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Lacan and Debt: The Discourse of the Capitalist in Times of Austerity

Mura, Andrea. 2015. Lacan and Debt: The Discourse of the Capitalist in Times of Austerity. Philosophy Today, 59(2), pp. 155-174. ISSN 0031-8256 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In this article a reference to Jacques Lacan’s ‘capitalist discourse’ will help highlight the bio-political workings of neo liberalism in times of austerity, detecting the transition from so-called ‘debt economy’ to an ‘economy of anxiety.’ An ‘il-liberal’ turn at the core of neoliberal discourses will be examined in particular, which pivots on an ‘astute’ intersecting between outbursts of renunciation; irreducible circularity of guilt and satisfaction; persistent attachment to forms of dissipative enjoyment; and a pervasive blackmail under the register of all-encompassing regulations and evalua­tions — all of which elevates the production of success up to the point of a production and consumption of failure.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.5840/philtoday201521958

Keywords:

Lacan, Debt, Anxiety, Neoliberalism, Capitalist Discourse

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
24 February 2015Published

Item ID:

19374

Date Deposited:

04 Jan 2017 17:25

Last Modified:

28 Aug 2018 09:49

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19374

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