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The subject of liberation : Žižek, politics, psychoanalysis

Author: Charles H Wells
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
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"The book shares Žižek's central problem of how to revitalize the radical political left through theory. It initially follows the argument developed in The Ticklish Subject that contemporary leftist thought is divided by antagonism between a Marxist revolutionary politics founded on Enlightenment philosophy and a politics of identity founded on post-modern post-structuralism. How Žižek used Lacan's theory of  Read more...
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Wells, Charles H., 1978-
Subject of liberation
(DLC) 2014006067
(OCoLC)857981566
Named Person: Slavoj Žižek; Jacques Lacan; Jacques Lacan; Slavoj Žižek
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles H Wells
ISBN: 9781623569471 1623569478
OCLC Number: 881429639
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Contents: Cover; Contents; Introduction: The Subject of Liberation; The Lacanian Left; Why Lacan?; Why Žižek? Why The Ticklish Subject?; Part 1 The Problem; 1 How to Read the Ticklish Subject; I'm not yet writing a book; Look where it comes again, Horatio!; Žižek's postmodern other; The Ticklish Subject: A drama; 2 Leftist Philosophy and Lacan's Theory of Character Structures; That old leftist problem; The deadlock of desire: Perversion vs. hysteria; The philosophy of perversion; The philosophy of hysteria; Acting out the doubt; The philosophy of obsessionality. Part 2 The Subject, Ideology and Psychoanalysis3 The Žižekian Universal Subject; Psychoanalysis as liberation: Traversing the fantasy; Why Butler?; The anxious void of subjectivity: Žižek as a reader of Laplanche; The fundamental fantasy: Enjoyment, masochism, consistency; Žižek's cogito: The Other doesn't know, therefore I don't know; 4 Ideology: The Big Other, the Symbolic Mandate and the Social Superego; The big other; Interpellation: The subject's symbolic mandate; Superego: The return of enjoyment; The social superego; The perverse turn: How to have your cake and eat it too. 5 Freedom and Responsibility: The Liberatory Promise of Lacanian PsychoanalysisDefining liberation: Hamlet on the couch; Gertrude doesn't know; Returning the question: The freedom to decide and responsibility for deciding; Others who are supposed: Traversing the social fantasy; Part 3 Contemporary Ideologies; 6 The Problem of Postmodernity: A Life of Pleasures; Traditional ideology has been traversed ... ; And, in its place, postmodern ideology!; The postmodern ego-ideal: Buy two, get one free!; Liberal tolerant multiculturalism; 7 The Postmodern Social Superego: Reflexive Sadomasochism. Enjoy your discipline!Reflexive sadomasochism; Postmodern ideology's traditional other; 8 The Unholy Conspiracy: Postmodern Ideology and (Pseudo- )Fundamentalism; Fundamentalism, psychosis and the need for another framework; The really (non- )existing big Other; The other supposed to enjoy/believe 1: Misunderstanding postmodern ideology; The other supposed to enjoy/believe 2: Misunderstanding fundamentalism; The postmodern/fundamentalist pact: Stop believing and know!; Part 4 Going Through the Deadlock; 9 Antagonism in the Real. Towards a definition of the post-analytic subject and the liberated societyAntagonism in the real; Deciding how to decide; Infinitely proliferating perspectives: Aggravation and mediation; Warfare vs. recognition: A single structural divide; What aggravation points towards without knowing it; 10 The Theory of the Four Fundamental Discourses; The four fundamental discourses: A mapping exercise; The discourses; The philosophies and their discourses; Correcting hysteria: Master yourself!; Correcting perversion: Acknowledge the void!; 11 The Deadlock of Lacanian Ethics and the Analytic Moment.
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"The book shares Žižek's central problem of how to revitalize the radical political left through theory. It initially follows the argument developed in The Ticklish Subject that contemporary leftist thought is divided by antagonism between a Marxist revolutionary politics founded on Enlightenment philosophy and a politics of identity founded on post-modern post-structuralism. How Žižek used Lacan's theory of character structures is examined here to describe this theoretical deadlock and explain how the dominant contemporary ideologies of liberal tolerant multiculturalism and reactionary "pseudo-fundamentalism" compete to mobilize the individual subject's unconscious drive to enjoyment. The book thus emphasizes the moments in which Žižek hints that Lacanian theory may describe a practice that facilitates the resolution of antagonisms that placate radical leftist politics. It challenges prevalent interpretations of Lacanian ends of analysis, to ultimately connect the psychoanalytic cure to the leftist project of social and political liberation. The Subject of Liberation argues that if Lacan is to be useful to leftist politics, then the left has to develop its own definitions of the post-analytic subject, and proposes one such definition developed out of Lacanian and Zizekian theory"--

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