Lacan: The Silent Partners

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Slavoj Žižek
Verso, 2006 - Philosophy - 406 pages

Jacques Lacan is the foremost psychoanalytic theorist after Freud. Revolutionising the study of social relations, his work has been a major influence on political theory, philosophy, literature and the arts, but his thought has so far been studied without a serious investigation of its foundations. Just what are the influences on his thinking, so crucial to its proper understanding?

In Lacan: The Silent Partners Slavoj Zizek, the maverick theorist and pre-eminent Lacan scholar, has marshalled some of the greatest thinkers of our age in support of a dazzling re-evaluation of Lacan's work. Focussing on Lacan's 'silent partners', those who are the hidden inspiration to Lacanian theory, they discuss his work in relation to the Pre-Socratics, Diderot, Hegel, Nietzsche, Schelling, Hölderlin, Wagner, Turgenev, Kafka, Henry James and Artaud.

This major collection, including three essays by Zizek, marks a new era in the study of this unsettling thinker, breathing new life into his classic work.

Contributors: Alain Badiou, Bruno Bosteels, Miran Bozovic, Lorenzo Chiesa, Joan Copjec, Mladen Dolar, Timothy Huson, Fredric Jasmeson, Adrian Johnston, Sigi Jöttkandt, Silvia Ons, Robert Pfaller, Alenka Zupancic and Slavoj Zizek.


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Jacques Lacan, who thought of himself as a psychoanalyst, was a much-talked-about, if somewhat mysterious, figure of the Parisian intellectual community from the 1920s until his death in 1980. His ... Read full review

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Lacan and the PreSocratics
The Omniscient Body
Ghosts of Substance Past Schelling Lacan and the Denaturalization of Nature
Truth and Contradiction Reading Hegel with Lacan
Nietzsche Freud Lacan
May 68 The Emotional Month
Alain Badious Theory of the Subject The Recommencement of Dialectical Materialism
Burned by the Sun
The Politics of Redemption or Why Richard Wagner Is Worth Saving
Forfeits and Comparisons Turgenevs First Love
Kates Choice or The Materialism of Henry James
Kafkas Voices
Lacan with Artaud jouissens jouissens jouissans
Lacan and the Dialectic A Fragment
Notes on Contributors

The Concrete Universal and What Comedy Can Tell Us About It
The Familiar Unknown the Uncanny the Comic

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Slavoj Zizek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Zizek, and many more.

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the E'cole normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the Subject, Being and Event, Manifesto for Philosophy, and Gilles Deleuze. His recent books include The Meaning of Sarkozy, Ethics, Metapolitics, Polemics, The Communist Hypothesis, Five Lessons on Wagner, and Wittgenstein's Anti-Philosophy.

Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University, is the author of Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America, and The Actuality of Communism. He is also the translator of several books by Alain Badiou: Theory of the Subject, Can Politics Be Thought? and What Is Antiphilosophy? Essays on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Lacan. He currently serves as the General Editor of Diacritics.

Joan Copjec is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

Fredric Jameson is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he has over the last three decades developed a richly nuanced vision of Western culture's relation to political economy. He was a recipient of the 2008 Holberg International Memorial Prize. He is the author of many books, including Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, The Cultural Turn, A Singular Modernity, The Modernist Papers, Archaeologies of the Future, Brecht and Method, Ideologies of Theory, Valences of the Dialectic, The Hegel Variations and Representing Capital.

Alenka Zupan'i? is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy in the Slovene Academy of Sciences, Ljublijana

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