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Signifiers and Acts
Freedom in Lacan's Theory of the Subject
Signifiers and Acts
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Ed Pluth - Author
SUNY series, Insinuations: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Literature
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Hardcover - 206 pages
Release Date: October 2007
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ISBN13: 978-0-7914-7243-9

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Release Date: June 2008
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Situates Lacan’s theory of the subject within contemporary philosophical debates over freedom and agency.

In Signifiers and Acts, Ed Pluth examines Lacan’s views on language and sexuality to argue that Lacan’s theory of the subject is best read as a theory of freedom and agency—a theory that is especially compelling precisely because of its structuralist and seemingly antihumanist framework. Presenting new aspects of Lacan’s work and commenting extensively on the important yet unpublished seminars that still make up the majority of his contribution to contemporary thought, the book aims to make a Lacanian intervention into contemporary theory. In addition to Saussure, Sartre, Derrida, Lacoue-Labarthe, and Nancy, Pluth discusses works in political theory and identity theory by Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, and Slavoj Zizek.

“Pluth reviews Lacan’s definitions of the trace, the sign, and the signifier, and provides formulations of metaphor and metonymy that nicely underscore the gap between signifier and signified.” — Philosophy in Review

“This highly original volume will leave an indelible mark on the rapidly developing field of Lacanian studies. Pluth has an excellent knowledge of both published and unpublished Lacanian sources, and he manages to integrate Lacanian theory and current philosophical thinking without sacrificing discursive clarity and scholarly rigor. Apart from demonstrating the ongoing relevance of Lacan’s work for a wide variety of topical debates, Pluth also succeeds in showing how influential philosophical paradigms such as those formulated by Deleuze, Badiou, Nancy, and Zizek cannot be understood without reference to Lacan.” — Dany Nobus, author of Jacques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis

Ed Pluth is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University at Chico.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Lacan’s Subversion of the Subject

2. The First Thesis

3. Identity, or the Subject-as-Meaning

4. The Second Thesis

5. The Fundamental Fantasy

6. How Acts Use Signifiers

7. Badiou and Zizek on Acts and Subjects

8. An Act beyond Recognition

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index



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