Jacques Lacan, Past and Present: A Dialogue

Paperback | May 6, 2014

byAlain Badiou, Elisabeth RoudinescoTranslated byJason E. Smith

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In this dialogue, Alain Badiou shares the clearest, most detailed account to date of his profound indebtedness to Lacanian psychoanalysis. He explains in depth the tools Lacan gave him to navigate the extremes of his other two philosophical "masters," Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser. Élisabeth Roudinesco supplements Badiou's experience with her own perspective on the troubled landscape of the French analytic world since Lacan's death-critiquing, for example, the link (or lack thereof) between politics and psychoanalysis in Lacan's work. Their exchange reinvigorates how the the work of a pivotal twentieth-century thinker is perceived.

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In this dialogue, Alain Badiou shares the clearest, most detailed account to date of his profound indebtedness to Lacanian psychoanalysis. He explains in depth the tools Lacan gave him to navigate the extremes of his other two philosophical "masters," Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser. Élisabeth Roudinesco supplements Badiou's expe...

Alain Badiou is a philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, and professor emeritus at the École normale supérieure in Paris. He has published many philosophical works, including Being and Event and Logics of Worlds, and the play Incident at Antioch: A Tragedy in Three Acts. Élisabeth Roudinesco is director of research at ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231165110

ISBN - 13:9780231165112

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Table of Contents

Foreword: "I am counting on the tourbillon": On the Late Lacan by Jason E. SmithPreface1. One Master, Two Encounters2. Thinking DisorderNotesIndex

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Badiou and Roudinesco agree on the essential: the value of Lacan's thought for facing the ills of our age, whether they be the different ways both science and obscurantism are instrumentalized, the irrational cult of quantitative assessment, or the temptation to flee headlong into psychologism. So many tendencies unveiled in this dialogue as so many sides of a single 'misery of the contemporary world.'