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The Epistemontology in Spinoza-Marx-Freud-Lacan


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1. Words and Things in the Era of Value, Power, and Biopower

2. Materialist Epistemontology: Marx and Sohn-Rethel with Spinoza and Psychoanalysis

3. Psychoanalysis and Structuralism

4. Dialectics, or Valences of Structuralism

5. Value: The Aesthetic Itinerary from Content to Structure

6. Marx and Psychoanalysis

7. The Other Side of Value: Substance, Labor & Enjoyment, or, Biopolitics According to Spinoza, Marx & Lacan

About the Author

A. Kiarina Kordela is Professor of German and Director of the Critical Theory Program at Macalester College and Honorary Adjunct Professor at the Writing and Society Research Center, University of Western Sydney, Australia. She publishes on topics such as literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, critical, political, and film theory, intellectual history, and biopolitics. Kordela is the author of $urplus: Spinoza, Lacan (2007), Being, Time, Bios: Capitalism and Ontology (2013), coeditor with Dimitris Vardoulakis, of Freedom and Confinement in Modernity: Kafka's Cages (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011), and of Spinoza's Authority: Resistance and Power, 2 Volumes (2017). Her articles have been published in several anthologies and journals such as Angelaki, Cultural Critique, Differences, History of Human Sciences, Modern Language Studies, Monokl, Parallax, Political Theory, Philosophy Today, Radical Musicology, Rethinking Marxism, Terroirs, The Lacanian Review Online, theory@buffalo, Umbr(a), and World Picture.


'In Epistemology in Spinoza, Marx-Freud-Lacan, A. Kiarina Kordela gives us what has been sorely lacking in recent work on biopower: a reflection on how the commodification of self-actualization anchors the current moment of late capitalism. Through a series of joyful readings of Spinoza, Marx, Freud, and Lacan, Kordela opens a perspective not just on biopower, but on our own singular essence irreducible to capitalism's incessant repetition of the same old same old. This is a work to be reckoned with, to be thought about, and above all to be enjoyed.' - Timothy Campbell, Professor of Italian, Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University

'At a moment when philosophy appears blocked in pointless antinomies, between either constructivism, or new materialism and speculative realism, A. Kiarina Kordela breaks with these antinomies and reveals those seemingly radical opponents as tacit accomplices - or "couples" in Bachelardian sense. Kordela's courageous advance aims for what philosophy can do best: it takes a position, it draws clear lines of demarcation, and it gives a superb overview of the current situation on philosophy's battleground. ' - Robert Pfaller, University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz

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