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Surplus
Spinoza, Lacan
Surplus
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A. Kiarina Kordela - Author
SUNY series, Insinuations: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Literature
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Hardcover - 205 pages
Release Date: February 2007
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7019-0

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Release Date: January 2008
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Maintains that Lacanian psychoanalysis is the proper continuation of the line of thought from Spinoza to Marx.

Opposing both popular “neo-Spinozisms” (Deleuze, Negri, Hardt, Israel) and their Lacanian critiques (Zizek and Badiou), Surplus maintains that Lacanian psychoanalysis is the proper continuation of the Spinozian-Marxian line of thought. Author A. Kiarina Kordela argues that both sides ignore the inherent contradictions in Spinoza’s work, and that Lacan’s reading of Spinoza—as well as of Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Freud, and Wittgenstein—offers a much subtler balance of knowing when to take the philosopher at face value and when to read him against himself. Moving between abstract theory and tangible political, ethical, and literary examples, Kordela traces the emergence of “enjoyment” and “the gaze” out of Spinoza’s theories of God, truth, and causality, Kant’s critique of pure reason, and Marx’s pathbreaking application of set theory to economy. Kordela’s thought unfolds an epistemology and an ontology proper to secular capitalist modernity that call for a revision of the Spinoza-Marx-Lacan line as the sole alternative to the (anti-)Platonist tradition.

“Kordela masterfully shows how Spinoza’s thought jibes with the insights of psychoanalysis, especially concerning the original cause and the final cause. This book has actually forced me to reevaluate my own thinking about Spinoza and to realize that I have wrongly been associating Spinoza with the misguided neo-Spinozist reading of him.” — Todd McGowan, author of The Real Gaze: Film Theory after Lacan

“From the very beginning, this book is of such intellectual power that it is capable of severe criticism of some of the most potent thinkers in the field—Zizek and Badiou, for example—while at the same time showing what is productive in them. Kordela has learned from them; they too have much to learn from her.” — Thomas Pepper, author of Singularities: Extremes of Theory in the Twentieth Century

A. Kiarina Kordela is Associate Professor of German Studies at Macalester College.




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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Context

Postmodern "Neo-Spinozism"

Scientific "Neo-Spinozism" and Hegel

Consensual, Evolutionist "Modern Spinozism"

After the Contex

Part I. Secular Causality and Its Enjoyment

From the First Cause to Transference Causes or Reasons?

Science of Differential Substance

Secular Ontology: Differential (Non-)Substance and the End of (Anti-)Platonism

Wherein Consists the Break of Secular Modernity?

History of Differential (Non-)Substance

Ethics of Differential (Non-)Substance

From Libido to Enjoyment

A History of God in Secular Reason (From Philosophy to Non-Anti-Philosophy)

God in (or out of?) Cultural Studies

The Break of Extimacy

(Burning with) Enjoyment

God, Nobody, or Mr. Nobody?

Part II. Kant with Marx: Surplus, Or, Gaze

Commodity Fetishism: Toward an Epistemo-/Ontology of Surplus

The Rule of Representation and Sex (From Kant's Rule of Reason to Marx's Rule of Exchange-Value)

Set Theory and Being (Marx's Materialist Metaphysics)

From Absolute Knowledge to the Gaze

Is It Possible Not to Hate Representation? (Another Look at Empire)

In Lieu of an Epilogue

Another Look at Ethics, Or, Commodity and the Gaze

Notes
Cited Works
Index


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