destroyed as other’ (1986a: 71). Love
of the other within this masculine economy is tantamount to little more than a
narcissisticlove of the self. It is a kind of love that reflects back on the subject,
one that loves only that which returns as profit to the lover. As the dialectic implies,
the net effect of the subordination of difference leads to the ‘Empire of the Selfsame’
(1986a: 78), and other-regarding love is effectively a contradiction in terms.
Yet within this very history of masculine writing on love runs a deep vein
of concern particularly about the role of