Theology after Lacan: The Passion for the Real

Published by Wipf and Stock in 2014.


This volume highlights the contemporary relevance of Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), whose linguistic reworking of Freudian analysis radicalized both psychoanalysis and its approach to theology. Part I: Lacan, Religion, and Others explores the application of Lacan’s thought to the phenomena of religion. Part II: Theology and the Other Lacan explores and develops theology in light of Lacan. In both cases, a central place is given to Lacan’s exposition of the real, thereby reflecting the impact of his later work.

Contributors: Tina Beattie, Lorenzo Chiesa, Clayton Crockett, Creston Davis, Adrian Johnston, Katerina Kolozova, Thomas Lynch, Marcus Pound, Carl Raschke, Kenneth Reinhard, Mario D’Amato, Noelle Vahanian, and Slavoj Žižek. 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”.

Creston Davis is a founder, co-director and professor of philosophy at the Global Center for Advanced Studies. He is also professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School and at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities. He is the co-author (with Slavoj Žižek and John Milbank) of Paul’s New Moment, and (with Alain Badiou) the author of The Contradictions of America (forthcoming). He has just completed his novel, Ghostly Icons.

Marcus Pound is Assistant Director of the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University, and lecturer in Catholic Theology. His is the author of Theology, Psychoanalysis, and Trauma, and Slavoj Žižek: A (Very) Critical Introduction.

Clayton Crockett is Associate Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. His most recent book is Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity and Event.

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