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.
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
2. Nothing Really Matters – Rhapsody for a Dead Queen: A Lacanian Reading of Thomas Aquinas
3. Subjectification, Salvation, and the Real in Luther and Lacan
4. Lacan avec le Bouddha: Thoughts on Psychoanalysis and Buddhism
5. Life Terminable and Interminable: The Undead and the Afterlife of the Afterlife
– A Friendly Disagreement with Martin Hägglund
6. Solidarity in Suffering with the Non-Human
Part II: Theology and the Other Lacan
7. There Is Something of One (God): Lacan and Political Theology
8. Woman and the Number of God
9. Secular Theology as Language of Rebellion
10. Making the Quarter Turn: Liberation Theology after Lacan
11. By the Grace of Lacan
12. The Triumph of Theology
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