Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy

Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy

by Katerina Kolozova, François Laruelle

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Following François Laruelle's nonstandard philosophy and the work of Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell, Luce Irigaray, and Rosi Braidotti, Katerina Kolozova reclaims the relevance of categories traditionally rendered "unthinkable" by postmodern feminist philosophies, such as "the real," "the one," "the limit," and "finality," thus critically repositioning poststructuralist feminist philosophy and gender/queer studies.

Poststructuralist (feminist) theory sees the subject as a purely linguistic category, as always already multiple, as always already nonfixed and fluctuating, as limitless discursivity, and as constitutively detached from the instance of the real. This reconceptualization is based on the exclusion of and dichotomous opposition to notions of the real, the one (unity and continuity), and the stable. The non-philosophical reading of postructuralist philosophy engenders new forms of universalisms for global debate and action, expressed in a language the world can understand. It also liberates theory from ideological paralysis, recasting the real as an immediately experienced human condition determined by gender, race, and social and economic circumstance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231536431
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Katerina Kolozova is professor of philosophy and gender studies at the University American College Skopje and has been a member of the International Organization of Non-Philosophy in Paris since its founding. She is the author of The Lived Revolution: Solidarity with the Body in Pain as the New Political Universal, coeditor of Gender and Identity: Theories from and/or on Southeastern Europe, and editor of Conversations with Judith Butler: Crisis of the Subject.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Gender Fiction, by François Laruelle
1. On the One and on the Multiple
2. On the Real and the Imagined
3. On the Limit and the Limitless
4. The Real Transcending Itself (Through Love)
5. The Real in the Identity

What People are Saying About This

Levi R. Bryant

Cut of the Real is destined to be an important contribution to ongoing debates in feminist theory, queer theory, gender theory, and race theory, as well as the newly emerging philosophical trend of speculative realism. It is my belief that Kolozova's book is the best introduction to Laruelle's thought to date and that it does an exceptional job discussing why it is valuable and what it can do.

Michael O'Rourke

Given the brilliance of this book, I think it would be no exaggeration to say that Kolozova is the 'Eastern European Judith Butler.' Which is to say that she is uncompromisingly difficult, innovative, and challenging as a thinker, yet develops a voice that is radically distinct from American-dominated gender theory.

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