Antiphilosophy and the Knot of Transference

In philosophy, we wind up in a camp of thinkers whom we share some affinity with. When you're in your twenties you have the freedom to decide where to start. Then you reach your thirties and all those long hours in the library reading only what moves you are a thing of the past. At …

Radical Love and Žižek’s Ethics of Singularity

Last April, I presented a paper at the first ever Žižek Studies conference hosted by Verso Books, the International Journal of Žižek Studies, and SUNY Brockport in New York. I presented this paper with my colleagues at the European Graduate School in a panel on Žižek's ethics and theory of subjectivity. By the grace of …

On Žižek’s “Less Than Nothing” and Determinate Negation in Google Ideas

Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism is Žižek's most serious, all encompassing, and might I add, most well-structured work to date. While it does not announce a methodology for ideology critique as The Submie Object of Ideology, it consists of a series of problematization's of every prior and current reader/reading of …

Panel at 2012 Žižek Studies Conference: “The Perverted Subject Does (not) Exist: Subjectivity and Žižek’s Ethics”

I'm very happy to announce a panel I'm putting together at the 2012 Žižek Studies Conference, "Neo-liberal Perversions: Fantasy and Gaze in Contemporary Culture" at the College at Brockport (SUNY) April 28-29, 2012. At the recommendation of the conference director, Antonio Garcia (a great guy), I invited a few friends from the European Graduate School …

Are Catastrophes Virtual? – Žižek Up Close

Last night I went up to the University of Pennsylvania to listen to Žižek lecture on the virtuality of catastrophes. I kept my fingers crossed that the talk would present some new material, for which it did. I got the impression that his next big work (aside from the Hegel tome) will be at the …

The Subject Rendered Bare: Biogenetics and the Ontological Impact on Psychic Subjectivity

Download into pdf, "The Subject Rendered Bare" w/ full citations Scientific advances in biotechnology from the psychoanalytic tradition pose epistemological and ontological problems impacting the way that subjectivity itself is constituted. The point of interference into the subject of genetic enhancements, or the subject made “self objectified” by the rendering transparent of their genetic code, …

The Abyss of Freedom: Schelling and Lacan

Before philosophers have even spoke about the idea of freedom and autonomy for the subject, they have relied on a certain view of human nature. This view argues that the subject is at harmony with some sort of organic, balanced state of nature. That the subject is dependent on an integrated organic foundation of subjectivity. …