An Object That Is Not Oriented: Course Outline

Larval Subjects .

Because four sessions is not enough to do a close, sequential reading of Lacan’s 10th seminar, I’ve decided to organize “An Object That Is Not Oriented” thematically. Here’s my tentative schedule (I’ll be thinking on this more over the next week):

Session 1: The Lacanian Subject versus Ego– Two Types of Politics

Session 2: The Lacanian Object or the Cause of Desire and What Cannot Be Digested

Session 3: The Mathematics of Fantasy– Four Fantasmatic Operations and the Janus Faced Structure of the Fantasm (This will include reflections on Elliot Rodgers and the dual structure of fantasy; reading of his manifesto (warning .pdf) is not a bad idea, but is also harrowing).

Session 4: Anxiety and Capitalism. This last session is the most difficult. The question I’m trying to pose– and I don’t have an answer –is that of why anxiety disorders have exploded in the last five or six…

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