Lacan Deleuze Badiou

Lacan Deleuze Badiou

A. J. Bartlett
Justin Clemens
Jon Roffe
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 256
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    Lacan Deleuze Badiou
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    The writings of Lacan, Deleuze and Badiou stand at the heart of contemporary thought. While the collective corpus of these three figures contains a significant number of references to each other's work, these are often simply critical, obscure, or both.Lacan Deleuze Badiouguides academics working philosophy, psychoanalysis and critical theory through the sensitive moments in their respective work and identifies the passages, connections and disjunctions that underlie the often superficial statements of critique, indifference or accord.

    eISBN: 978-0-7486-8206-5
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-v)
  3. Acknowledgements
    (pp. vi-vi)
  4. CHAPTER ONE Introduction: Us Them
    (pp. 1-8)

    We have written this book for four groups of people. The first are those new to the work of Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Lacan. These readers will find abstracts of selected concepts, directed exposition, and putatively helpful comparative discussion of these concepts as they range across the three authors. The second group includes specialised scholars of one or more of these figures. These will find ammunition here for their own preferences. For this book is not simply exegesis, but traces an ongoing philosophical war that the authors, attempting to follow the models of their masters, are continuing to...

  5. CHAPTER TWO Contemporary
    (pp. 9-47)

    This chapter locates our three thinkers at the heart of contemporary thought. More substantially though, it argues that it is the fact that the figure of the contemporary is also at once the milieu and a focus of their work that at least partially gives them their import. In a nutshell: for all three thinkers, to be contemporary is an injunction for contemporary thought.

    Lacan, Deleuze and Badiou take very different routes to this ‘end’. For Lacan, in order to be contemporary, it is necessary to return to the origin. This ‘return to’ is different from the ‘return of’, and...

    (pp. 48-116)

    The contemporary problem regarding the problem of time has a post-Kantian (or pre-Aristotelian) character. In the previous chapter, we showed how Lacan, Deleuze and Badiou all attempt to reconstruct a praxis of the contemporary as the gateway to a thought of time – and not the other way around. As such, time can no longer be thought of in a still-Kantian frame, and therefore the temporal syntheses of past, present and future must be complicated and revised, while the subject itself can no longer be considered a constitutive, ideological or active agency. This will lead us in coming chapters to a...

    (pp. 117-163)

    This chapter explores the thought of the event in our three thinkers. Notably, there is no question of the event’s centrality to the work of both Deleuze and Badiou; whether Lacan has any comparable interest in the event has to date been under-considered. What this chapter therefore does first is examine Lacan’s situation, and the places in which his thought touches on something that could be considered under this heading. On the basis of what we might call his fundamental pessimism regarding the chance of an event – which doesn’t mean that there is no such thing for him – we then...

    (pp. 164-220)

    If Alain Badiou is well-known for insisting on the integral role of the category of truth in philosophy, this is also the case for Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Lacan – a point often underestimated or overlooked. This chapter will establish the divergences, consequences, and, we will show, surprising convergences between Badiou’s generic formalisation, Deleuze’s problematic conception of truth, and the Lacanian insistence on the centrality of truth in analysis, its relationship with the unconscious, and its disjunction from knowledge (a theme decisive for Badiou’s own later formalisations). Of course, truth is in none of these cases considered to be adequation, coherence...

  9. CHAPTER SIX Polemos
    (pp. 221-233)

    This book has been neither a variant of liturgy, nor a paean to polyamory, nor a fake geopolitical imbroglio, nor even a contribution to gymnastic or economic improvement. Or, at least, it has attempted not to be. To that end, we have structured it as a regulated sequence of essays upon crucial conceptual problematics: the contemporary; time; the event; and truth. In doing so, we have not only exposed hitherto-disavowed complicities between our thinkers – such that even the avowed lineages of influence don’t quite capture these intricacies – but have further suggested even more vicious and incommensurable differences than are usually...

  10. Bibliography
    (pp. 234-239)
  11. Index
    (pp. 240-250)