from Pleasures and Days, written when he was only 18: “Desire makes all things blossom; possession wilts them." If you believed this, what should you do? Best to aim not to satisfy your desires at all. This paper is a development and limited defense of these baldly stated claims.
Please join us via Zoom to listen and give feedback to Robbie. You will find his draft attached in the left sidebar.
The Zoom link was sent by email to the DLCL community. We can share it again by request: