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Lacan and Deleuze

A Disjunctive Synthesis

Edited by Boštjan Nedoh, Andreja Zevnik

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A reconfiguration of the reception of Deleuze and Lacan in contemporary Continental philosophy

It is often said that Lacan is the most radical representative of structuralism, a thinker of negativity and alienation, whereas Deleuze is pictured as a great opponent of the structuralist project, a vitalist and a thinker of creative potentialities of desire. It seems the two cannot be further apart.

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Introduction: On a Disjunctive Synthesis Between Deleuze and Lacan
1. Peter Klepec, For an Another Deleuze-Lacan Encounter
2. Laurent de Sutter, Reciprocal Portrait of Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze
3. Boštjan Nedoh, Does the Body without Organs Have Any Sex At All? Lacan and Deleuze on Perversion and Sexual Difference
4. Scott Wilson, Gnomology: Deleuze’s Phobias and the Line of Flight between Speech and the Body
5. Andreja Zevnik, Lacan, Deleuze and the Politics of the Face
6. Tadej Troha, Denkwunderkeiten: On Deleuze, Schreber, and Freud
7. Guillaume Collett, Snark, Jabberwock, Poord’jeli: Deleuze and the Lacanian School on the Names-of-the-Father
8. Samo Tomšič, Baroque Structuralism: Deleuze, Lacan, and the Critique of Linguistics
9. Lorenzo Chiesa, Exalted Obscenity and the Lawyer of God: Lacan, Deleuze, and the Baroque
10. Alenka Zupančič, The Death Drive
11. Adrian Johnston, Repetition and Difference: Žižek, Deleuze, and Lacanian Drives
12. Paul M. Livingston, Lacan, Deleuze, and the Consequences of Formalism

About the Author

Boštjan Nedoh is Research Assistant at the Institute of Philosophy, Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana. He has published extensively on Lacanian psychoanalysis, Italian biopolitical theory and contemporary French philosophy.

Andreja Zevnik is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester. Her research interests include theories of subjectivity, political violence and resistance, aesthetic politics, law and psychoanalysis. She is a member of editorial board for the Journal of Narrative Politics. She recently published Lacan, Deleuze and World Politics: re-thinking the ontology of the political subject (Routledge, 2016) and Jacques Lacan Between Psychoanalysis and Politics (Ed. with Andreja Zevnik; Routledge 2015).


This book provides substantial, new and creative readings of one of the most significant debates of the 20th Century. The authors are to be commended for taking on the challenge to develop arguments that are of great interest for both theorists and historians of contemporary philosophy.

- Davide Tarizzo, University of Salerno

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