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The Evolution of Lacan’s the Name-of-the-Father
Freud / Hölderlin / Lacan / Laplanche / Schreber

The Evolution of Lacan’s the Name-of-the-Father

The Name of the Father is an incredibly vast and important concept in Lacan’s teaching. Due to the difficulty and the immensity of the concept, I have my work cut out for me, so I have decided to approach the concept from two angles: the way that the Name-of-the-Father intersects with the three-part Oedipal dialectic developed in Seminar V, and how the transition from the Name to the Names applies to clinical settings. Continue reading

Some Brief Reflections on Badiou and Emancipatory Politics
Badiou / Occupy Wall Street / Politics

Some Brief Reflections on Badiou and Emancipatory Politics

I recently wrote an essay that seeks to convey some of the key ideas of Badiou as it pertains to the recent insurrections across the world. You can read the piece, “Badiou’s Affirmation: Emancipatory Politics Today” which was written for the magazine Brev Spread. My focus is on how Badiou reformulates negation and its relation … Continue reading

Enjoying What We Don’t Have: Interview with Philosopher Todd McGowan
Lacan / Politics / Psychoanalysis

Enjoying What We Don’t Have: Interview with Philosopher Todd McGowan

Film theorist and philosopher Todd McGowan recently spoke with me about his new book, Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis. For however much we throw the word “accessible” around in academic discussions as the strength of a philosophy book, McGowan’s accessibility really is quite stunning. In one chapter he compared the … Continue reading

Millennial Narcissism as a Problem of Social Recognition
Kristeva / Millennials / Psychoanalysis / Uncategorized

Millennial Narcissism as a Problem of Social Recognition

The Other, for Whitman was a wholly (holy) Other to oneself. To embrace this wholly Other other was the highest ethical act of self-love. While the faint torch of Whitman’s gestalt love for the All is carried forward by obscurantist New Age spiritualists, millennials are certainly faced with the challenge of narcissism – but not as a choice they take onto themselves. Rather, millennial narcissism shows signs of revolt against a mode of subjectivity that is imposed upon them. Continue reading