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Since Bacon, Gallileo and Descartes in the early 17th century, the relations between science and religion as well as mind and body have remained volatile fault lines of conflict. The controversies surrounding these relations are as alive and pressing now as at any point over the course of the past four centuries.

Adrian Johnston's transcendental materialism offers a new theoretical approach to these issues. Arming himself with resources provided by German idealism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, the life sciences and contemporary philosophical developments, Johnston formulates an account of subjectivity that, although being both materialist and naturalist, does full justice to human beings as irreducible to natural matter alone. At the same time he argues against relapses into idealisms, dualisms and spiritualisms.

Adventures in Transcendental Materialism elaborates Johnston's position through critical engagements with some of today's most important thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Alain Badiou, Catherine Malabou, Jean-Claude Milner, Martin Hägglund, William Connolly, and Jane Bennett.

Author Biography

Adrian Johnston is Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico and a faculty member at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute.

He is the author of Time Driven (2005), %Zi%zek's Ontology (2008), Badiou, %Zi%zek, and Political Transformations (2009), and Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, Volume One (2013), all published by Northwestern University Press. He is the co-author, with Catherine Malabou, of Self and Emotional Life (Columbia University Press, 2013).

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Introduction: Reports From Philosophical Fronts: Exchanges with Contemporaries Past and Present

Part I: No Illusions: Hegel, Lacan, and Transcendental Materialism
1. The Latest System-Program of German Idealism: From Tübingen to Today
2. For a Thoughtful Ontology: Hegel's Immanent Critique of Spinoza
3. "Off with their thistleheads!": Against Neo-Spinozism
4. "Lacan, our Hegel": Psychoanalysis, Dialectics, and Materialisms

Part II Zizek: Dossier of an Ongoing Debate
5. Hegel's Luther: Zizek's Materialist Hegelianism
6. In Nature More Than Nature Itself: Zizek Between Naturalism and Supernaturalism
7. Spirit is a Quark: Quantum Physics with Zizek

Part III Transcendental Materialism's Significant Others: Psychoanalysis, Science, and Religion
8. Life Terminable and Interminable: Hägglund and the Afterlife of the Afterlife
9. The true Thing is the (w)hole: Freudian-Lacanian Psychoanalysis and Hägglund's Chronolibidinal
10. Antiphilosophy and Paraphilosophy: Milner, Badiou, and Antiphilosophical Lacanianism
11. The Real Unconscious: Malabou, Soler, and Psychical Life After Lacan
12. Toward a Grand Neuropolitics: Why I am Not an Immanent Naturalist or Vital Materialist


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