Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets

Awards:   Winner of American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize 2017
Author:   Todd McGowan
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
ISBN:  

9780231178723


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   20 September 2016
Format:   Hardback
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  • Winner of American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize 2017

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Author:   Todd McGowan
Publisher:   Columbia University Press
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.553kg
ISBN:  

9780231178723


ISBN 10:   0231178727
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   20 September 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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McGowan's Capitalism and Desire turns around the predominant Leftist whining about the devastating psychic consequences of global capitalism, about how it undermines elementary structures of psychic stability which enable individuals to lead a meaningful life. The focus of his effort is, rather, the enigma of the success of capitalist ideology: how was it possible for such a destabilizing life practice to fully capture libidinal lives of billions, how was it possible that continuous crises and states of exception only strengthened its hold? In short, how is it possible that capitalism again and again imposes itself as the cure for the crisis it brings about? In answering these difficult questions, McGowan produced a classic. -- Slavoj Zizek McGowan's argument is positively brilliant-almost every page brings a startling insight and every chapter compels an exciting reorientation of thought. Because of its paradigm-shifting originality, Capitalism and Desire places McGowan among the most prominent critical thinkers of his generation and competes admirably even with the very best work of the generation before him. -- Mari Ruti, University of Toronto With Capitalism and Desire, Todd McGowan provides an admirably accessible and intellectually sophisticated analysis of the real connections between capitalism and psychoanalysis. This is a wonderful book demonstrating immense intellectual vitality - it is simply impossible to ignore it. -- Fabio Vighi, University of Cardiff How many syntheses of Marx and Freud been forged in an attempt to ground a critique of capitalism -- only in the end to fail? After tallying their individual failures, this smart book goes on to confront their underlying problem: a botched reading of Freud. Relying on Lacan's radical re-excavation of Freud, McGowan offers brand new ideas about the subject's ensnarement in the freedoms of capitalism and the possibilities of resistance to them. -- Joan Copjec, Brown University The immense satisfaction of Todd McGowan's latest and most ambitious book is achieved, appropriately enough, by putting capitalism to the test of a suitably profound (and paradoxical) conception of satisfaction itself. Astonishingly far-ranging in its references yet written in perfectly limpid prose, Capitalism and Desire sets a new high-water mark in contemporary social and political philosophy. A dazzling work of theory. -- Richard Boothby, Loyola University, Maryland


McGowan's argument is positively brilliant-almost every page brings a startling insight and every chapter compels an exciting reorientation of thought. Because of its paradigm-shifting originality, Capitalism and Desire places McGowan among the most prominent critical thinkers of his generation and competes admirably even with the very best work of the generation before him. -- Mari Ruti, University of Toronto With Capitalism and Desire, Todd McGowan provides an admirably accessible and intellectually sophisticated analysis of the real connections between capitalism and psychoanalysis. This is a wonderful book demonstrating immense intellectual vitality - it is simply impossible to ignore it. -- Fabio Vighi, University of Cardiff


McGowan's Capitalism and Desire turns around the predominant Leftist whining about the devastating psychic consequences of global capitalism, about how it undermines elementary structures of psychic stability which enable individuals to lead a meaningful life. The focus of his effort is, rather, the enigma of the success of capitalist ideology: how was it possible for such a destabilizing life practice to fully capture libidinal lives of billions, how was it possible that continuous crises and states of exception only strengthened its hold? In short, how is it possible that capitalism again and again imposes itself as the cure for the crisis it brings about? In answering these difficult questions, McGowan produced a classic. -- Slavoj Zizek McGowan's argument is positively brilliant-almost every page brings a startling insight and every chapter compels an exciting reorientation of thought. Because of its paradigm-shifting originality, Capitalism and Desire places McGowan among the most prominent critical thinkers of his generation and competes admirably even with the very best work of the generation before him. -- Mari Ruti, University of Toronto With Capitalism and Desire, Todd McGowan provides an admirably accessible and intellectually sophisticated analysis of the real connections between capitalism and psychoanalysis. This is a wonderful book demonstrating immense intellectual vitality - it is simply impossible to ignore it. -- Fabio Vighi, University of Cardiff How many syntheses of Marx and Freud been forged in an attempt to ground a critique of capitalism -- only in the end to fail? After tallying their individual failures, this smart book goes on to confront their underlying problem: a botched reading of Freud. Relying on Lacan's radical re-excavation of Freud, McGowan offers brand new ideas about the subject's ensnarement in the freedoms of capitalism and the possibilities of resistance to them. -- Joan Copjec, Brown University The immense satisfaction of Todd McGowan's latest and most ambitious book is achieved, appropriately enough, by putting capitalism to the test of a suitably profound (and paradoxical) conception of satisfaction itself. Astonishingly far-ranging in its references yet written in perfectly limpid prose, Capitalism and Desire sets a new high-water mark in contemporary social and political philosophy. A dazzling work of theory.


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Todd McGowan is associate professor of film studies at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Enjoying What We Don't Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis (2013) and The Impossible David Lynch (Columbia, 2007), among other books.

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