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Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism
edited by Russell Sbriglia and Slavoj Žižek
contributions by Todd McGowan, Alenka Zupancic, Adrian Johnston, Kathryn Van Wert, Nathan Gorelick, Molly Anne Rothenberg, Mladen Dolar, Andrew Cole and Borna Radnik
Northwestern University Press, 2020
eISBN: 978-0-8101-4139-1 | Paper: 978-0-8101-4137-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-4138-4
Library of Congress Classification B825.S879 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 146.3

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Responding to the ongoing “objectal turn” in contemporary humanities and social sciences, the 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.

Approaching matters through the frame of Hegel and Lacan, the contributors to this volume, including the editors, as well as Andrew Cole, Mladen Dolar, Nathan Gorelick, Adrian Johnston, Todd McGowan, Borna Radnik, Molly Anne Rothenberg, Kathryn Van Wert, and Alenka Zupancic—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 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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