Theology After Lacan: The Passion for the Real

By Creston Davis, Marcus Pound and Clayton Crockett (editors)

Diverse and groundbreaking essays exploring the influence of the 20th century French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan on theology and the study of religion.

ISBN: 9780227174708


Theology After Lacan highlights the continuing relevance of Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst whose linguistic reworking of Freudian analysis radicalised both psychoanalysis and its approach to theology. The book’s first section, Part I: Lacan, Religion, and Others, explores the application of Lacan’s thought to the development and phenomena of religion. Part II: Theology and the Other Lacan moves through the physical world and into the metaphysical, probing theological issues and ideas of today’s world with curiosity and in the light of Lacan. In both parts I and II, a central place is given to Lacan’s exposition of the real, thereby reflecting the impact of his later work. Topics traverse culture, art, philosophy and politics, as well as providing critical exegesis of Lacan’s most gnomic utterances on theology, including The Triumph of Religion.

Contributors include some of the most renowned readers and influential academics in their respective fields: Tina Beattie, Lorenzo Chiesa, Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, Adrian Johnston, Katerina Kolozova, Thomas Lynch, Marcus Pound, Carl Raschke, Kenneth Reinhard, Mario D’Amato, Noëlle Vahanian and Slavoj Žižek.

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Dimensions 229 × 153 mm
Pages 294

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About the Author

Creston Davis is one of the founders of the Global Center for Advanced Studies, where he is a Co-Director and Professor of Philosophy. He is Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School and at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is also co-author of Paul’s New Moment (with Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank) and The Contradictions of America (with Alain Badiou).

Marcus Pound is Assistant Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University, where he is Lecturer in Catholic Theology. His is the author of Theology, Psychoanalysis, and Trauma, and Slavoj Žižek: A (Very) Critical Introduction.

Clayton Crockett is Associate Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. His most recent book is Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity and Event.



Introduction – Traversing the Theological Fantasy
     Creston Davis, Marcus Pound, and Clayton Crockett

Part One: Lacan, Religion, and Others
1. Cogito, Madness, and Religion: Derrida, Foucault, and Then Lacan
     Slavoj Žižek
2. Nothing Really Matters – Rhapsody for a Dead Queen: A Lacanian Reading of Thomas Aquinas
     Tina Beattie
3. Subjectification, Salvation, and the Real in Luther and Lacan
     Carl Raschke
4. Lacan avec le Bouddha: Thoughts on Psychoanalysis and Buddhism
     Mario D’Amato
5. Life Terminable and Interminable: The Undead and the Afterlife of the Afterlife
     – A Friendly Disagreement with Martin Hägglund
     Adrian Johnston
6. Solidarity in Suffering with the Non-Human
     Katerina Kolozova

Part II: Theology and the Other Lacan
7. There Is Something of One (God): Lacan and Political Theology
     Kenneth Reinhard
8. Woman and the Number of God
     Lorenzo Chiesa
9. Secular Theology as Language of Rebellion
     Noëlle Vahanian
10. Making the Quarter Turn: Liberation Theology after Lacan
     Thomas Lynch
11. By the Grace of Lacan
     Marcus Pound
12. The Triumph of Theology
     Clayton Crockett



Endorsements and Reviews

Theology after Lacan contains essays from some of the world’s most recognised theology and cultural theorists implicated in contemporary psychoanalysis and rigorously advances the conversation about the intimate intersection that binds religion and psychoanalysis intriguingly together.
Bracha L. Ettinger, author of The Matrixial Borderspace

This book exemplifies the vibrant interdisciplinary discussion taking place between theology and Lacanian psychoanalysis, a fascinating intersection between two apparently unlikely bedfellows.
Lewis Berry, in Theological Book Review, Vol 27, No 2