The Subject of Liberation

The Subject of Liberation

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The book shares A½iA¾ek's central problem of how to revitalize the radical political left through theory. It initially follows the argument developed in The Ticklish Subject that contemporary leftist thought is divided by antagonism between a Marxist revolutionary politics founded on Enlightenment philosophy and a politics of identity founded on post-modern post-structuralism. How A½iA¾ek used Lacan's theory of character structures is examined here to describe this theoretical deadlock and explain how the dominant contemporary ideologies of liberal tolerant multiculturalism and reactionary qpseudo-fundamentalismq compete to mobilize the individual subject's unconscious drive to enjoyment. The book thus emphasizes the moments in which A½iA¾ek hints that Lacanian theory may describe a practice that facilitates the resolution of antagonisms that placate radical leftist politics. It challenges prevalent interpretations of Lacanian ends of analysis, to ultimately connect the psychoanalytic cure to the leftist project of social and political liberation. The Subject of Liberation argues that if Lacan is to be useful to leftist politics, then the left has to develop its own definitions of the post-analytic subject, and proposes one such definition developed out of Lacanian and A½iA¾ekian theory.These are the kinds of questions that will be addressed at the end of this book, but for the moment, a formal definition of the ... By examining the role that act III, scene iv, has in Hamleta#39;s transformation, it may be possible to articulate the ... Assuming one is willing to entertain the suggestion that Hamlet is the subject of a successful Lacanian psychoanalysis, the key question to be answered here is the anbsp;...

Title:The Subject of Liberation
Author: Charles Wells
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2014-07-31

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