What is Sex?

Author's talk: Alenka Zupančič

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11 May, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

£10 - £13

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In What is Sex?, Alenka Zupancic approaches the question of sexuality from a Lacanian perspective, considering it a properly philosophical problem for psychoanalysis.

Zupancic’s latest work takes your breath away. It is a pathbreaking discovery of the philosophical wager at the heart of the psychoanalytic project. Zupancic forces us to confront for the first time the ontological significance of sex.Todd McGowan

Drawing on Freud and Lacan, Zupančič argues that sexuality is at the point of a “short circuit” between ontology and epistemology.

Sexuality and knowledge are structured around a fundamental negativity, which unites them at the point of the unconscious. The unconscious (as linked to sexuality) is the concept of an inherent link between being and knowledge in their very negativity.

About the author

Alenka Zupančič is a Slovene philosopher and social theorist. She works as research advisor at the Institute of Philosophy, Scientific Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Sciences. She is also professor at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, and at the Graduate School ZRC SAZU (Ljubljana). She is the author of numerous articles and books on psychoanalysis and philosophy, including Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan; The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Two; Why Psychoanalysis: Three Interventions; The Odd One In: On Comedy; and, most recently, What is Sex?

What Is Sex? is available from the Freud Museum Shop.


11 May, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£10 - £13
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