Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism (Diaeresis) (Paperback)

Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism (Diaeresis) By Russell Sbriglia (Editor), Slavoj Žižek (Editor), Adrian Johnston (Contributions by), Kathryn Van Wert (Contributions by), Nathan Gorelick (Contributions by), Prof. Molly Anne Rothenberg (Contributions by), Mladen Dolar (Contributions by), Andrew Cole (Contributions by), Borna Radnik (Contributions by), Todd McGowan (Contributions by), Alenka Zupancic (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Russell Sbriglia (Editor), Slavoj Žižek (Editor), Adrian Johnston (Contributions by), Kathryn Van Wert (Contributions by), Nathan Gorelick (Contributions by), Prof. Molly Anne Rothenberg (Contributions by), Mladen Dolar (Contributions by), Andrew Cole (Contributions by), Borna Radnik (Contributions by), Todd McGowan (Contributions by), Alenka Zupancic (Contributions by)
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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 Zupančič—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.

About the Author


RUSSELL SBRIGLIA is an assistant professor of English at Seton Hall University. He is the editor of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Zizek. 

SLAVOJ ZIZEK is Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University, Seoul; Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University; and the international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London. He is the author of more than fifty books, including The Sublime Object of Ideology, Less Than Nothing, Incontinence of the Void, and Sex and the Failed Absolute.

Praise For…


“Think of it as 'object ontology' meets 'objet a ontology.'  In this volume of superb essays, the 'new materialism' associated with figures like Harman, Meillassoux, Bennett, and Bryant finds a Lacanian rejoinder well spoken for by Hegel’s famous line: 'Not only as substance but also as subject!' An invaluable exchange between two major currents of contemporary theory.” —Richard Boothby, author of Freud as Philosopher: Metapsychology after Lacan
 

“A band of new materialists has come after the subject, knives drawn. In what ways do these thinkers differ from materialists past? From each other? What do they mean when they speak of materialism, of objects, or subjects? By confronting these basic questions directly, the essays in this collection cut through the babble of confused debate to offer clear accounts of the issues at stake.” —Joan Copjec, author of Imagine There’s No Woman

“The collection as a whole is a must read for anyone writing on consciousness, subjectivity, dualism/non-dualism, psychoanalysis, or phenomenology.” —Vanessa Loh, Studies in 20th 21st Century Literature


Product Details
ISBN: 9780810141377
ISBN-10: 081014137X
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication Date: February 15th, 2020
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Diaeresis