Signifiers and Acts: Freedom in Lacan's Theory of the Subject (Hardback)

Author(s) : Ed Pluth

Signifiers and Acts: Freedom in Lacan's Theory of the Subject (Hardback)

Book Details

  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Published : January 2007
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 26858
  • ISBN 13 : 9780791472439
  • ISBN 10 : 0791472434
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See catalogue number 28060 for the paperback edition. Situates Lacan's theory of the subject within contemporary philosophical debates over freedom and agency. In "Signifiers and Acts" Ed Pluth examines Lacan's views on language and sexuality to argue that Lacan's theory of the subject is best read as a theory of freedom and agencya theory that is especially compelling precisely because of its structuralist and seemingly antihumanist framework. Presenting new aspects of Lacan's work and commenting extensively on the important yet unpublished seminars that still make up the majority of his contribution to contemporary thought, the book aims to make a Lacanian intervention into contemporary theory. In addition to Saussure, Sartre, Derrida, Lacoue-Labarthe, and Nancy, Pluth discusses works in political theory and identity theory by Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, and Slavoj Zizek.

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This highly original volume will leave an indelible mark on the rapidly developing field of Lacanian studies. Pluth has an excellent knowledge of both published and unpublished Lacanian sources, and he manages to integrate Lacanian theory and current philosophical thinking without sacrificing discursive clarity and scholarly rigor. Apart from demonstrating the ongoing relevance of Lacan's work for a wide variety of topical debates, Pluth also succeeds in showing how influential philosophical paradigms such as those formulated by Deleuze, Badiou, Nancy, and Zizek cannot be understood without reference to Lacan. - Dany Nobus, author of "Jacques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis"

Author Biography
Ed Pluth is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University at Chico.

About the Author(s)

Ed Pluth is professor and chair of the philosophy department at California State University, Chico, USA. He works on issues and figures in contemporary continental philosophy, with special attention to how language and the extra-linguistic are put into relation to each other, and what this relation implies generally about the status of thinking and conscious life.

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