What is sex… if love is possible?
There have been already some studies on the common traits of the Slovene Lacanians (for example, Motoh and Irwin, 2014) – most notably on the work of the “troika” composed by Slavoj Žižek, Mladen Dolar and Alenka Zupančič. Their shared project of extracting the political and philosophical consequences of Lacanian psychoanalysis spans now more than thirty years of work. What has been less investigated, however, are the subtle, but relevant distinctions in their diverse approaches to this project. In this short review of Zupančič’s latest book, What is Sex? (2017), I would like to focus on the singularity of her intellectual trajectory, devoting special attention to two interrelated aspects: Zupančič’s decision to situate psychoanalysis strictly within the field of sexuality and love and her distinctive engagement with Alain Badiou’s philosophy.
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