1st Edition

Philosophy After Lacan Politics, Science, and Art

Edited By Alireza Taheri, Chris Vanderwees, Reza Naderi Copyright 2024
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Philosophy After Lacan: Politics, Science, and Art brings together reflections on contemporary philosophy inspired by and in dialogue with Lacanian theory.

    Rather than focus on the thinkers who came before Lacan, the editors maintain attention on innovations in contemporary philosophy that owe their emergence to complimentary, critical, direct, or tangential engagement with Lacan. This collection makes one of the first concerted efforts to expand discussions between psychoanalysis and more recent philosophical thinkers while gathering chapters by some of the leading philosophical voices of the present moment. With contributors from around the world, this book has international appeal and is unique in its emphasis on contemporary philosophies inspired or influenced by Lacan.

    Philosophy After Lacan will not only appeal to psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, but also to students and professors of philosophy, critical theory, psychology, politics, history, and literature.



    About the Contributors


    Series Preface




    Lacan’s Lesson for Philosophy: Why True Atheism Has to be Indirect

    Slavoj Žižek


    My Transference with Lacan as a Thinker

    Sergio Benvenuto


    The Psychiatrist Despite Himself: How Sganarelle Parodied the University Discourse without Knowing It

    Alireza Taheri


    How Not to Kill a Hysteric

    Jamieson Webster


    Feed My Desire: Occupy Wall Street and the Prospect of a Lacanian Gay Science

    Daniel Adleman


    Doomsday Fantasy: The Logic of Logistical Blocking of the Left

    Arian Behzadi


    Real Ethics and the “Ethics of the Real”: After Lacan and Wittgenstein

    Paul M. Livingston


    Lacan with Derrida

    Chris Vanderwees


    “Lacan is Our Hegel”: Dialectic from Hegel to Lacan to Badiou

    Reza Naderi


    The Place of Mathematics: Badiou with Lacan

    Jelica Šumič Riha


    The Logic of Institutions in Lacanian Psychoanalysis

    Gabriel Tupinambá




    Alireza Taheri is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist based in Toronto, Canada. He is a faculty member of Persepolis Psychoanalytic and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is the author of Hegelian-Lacanian Variations on Late Modernity: Spectre of Madness (Routledge) where he develops a novel dialectical theory based on Hegel, Lacan, and Žižek.

    Chris Vanderwees is a psychoanalyst, registered psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor at St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Canada. He is a member of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis and an affiliate of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.

    Reza Naderi is a computer scientist and an author and researcher in the areas of logic, mathematical philosophy, and theories of the subject.

     “Philosophy After Lacan: Politics, Science and Art is a marvellous collection of essays testifying to the vitality and timeliness of Lacan's ideas.  Most extant examinations of Lacan's relations with philosophy tend to restrict themselves to situating Lacan historically vis-à-vis philosophers and philosophical orientations of the past.  By welcome contrast, Philosophy After Lacan focuses on how Lacanian thought enables today's philosophers and theorists to develop new and original approaches to a range of fields and topics across the theoretical humanities.  There is no more convincing demonstration that Lacanianism is a living and fruitful tradition than this superb volume of papers.” - Adrian Johnston. Distinguished Professor. Department of Philosophy, University of New Mexico

    “Antiphilosophy is an ambivalent term and Lacan caused much provocation, irritation, and misunderstanding, when he applied it to his own teaching. But rather than simply rejecting philosophy, Lacan's antiphilosophical position invites both philosophers and psychoanalysts not to forget to constantly challenge their practices from within, for this is what makes these practices, theoretical and clinical, alive. The contributions in this volume, meticulously edited, show how the practice of philosophy looks like, when Lacan’s challenge is taken seriously, that is, beyond provocation. They demonstrate that philosophy and psychoanalysis have always entertained a relation of seduction and entanglement. This relation, troubled and critical at times, is in truth a love relation.” - Samo Tomšič, Professor of Philosophy, University of Fine Arts Hamburg

    'Moving across fields as diverse as neuroscience, theology, mathematics, continental philosophy, linguistics and politics, this incredible collection - a veritable 'dream team' of Lacanian thinkers and scholars - demonstrates how the multiple trajectories of Lacanian 'anti-philosophy' have inflected contemporary thought today in a way which is both irreversible and profound. We have, in recent decades, heard of the linguistic and affective turns in social theory. This seminal volume tracks the impact of the Lacanian turn in cultural theory today.' – Derek Hook, Duquesne University, USA; editor, Lacan on Depression and Melancholia (with Stijn Vanheule)