Rowman and Littlefield International

Esoteric Lacan

Edited by Philipp Valentini and Mahdi Tourage

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This volume analyses the possibilities and limits of Lacanian theory when it comes to studying non-European religions and explores how Lacan can renew our approach to non-European “religious” beliefs. It examines the ways in which Lacan helps us to distance ourselves from the psychical/psychological effects of the universal drive of capitalism.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786609700 Release date: Oct 2019
£90.00 €126.00 $135.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786609717 Release date: Oct 2019
£29.95 €41.95 $43.00

Series: Reframing Continental Philosophy of Religion

Pages: 192


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The Guide for the Perplexed and engaged with occultism, Sufism and the Kabbalistic tradition. This book offers the first in-depth exploration of his work in this area, asking: how did the different discourses on ‘religion’ influence Lacan’s own thinking? And what can Lacanian theory offer when it comes to the study of non-European religious beliefs? Can it help us to step outside of the Western Christian framework that still organizes the academic knowledge of what religion should be?

This collection critically examines how Lacan helps us to question how far the European understanding of these texts and traditions is tied to the universal drive of capitalism and to the psychological internalization of the history of colonialism.

Introduction, Philipp Valentini and Mahdi Tourage

Part I: Occulted Structures of Desire

1. “Solid Hatred Addressed to Being”: Lacan’s Gnostic Uses of Judaism, Agata Bielik-Robson

2. The Will of the American god: Anti-blackness, Jouissance-Sacrifice, and the Structuration of das Ding, Calvin Warren

3. Lacan and Sufism: Paths for Moving Beyond Pre- and Post-Modern Subjectivities, Mahdi Tourage

4. Jacques Lacan, Wilfred Bion, and the Inverted Kabbalah, Bruce Rosenstock

Part II: Logics of the Master

5. The Capitalist Exception: Discourse, Sexuation, and Infinity, John Holland

6. Assassination and Judgement, Miroslav Griško

7. The Devil’s Choice: Slavery and the Logic of the Vel, Jared Sexton and Sora Han

Part III: In Nothingness where Names and Meanings Gush Forth

8. Experiences of Transcendence in the Borromean Knot, Janina Maris Hofer

9. Freedom and Nothingness, between Theodicy and Anthropodicy: Lacan and (Un)Orthodox Perspectives, Davor Džalto

10. The Most Mysterious of Effusions: On the Presence of Jacques Lacan in the work of Benny Lévy, Gilles Hanus

11. Meaning and Emptiness: Introducing Ibn’ Arabi to Late Modern Minds, Philipp Valentini


Philipp Valentini is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Mahdi Tourage is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Social Justice and Peace Studies, King's University College at the Western University, Canada

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Can psychoanalysis be useful to cure anything more than the neuroses created by the European bourgeois family structure? This book finally tackles this most important issue by exploring the resources available for this task with Lacan's thinking. As such, it is a must read to deepen the much needed process of de-provincializing psychoanalysis.

Chiara Bottici and Benoit Challand, New School for Social Research, authors of The Myth of the Clash of Civilizations

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