Philosophy Today 65 (3):655-672 (2021)

This article defends Jacques Lacan and Judith Butler against the long-standing but recently reiterated charge that they affirm a linguistic idealism or foundationalism. First outlining the parameters of Lacan’s thinking on this topic through his comments on the materiality inherent in the imaginary, symbolic, real schema to show that he offers an account built around the tension between the real and symbolic, I then move to Butler to argue that she more coherently identifies the parameters of the problem before offering an explanation based on paradox. With this, both offer a forceful rebuttal of linguistic idealism, a far more complex analysis of the materialism–signification relation than their new materialist critics tend to appreciate, and innovative but often-ignored “new” materialisms of their own.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.5840/philtoday2021521412
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,599
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Politics of Law and the Lacanian Real.Amy Swiffen - 2010 - Law and Critique 21 (1):39-51.
The Im-Possibility of a Feminist Subject.Claudia Leeb - 2009 - Social Philosophy Today 25:47-60.
One Hand Clapping: The Phoneme and the Nothing.Geoff Boucher - 2005 - Filozofski Vestnik 26 (2):83-93.
Politik, Körper, Vulnerabilität Ein Gespräch mit Judith Butler.Judith Butler - 2018 - In Sergej Seitz, Tatjana Schönwälder-Kuntze & Gerald Posselt (eds.), Judith Butlers Philosophie des Politischen: Kritische Lektüren. Transcript Verlag. pp. 299-322.
Queering It Right, Getting It Wrong.Hector Kollias - 2012 - Paragraph 35 (2):144-163.


Added to PP index

Total views
17 ( #622,045 of 2,462,217 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
11 ( #64,998 of 2,462,217 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes