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Lacanian Antiphilosophy and the Problem of Anxiety

An Uncanny Little Object

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Brian Robertson
    Pages 1-13
  3. Brian Robertson
    Pages 15-29
  4. Brian Robertson
    Pages 31-43
  5. Brian Robertson
    Pages 45-69
  6. Brian Robertson
    Pages 71-102
  7. Brian Robertson
    Pages 161-185
  8. Brian Robertson
    Pages 211-214
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 215-249

About this book


This book brings Jacques Lacan's work on the problem of anxiety into a jarring and fruitful confrontation with phenomenology, existentialism, and the 'jargon' of authenticity. Brian Robertson masterfully upends a host of received philosophical truths - most notably, and crucially, the idea that anxiety 'lacks an object.'


Anxiety Desire Sexuality Jacques Lacan Existentialism Phenomenology Affect Sadism Masochism Jouissance The Gaze Drives The Uncanny Sexual Difference Homosexuality Philosophical Anthropology Subjectivity Kierkegaard Sartre Heidegger anthropology existentialism Jean-Paul Sartre Martin Heidegger phenomenology philosophy Sören Kierkegaard

About the authors

Brian Robertson is an independent scholar residing in Washington, USA.

Bibliographic information


'This exploration of anxiety provides not only a path-breaking rethinking of the concept of anxiety but also a wholly new way of thinking about Jacques Lacan. Through Robertson's careful analysis, we discover a Lacan who participates in the existentialist project by reformulating its key concepts rather than dismissing them. This book is a genuine breakthrough.' - Todd McGowan, University of Vermont, USA

'Robertson's focus here is Lacan's crucially important 1962-63 seminar on anxiety. Robertson locates Lacan's problematic in relation to phenomenological and existential conceptions of anxiety in Heidegger, Sartre, and Kierkegaard, and provides detailed background on many of the seminar's more obscure references. The result is a useful illumination of an indispensable Lacanian text.' - Richard Boothby, Loyola University Maryland, USA