Enjoying What We Don't Have The Political Project of Psychoanalysis

ISBN-10: 0803245114

ISBN-13: 9780803245112

Edition: 2013

Authors: Todd McGowan
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Description: Although there have been many attempts to apply the ideas of psychoanalysis to political thought, this book is the first to identify the political project inherent in the fundamental tenets of psychoanalysis. And this political project, Todd McGowan contends, provides an avenue for emancipatory politics after the failure of Marxism in the twentieth century.Where others seeking the political import of psychoanalysis have looked to Freud’s early work on sexuality, McGowan focuses on Freud’s discovery of the death drive and Jacques Lacan’s elaboration of this concept. He argues that the self-destruction occurring as a result of the death drive is the foundational act of emancipation around which we should construct our political philosophy. Psychoanalysis offers the possibility for thinking about emancipation not as an act of overcoming loss but as the embrace of loss. It is only through the embrace of loss, McGowan suggests, that we find the path to enjoyment, and enjoyment is the determinative factor in all political struggles—and only in a political project that embraces the centrality of loss will we find a viable alternative to global capitalism.

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Book details

List price: $67.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 7/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 6.01" wide x 9.00" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Todd McGowan is associate professor of English at the University of Vermont.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Psychoanalytic Hostility to Politics
Subjectivity
The Formation of Subjectivity
The Economics of the Drive
lass Status and Enjoyment
Sustaining Anxiety
Changing the World
Society
The Appeal of Sacrifice
Against Knowledge
The Politics of Fantasy
Beyond Bare Life
The Necessity of Belief
The Case of the Missing Signifier
Conclusion: A Society of the Death Drive
Notes
Index
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