‘Can Philosophy Love? Reflections and Encounters’ by Cindy Zeiher & Todd McGowan

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How can we articulate a philosophy of love? This volume stages encounters between contemporary understandings of love and philosophy. It considers particular continental philosophers who think about love and its relation to desire and sexuality.

The essays in this collection contend with philosophy and psychoanalysis as lines of thought that expose love’s role in all knowledge. Drawing on the work of key thinkers such as Žižek, Badiou, Lacan, Hegel, Vattimo, Caygill, Levinas, Menshikov and Marx, this book puts love to work as a way of understanding the subject of desire as a figure of knowledge shaped by the event of love.

Contributors: Todd McGowan, Cindy Zeiher, Jelica Sumič, Gabriel Tupinambá, Fabio Vighi, Nicole Thomas, Frank Ruda, Georgois Tsagdis, Agon Hamza, Henrietta Mondry, Jeff Robbins, Geoff Pfeifer, Sigi Jöttkandt, Ryan Engley, Monique Rooney, Louis-Paul Willis, Rado Riha, Mike Grimshaw & Simone Drischel


Todd McGowan is a Professor in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Vermont. His many publications include Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets (2016) and Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis (2012).

Cindy Zeiher is a Lecturer in the School of Language, Political and Social Sciences at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is co-editor of the journal CT&T: Continental Thought and Theory.