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NSSR Philosophy Workshop Series: Samo Tomsic

Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

6 E 16th St., D1103 6 East 16th St.

Samo Tomsic (Humboldt University of Berlin) will deliver a lecture entitled "The Capitalist Unconscious: Lacan's Return to Marx."

Marx was undoubtedly an unexpected reference in Lacan's teaching. It is certainly not a mere consequence of May 1968, nor can it be reduced to yet another attempt to intertwine psychoanalysis with Marxism in a Freudo-Marxist fashion. Lacan's focus on the logical, and even the homological aspect of Marx's deduction of surplus-value and Freud's analysis of the unconscious satisfaction indicates that there is a more fundamental relation between psychoanalysis and critique of political economy than the mainstream applications of one field to another managed to account for. In my presentation I will return to the theoretical fundaments of Lacan's "second return to Freud", in which Marx replaces the "classical" Lacanian reference to Saussurean structuralism. The main aim will be to re-affirm the ongoing philosophical and political relevance of the Freudian and the Marxian critique, notably of their theories of production, and their radical attempts to think social change in the background of a radical absence of an underlying social relation.
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Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served.

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