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Politics of the Gift

Exchanges in Poststructuralism

Gerald Moore

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Marcel Mauss's Essai sur le don (1923-4) has become one of the central non-philosophical references of contemporary French philosophy. Lacan, Deleuze and Derrida, to name only a few, return to the concept of the gift explicitly and repeatedly.

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Introduction: Spectres of Mauss
1. Speech, Sacrifice and Shit: Three Orders of Giving in the Thought of Jacques Lacan
2. The Eternal Return of the Gift: Deleuze (and Derrida) contra Lacan
3. Repeating the Political: Heidegger and Nancy on Technics and the Event
4. 'Pour en finir avec…': Democracy AND Sacrifice
5. Conclusion: Variations on a Theme from Nietzsche

About the Author

Gerald Moore is Lecturer in French in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University. He is the author of Politics of the Gift: Exchanges in Poststructuralism (Edinburgh, 2011), as well as articles on recent French thought (Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy, Bernard Stiegler), psychoanalysis and literature (Michel Houellebecq). He is currently preparing a monograph, Bernard Stiegler: Philosophy in the Age of Technology, for Polity.


The work of Gerald Moore offers a cutting-edge perspective on French thought of the second half of the 20th century and the so-called 'philosophers of difference', especially pertinent in light of the devastating crisis of consumer capitalism revealed since 2008.

- Bernard Stiegler, author of Technics and Time and co-founder of Ars Industrialis

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