About this book
This book initiates the discussion between psychoanalysis and recent humanist and social scientific interest in a fundamental contemporary topic – the nonhuman. The authors question where we situate the subject (as distinct from the human) in current critical investigations of a nonanthropoentric universe. In doing so they unravel a less-than-human theory of the subject; explore implications of Lacanian teachings in relation to the environment, freedom, and biopolitics; and investigate the subjective enjoyments of and anxieties over nonhumans in literature, film, and digital media. This innovative volume fills a valuable gap in the literature, extending investigations into an important and topical strand of the social sciences for both analytic and pedagogical purposes.
Freud psychoanalysis humanism the Other Jacques Lacan phobia and Freud Giorgio Agamben ethics of psychoanalysis post-humanist freedom George Spencer-Brown’s calculus of indications Samuel Beckett postmodernism YouTube ASMR videos psychology arithmocentrism
“Thakur (English, Boise State Univ.), and Dickstein (independent scholar) have collected essays which integrate a neglected discourse between the recent ‘nonhuman turn’ in the humanities and psychoanalysis … . This new, original angle is lively with possibilities. … The book is suited to faculty and advanced students of philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis (especially Lacanian), and the history of ideas. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and professionals.” (R. H. Balsam, Choice, Vol. 56 (5), January, 2019)