New Books Network

Dominik Finkelde, “Excessive Subjectivity: Kant, Hegel, Lacan and the Foundations of Ethics” (Columbia UP, 2017)
How are we to conceive of acts that suddenly expose the injustice of the current order? This is a question that has puzzled philosophers for centuries, and it’s the question that animates Dominik Finkelde’s book ​Excessive Subjectivity: Kant, Hegel, Lacan, and the Foundation of Ethics (Columbia University Press, 2017). The... Read More
Lisa Baraitser, “Enduring Time” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)
In Enduring Time (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), practicing psychoanalyst and Professor of Psychosocial Theory Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck, University of London) explores what it means to ‘take care’ of time in our current temporal predicament, where time appears radically suspended — without the hope of a progressive future — yet intensely felt.... Read More
Bruce E. Reis, “Creative Repetition and Intersubjectivity” (Routledge, 2019)
In his new book Creative Repetition and Intersubjectivity: Contemporary Freudian Explorations of Trauma, Memory, and Clinical Process (Routledge, 2019), Bruce E. Reis writes intimacy is “transformative prior to the delivery of observation or interpretation” and while this book explores “the monsters, dreams and madness which emerge in the consulting room”... Read More
Todd McGowan, “Emancipation After Hegel: Achieving a Contradictory Revolution” (Columbia UP, 2019)
An Interview with Todd McGowan about his recent Emancipation After Hegel: Achieving a Contradictory Revolution (Columbia University Press, 2019). The book advocates for the relevance of Hegel’s dialectical method to questions of contemporary theory and politics. It seeks to disabuse readers of common misapprehensions concerning Hegel’s philosophy, such as the... Read More
Zahi Zalloua, “​Žižek on Race: Towards an Anti-Racist Future​” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
The Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek’s prolific quips on various cultural and political issues around race and related issues, found either in short YouTube clips or lengthy books have gained a lot of attention, much of it admittedly confused and occasionally offended and frustrated. Part of this is... Read More
Sukey Fontelieu, “The Archetypal Pan in America: Hypermasculinity and Terror” (Routledge, 2018)
Relying on Carl Jung’s theory of the complex, as well as the archetypal narratives of the Greek character Pan, Sukey Fontelieu’s  The Archetypal Pan in America: Hypermasculinity and Terror (Routledge, 2018) seeks to examine a collection of social and political traumas, both personal and collective. The book examines the development... Read More
Great Books: Peter Brooks on Freud’s “Civilization and its Discontents”
We want to be happy, we want to get what we want, we want to love and be loved. But life, even when our basic needs are met, often makes us unhappy. You can’t always get what you want, Freud noted in his 1930 short book, Civilization and its Discontents. Our... Read More
D. Gilhooley and F. Toich, “Psychoanalysis, Intersubjective Writing, and a Postmaterialist Model of Mind” (Routledge, 2019)
More than anything else, Psychoanalysis, Intersubjective Writing, and a Postmaterialist Model of Mind: I Woke Up Dead (Routledge, 2020) bears witness to what’s possible when the raw pain and heartbreak of life and death are worked with in Psychoanalysis. It tells the moving story of an analyst and his patient’s... Read More
Chenyang Wang, “Subjectivity In-Between Times: Exploring the Notion of Time in Lacan’s Work” (Palgrave, 2019)
If you thought Jacques Lacan’s essay on “Logical Time” was the psychoanalyst’s final word on the subject, then this interview has a lot to teach you! In his new book Subjectivity In-Between Times: Exploring the Notion of Time in Lacan’s Work (Palgrave, 2019), emerging scholar of psychoanalytic theory and continental... Read More
Adrian Johnston, “A New German Idealism: Hegel, Žižek and Dialectical Materialism” (Columbia UP, 2018)
In 2012, the world-renowned philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek released his 1000-page tome ​Less Than Nothing​, following it up afterwards with its shorter reformulation ​Absolute Recoil​ in 2014. The works contained his usual use of movie-references, historical and political events and jokes to engage in some substantial philosophical... Read More