Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism

Author:   Russell Sbriglia ,  Slavoj Zizek ,  Adrian Johnston ,  Kathryn Van Wert
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Pages:   272
Publication Date:   30 January 2020
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Responding to the ongoing objectal turn throughout contemporary humanities and social sciences, the eleven essays in Subject Lessons present a sustained case for the continued importance-indeed, the indispensability-of the category of the subject for the future of materialist thought. Various neovitalist materialisms and realisms currently en vogue across a number of academic disciplines (from New Materialism and actor-network theory to speculative realism and object-oriented ontology) advocate a flat, horizontal ontology that renders the subject just another object amid a democracy of objects. By contrast, the dialectical materialism presented throughout Subject Lessons maintains that subjectivity is crucial to grasping matter's vibrancy and continual becoming in the first place. Approaching matters through the frame of Hegel and Lacan, the contributors to this volume-many of whom stand at the forefront of contemporary Hegel and Lacan scholarship-agree with neovitalist thinkers that material reality is ontologically incomplete, in a state of perpetual becoming, yet they do so with one crucial difference: they maintain that this is the case not in spite of but rather because of the subject. Incorporating elements of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literary and cultural studies, Subject Lessons contests the movement to dismiss the subject, arguing that there can be no truly robust materialism without accounting for the little piece of the Real that is the subject.

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Author:   Russell Sbriglia ,  Slavoj Zizek ,  Adrian Johnston ,  Kathryn Van Wert
Publisher:   Northwestern University Press
Imprint:   Northwestern University Press
ISBN:  

9780810141377


ISBN 10:   081014137
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   30 January 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
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Introduction: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism - Russell Sbriglia and Slavoj Zizek Part I. Hegel and Philosophical Materialism 1. What's the Matter? On Matter and Related Matters - Mladen Dolar 2. Subjectivity in Times of (New) Materialisms: Hegel and Conceptualization - Borna Radnik 3. Objects after Subjects: Hegel's Broken Ontology - Todd McGowan 4. Elements of Dialectical Materialism in Hegel and Marx - Andrew Cole 5. Intellectual Intuition and Intellectus Archetypus: Reflexivity from Kant to Hegel - Slavoj Zizek Part II. Lacan and Psychoanalytic Materialism 6. Fear of Science: Transcendental Materialism and Its Discontents - Adrian Johnston 7. Ontology and the Death Drive: Lacan and Deleuze - Alenka Zupancic 8. Why Sex is Special: Psychoanalysis against New Materialism - Nathan Gorelick 9. Twisting Flat Ontology : Harman's Allure and Lacan's Extimate Cause - Molly Anne Rothenberg 10. Becoming and the Challenge of Ontological Incompleteness: Virginia Woolf avec Lacan contra Deleuze - Kathryn Van Wert 11. From Sublimity to Sublimation: Hegel, Lacan, Melville - Russell Sbriglia Notes Contributors

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Think of it as 'object ontology' meets 'objet a ontology.' In this volume of superb essays, the 'new materialism' associated with figures like Harman, Meillassoux, Bennett, and Bryant finds a Lacanian rejoinder well spoken for by Hegel's famous line: 'Not only as substance but also as subject!' An invaluable exchange between two major currents of contemporary theory. -Richard Boothby, author of Freud as Philosopher: Metapsychology after Lacan A band of new materialists has come after the subject, knives drawn. In what ways do these thinkers differ from materialists past? From each other? What do they mean when they speak of materialism, of objects, or subjects? By confronting these basic questions directly, the essays in this collection cut through the babble of confused debate to offer clear accounts of the issues at stake. -Joan Copjec, author of Imagine There's No Woman


A band of new materialists has come after the subject, knives drawn. In what ways do these thinkers differ from materialists past? From each other? What do they mean when they speak of materialism, of objects, or subjects? By confronting these basic questions directly, the essays in this collection cut through the babble of confused debate to offer clear accounts of the issues at stake. --Joan Copjec, author of Imagine There's No Woman Think of it as 'object ontology' meets 'objet a ontology.' In this volume of superb essays, the 'new materialism' associated with figures like Harman, Meillassoux, Bennett, and Bryant finds a Lacanian rejoinder well spoken for by Hegel's famous line: 'Not only as substance but also as subject!' An invaluable exchange between two major currents of contemporary theory. --Richard Boothby, author of Freud as Philosopher: Metapsychology after Lacan


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Russell Sbriglia is an assistant professor of English at Seton Hall University. He is the editor of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Zizek. Slavoj Zizek is Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University, Seoul; Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University; and the international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London. He is the author of more than fifty books, including The Sublime Object of Ideology, Less Than Nothing, Incontinence of the Void, and Sex and the Failed Absolute.

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