In the first part of Lacan and the Political, the author highlights the innovative understanding of the socio-political field offered by Lacanian theory and articulates a straightforward and systematic assessment of the importance of Lacan's categories and theoretical constructions for concrete political analysis. The second half of the book applies Lacanian theory to specific examples of widely discussed political issues, such as utopian discourse and the question of democracy.
Lacan and the Political demonstrates the immense potential of Lacanian thought to invigorate our consideration of the political and will be of interest to all who seek to further their understanding of modern politics and democracy.
Table of Contents
|1||The Lacanian subject: the impossibility of identity and the centrality of identification||13|
|2||The Lacanian object: dialectics of social impossibility||40|
|3||Encircling the political: towards a Lacanian political theory||71|
|4||Beyond the fantasy of utopia: the aporia of politics and the challenge of democracy||99|
|5||Ambiguous democracy and the ethics of psychoanalysis||122|