Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Genie out of the bottle: Lacan and the loneliness of global capitalism

Vighi, Fabio 2019. Genie out of the bottle: Lacan and the loneliness of global capitalism. Crisis and Critique 6 (1) , pp. 391-415.

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Download (150kB) | Preview

Abstract

The article argues that Lacan’s understanding of the capitalist discourse should be framed within the ongoing crisis of valorisation, where for the first time in the history of capitalism the impact of automation causes the economy’s operating logic to backfire. Contemporary capitalism’s crippling inability to generate the necessary mass of economic value required for the reproduction of our societies can be fully appreciated by reconstructing Lacan’s critique of labour qua value-fetish, the specific ruse through which capitalism fictionalises the uncountable (unconscious) dimension of any “knowledge at work”. By triangulating between Lacan, Marx and Hegel, this piece seeks to reflect on the empty core of the capital-labour dialectic. The next step will be to explore the capitalist symptom as obdurate form of resistance to the transformation of an exhausted and increasingly self-destructive mode of production.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Crisis and Critique
ISSN: 2311-8172
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 April 2019
Date of Acceptance: 6 March 2019
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2019 11:12
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/121337

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics