The Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths University of London

Research Centre based in Sociology and run jointly with the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths University, London

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Lorenzo Chiesa, ‘What Is a Subject? Lacan/Foucault’ (11 January 2018)


11 January 2018


Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) Room 144

This talk will focus on Foucault’s 1969 article ‘What Is an Author?’ and on Lacan’s comments on it. Although Lacan highlights the links between Foucault’s notion of the author and the subject of the unconscious as conceived by psychoanalysis, it will be argued that Lacan’s materialist stance is ultimately incompatible with Foucault’s fundamentally vitalist ontology.

Lorenzo Chiesa is Director of the Genoa School of Humanities and Visiting Professor at the European University at St Petersburg. He also teaches at the Freud Museum, London. Previously, he was Professor of Modern European Thought at the University of Kent, where he founded and directed the Centre for Critical Thought. His most recent works include The Not-Two: Logic and God in Lacan (MIT Press, 2016), The Virtual Point of Freedom (Northwestern UP, 2016), and Lacan and Philosophy (, 2014).

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“Hegel and Spinoza” symposium, Nov 24


Spinoza’s philosophy, especially in its contemporary readings inspired by Deleuze and Althusser, is a radical choice for being without gaps or imperfections, for a substance that has no use for negativity, for a production of differences which are not simple logical contradictions. As such, it stands in opposition to all thought which follows Hegel’s equally radical choice for productive power of the negative, of nothingness itself, to any claim that non-being is creative. It seems that contemporary materialism should either choose one or the other, Spinoza or Hegel, Spinoza against Hegel. But is that really so? Perhaps one of the major tasks of materialism today is precisely the task of thinking their encounter in its historical, ontological, and political implications.


Gregor Moder (Ljubljana)

Benjamin Noys (Chichester), author of The Persistence of the Negative

Jamila Mascat (Utrecht), author of Hegel a Jena: La critica dell’astrazione

Caroline Williams (Queen Mary), author of Contemporary French Philosophy
Modernity and the Persistence of the Subject

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Gramsci and Philosophy Reading Group (31 October 2017, Istituto Italiano di Cultura)

gramsci prison notebooks

A reading group on Gramsci and Philosophy hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute and moderated by Alberto Toscano (co-director, CPCT)

Tuesday 31 October 2017
Istituto Italiano di Cultura
39 Belgrave Square


On the occasion of the first exhibition of Gramsci’s prison notebooks (Quaderni del carcere) outside of Italy, we will be discussing Part III, Section 1 of the English-language translation Selections from the Prison Notebooks, ‘The Study of Philosophy’ (ed. and trans. Quentin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith, London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1971), pp. 321-377 (with reference to the original Italian of the Quaderni).

The reading group is free and open to all but due to limited numbers you must register by emailing