Pseudo aggression, Contradiction, Ideology

This is a fairly ambitious post. Here I attempt to show how the theory of neurosis developed by the early psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler, particularly his theory of pseudo aggression or aggression that is fundamentally fictional and a defense of a deeper source of antagonism can provide an excellent addition to the standard theory of ideology … Continue reading Pseudo aggression, Contradiction, Ideology

Notes on Goldmann and the faith of Marxism

The Hidden God by Lucien Goldmann is what Marxist genealogy ought to be. If you want to track ur-concepts such as the "authentic," "the good," "community" and so on, well where do you start? How do you situate the worldview of the ruling class of our own time in a historical trajectory? In what exemplary … Continue reading Notes on Goldmann and the faith of Marxism

Seminar on Paranoia in Hegel and Lacan

Hegel and Lacan on Paranoia: The Romantic Idealist Reformer Becomes an Aggressive Paranoid Study Groups in Psychoanalysis and Politics Presents: Wilfried Ver Eecke on "Hegel and Lacan on Paranoia" Dr. Ver Eecke is a Lacanian Psychoanalyst and Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University In this seminar, Dr. Wilfried Ver Eecke will discuss Hegel’s idea of the … Continue reading Seminar on Paranoia in Hegel and Lacan

Seminar with Bracha Ettinger

Our Study Groups in Psychoanalysis and Politics is pleased to invite you to join our next seminar series with the psychoanalyst and artist Bracha Ettinger. We’re very grateful that Bracha has agreed to present to our group and following her lecture on Sunday March 14th, we will host a forum on Ettinger’s talk and her … Continue reading Seminar with Bracha Ettinger

Study Group on the Lumpenproletariat Today

Our study groups will continue with a timely public seminar with scholar and author Clyde Barrow on the class composition of Trumpism and understanding Marx’s concept of the lumpenproletariat. Barrow’s latest book, The Dangerous Class: The Concept of the Lumpenproletariat brings analytical coherence to the concept of the lumpenproletariat, revealing it to be an inherent … Continue reading Study Group on the Lumpenproletariat Today

Lacan and the Logic of Structure with Ellie Ragland

I'm pleased to offer a new seminar with Lacanian analyst and literary theorist Ellie Ragland starting in early 2021. You can sign up to join us here. Lacan and the Logic of Structure Two Seminars with Ellie Ragland January 7th 7:00 pm EST – "Topology, Lacan and the Borromean Clinic" January 14th 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm … Continue reading Lacan and the Logic of Structure with Ellie Ragland

The Politics of Resentment with Samo Tomsic

I'm happy to announce that we have an upcoming keynote lecture by Samo Tomsic on "The Politics of Resentment" on December 3rd at 7 pm. You can register for this talk here and check out our prior two sessions here (on ressentiment, sublimation and neoliberalism) and here (on Lacan, affects, and the four five discourses). … Continue reading The Politics of Resentment with Samo Tomsic

Announcing New Beyond the Pleasure Principle – Reading Series

This coming Thursday I will be starting a reading series on Freud's Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920). I will host this series via Zoom on Thursday nights starting September 24th. We will read the text closely and reference Lacan's work throughout the series. On our first night, we will consider the famous "fort-da" game that … Continue reading Announcing New Beyond the Pleasure Principle – Reading Series

The Materialism of Warm-Stream Marxism: Ernst Bloch on Ibn Sina

Here's a new review essay on German Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch and his intriguing book Avicenna and the Aristotelian Left. It's long been an interest of mine to put the Marxist tradition into dialogue with Islamic thought so naturally such a text is of profound interest to me. Give the piece a read here and … Continue reading The Materialism of Warm-Stream Marxism: Ernst Bloch on Ibn Sina

Reading Kojin Karatani’s The Structure of World History

Readers of this blog are invited to join me and my good friend Gabriel Tupinambá for a facilitated reading group on one of the most important Marxist philosophers of our time, Kojin Karatani and his work The Structure of World History: From Modes of Production to Modes of Exchange. This reading group will include six … Continue reading Reading Kojin Karatani’s The Structure of World History

Political emancipation and representation – Interview with Alain Badiou

In light of the 2020 uprisings sparked by the murder of George Floyd taking place across America, I want to share an excerpt of a longer interview on riots and protests I conducted with the philosopher Alain Badiou in 2013. This excerpt concerns Badiou's definition of what a militant subject is today, that is, how … Continue reading Political emancipation and representation – Interview with Alain Badiou

Socialists Think: Study Group on the Thought of Sylvain Lazarus

Readers may remember my references to the thought of Sylvain Lazarus over the years, including my piece on his Anthropology of the Name. I'm pleased to invite you to join me for a reading circle on Lazarus's thought starting on May 9th and concluding with a plenary event on May 30th featuring different papers on … Continue reading Socialists Think: Study Group on the Thought of Sylvain Lazarus

The Red-Green Conspiracy: On Messiah

A scholar of Rumi once told me that if Rumi had never met Shams he would have never found the pearl of deep spiritual insight. The function of Shams was that he possessed a certain knowledge, but Shams lacked the means to retrieve this knowledge and bring it up from the deep to allow it … Continue reading The Red-Green Conspiracy: On Messiah

Upcoming Talk: On the Virtue of Modesty in Lacan

Lacan has remarked that modesty is the most important virtue. Lacan thinks modesty as an affect that keeps one’s desire or symptom protected behind a veil. Yet when the veil is lifted through the gaze of the other, the subject undergoes shame. Where there is shame, the extimate part of one’s being, precisely their desire is exposed to the other. Shame thus awakens the subject to being riveted to oneself, to a foreign self inside oneself.