S: Journal of the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique

S Journal addresses key issues in Lacanian psychoanalysis and its related fields of philosophy, film, literary criticism, and political ideology critique.

Forthcoming issue: S12: Marguerite Duras, April 2020

Call for contributions: S13: Barbara Cassin

Known for directing the Dictionary of Untranslatables (Princeton University Press, 2014) and her polemic against Google – Google-moi: la deuxième mission de l’Amérique (Paris: Albin-Michel, 2007) – French philosopher Barbara Cassin made her name with a magisterial rereading of the work of the Ancient sophists – L’Effet sophistique, 1995 - rescuing them from their Platonic and adjectival positioning as the casuistical and commercial others of philosophy. With painstaking philological care, inspired by Derrida and Heidegger yet somehow escaping their rhetorical ploys – perhaps due to a deeper transference to Gorgias – Cassin unearths and rebuilds the Sophist’s ‘logological’ conception of the relationship between discourse and time against Plato and Aristotle’s tendency to spatialize both discourse and time, in particular in the form of the ‘trope’. This reinterpretation of the doctrine, value, position and legacy of the sophists opens up the possibility of different histories of philosophy, indeed of different practices of writing beyond what has been called ‘history’ and ‘philosophy’. Not only does she unravel the Platonic distinction between philosopher and sophist to a point of unrecognizability and indetermination, but she also gives us some measure of the oppressive and disenabling weight of this mistaken dichotomy through the centuries right up until present-day partitions of discourses and allocations of prestige.

Cassin’s work leads its readers to imagine not only other scenes of philosophical writing, but also other practices of pedagogy, in which there is no longer any master to trace the disciple’s steps before her so as to guide her, but where the question of sexuation prefigures any assumed performance of gender.

The editors welcome articles that explore any side of Cassin’s oeuvre, including, but not limited to the following lines of enquiry:

  • The consequences of interpreting Lacanian psychoanalysis as a modern sophistics, including its intersections with other kinds of discourse;

  • The recovery of other histories of philosophy inspired by Cassin’s readings and categories;

  • Logology (in relation to grammatology, to idealinguistery, to minor literature);

  • The relationship between philological reading and the construction of concepts;

  • The indebtedness or irreducibility of Cassin’s strategy to Heidegger’s ‘destruction of metaphysics’ or Derrida’s deconstruction of the ‘metaphysics of presence’.

  • Cassin’s relationship to different feminisms and in particular the question of women in philosophy (her interpretation of Arendt on this point)

  • Cassin as polemicist on contemporary technology

  • The implications of sophistics for a theory of conflict or faction

  • Cassin’s treatment of, performance of and analysis of sexuation in relationship to gender

  • Cassin and speech act theory, especially Austin

Enquiries to Oliver Feltham (ofeltham[at]aup.edu) or Sigi Jottkandt (sjottkandt[at]gmail.com)

Deadline for submissions: 30 September, 2020


Vol 11 (2018): Lost Cause ("Repetition/s")

Edited by Ben Hjorth

Table of Contents


Introduction: cause:rie :: repetition:s
Ben Hjorth

I. Hegel

The Apocalypse is (Still) Disappointing
Alenka Zupančič
Beginning and Method of (the) Logic
Dieter Henrich
Hegel and the Rhythm of Logic
Rasmus Ugilt
Hegel the Comedian, or The Wink of Saint Vitus
Alfie Bown
Dreams, Dogma and Speculation
Goran Vranešević
The Paradoxes of the Limping Cause in Kierkegaard, Hegel and Lacan
Bara Kolenc

II. "Repetition/s"

Beyond the Mimetic Principle: Kant with Lacan
Jan Sieber
A Glitch in Transcendental Repetition: On the Freudian Uncanny and the Ambiguity of Repeating
Sandrine Rose Schiller Hansen
Why a Hitchcock Drinks its Coffee Black
Alexi Kukuljevic
The Mythogenesis of Psychogenesis
Amanda Holmes
The Fate of Everything That is Written
Nadia Bou Ali
Il n'y a pas de rapport sexuel ... Ou pire: the Discourse of Capitalism
Esther Faye


Re/viewing Repetition/s: The Collected Works of Victor Bergman
Justin Clemens


Primordia of Après-coup, Fractal Memory, and Hidden Letters
S Berlin Brahnam
The Symbolic in the Early Lacan as a Cybernetic Machine, as Automaton and Tyche, and the Question of the Real
Raul Moncayo
On Lacan's Neglected Computational Model and the Oedipal Structure
S Berlin Brahnam

Complete issue

S10-11: Lost Cause ("Repetition/s")
Ben Hjorth