Lacan and Capitalist Discourse: Neoliberalism and Ideology

Author(s) : Jorge Alemán

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Lacan and Capitalist Discourse: Neoliberalism and Ideology

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : August 2023
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 128
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 97257
  • ISBN 13 : 9781032529585
  • ISBN 10 : 103252958X
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Lacan and Capitalist Discourse explores the political and theoretical connections between the Covid-19 Pandemic and Capitalism, unravelling the direct consequences of Lacan's thesis of so-called "Capitalist Discourse”.

Jorge Alemán provides an account of neoliberalism, its mechanisms to produce subjectivities and the new modes of the political far Right. The book begins with the problem of a possible exit from capitalism, continuing to consider the possibilities of mourning and the active production of a new Left. Alemán engages deeply with a range of thinkers: primarily Lacan, but also Heidegger, Marx, Laclau, Foucault, Butler, Badiou, Althusser, and others, in making his case.

Lacan and Capitalist Discourse will be of great interest to psychoanalysts and to academics of psychoanalytic and Lacanian studies, cultural theory, philosophy and political thought.

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Jorge Aleman brings together the best of psychoanalytic theory and the best of socio-economic analysis, and the mixture is explosive. He makes it clear that, in today’s capitalism, ideology is not a “superstructure” elevated above economy but an integral part of economic reproduction itself. His clearly written book should be an obligatory reading for all of us who want to orient ourselves in the mess we are in today. It’s as simple as that.
Slavoj Zizek, Professor, European Graduate School; International Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London; senior researcher, Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jorge Alemán is the most original proponent of what in Argentina today we might call the school of Lacano-Althusserianism to supplement and bring up to date the older paradigm of Freudo-Marxism. In this eminently readable book, he puts notions of fantasy, ideology, and subjectivity to the test of our time to locate the prospects for a renewal of the emancipatory Left.
Bruno Bosteels, Professor and Chair, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Professor, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University

In Santiago de Chile, during Sebastián Piñera’s presidency, a taxi driver of Mapuche descent pointed to La Moneda and pridefully affirmed to me: “I’m an entrepreneur just like him!” In this book, Alemán, the most brilliant and influential Spanish-speaking Lacanian Left thinker, convincingly analyzes such a world-encompassing neoliberal production of “subjectivity” in the light of Lacan’s concept of “capitalist discourse” and intensely invites us to invent new emancipatory projects by thinking from the psychoanalytic ontology of the absolute difference structurally constitutive to any “subject,” that is, to each and every one of the speaking, sexuated and mortal beings.
Jun Fujita Hirose, author, ¿Cómo imponer un límite absoluto al capitalismo? Filosofía política de Deleuze y Guattari (How to Put an Absolute Limit to Capitalism? The Political Philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari)

Table of Contents

Series Preface by Ian Parker

Chapter 1
Pandemic and Capitalism

Chapter 2

Chapter 3
The Uncanny

Chapter 4

Chapter 5
Fantasy: Ideology

Chapter 6
Exploitation: Oppression

Chapter 7
Antagonism: Conflict

Chapter 8
Promoting Hate

Chapter 9
Popular Responsibility

Chapter 10
Blueprints of the Inappropriable

Chapter 11
Community, Society, State

Chapter 12
Retroactivity: Continuity and Discontinuity

Chapter 13
New Challenges

Chapter 14

About the Author(s)

Jorge Alemán is Doctor Honoris Causa of the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Honorary Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, and the Universidad Nacional de Villa María Córdoba. He has published numerous essays on psychoanalysis, philosophy, and political thought.

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