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Love, especially excessive, of knowledge.
[G. epistēmē, knowledge, + philos, fond]
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7) Indeed, Godwin's novel speaks rather prophetically about psychoanalysis as the symptom of an Enlightenment epistemophilia without cure.
The repercussions of this displacement are perhaps most compelling in their connotations for the Freudian concepts of Wisstrieb, or epistemophilia, and Schaulust, or scopophilia.
called the drive to knowledge [1974, VII, 194] or epistemophilia.
For instance, when Ambrosio uses his magic mirror to spy voyeuristicaliy on Antonia (later further unveiled as his sister) bathing in The Monk, his blind "Gothic gaze" reveals that both his scopophilia and epistemophilia are "stained.