Cut of the Real

Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy

Katerina Kolozova. Foreword by François Laruelle

Columbia University Press

Cut of the Real

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Pub Date: January 2014

ISBN: 9780231166102

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Cut of the Real

Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy

Katerina Kolozova. Foreword by François Laruelle

Columbia University Press

Following François Laruelle's nonstandard philosophy and the work of Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell, Luce Irigaray, and Rosi Braidotti, Katerina Kolozova reclaims the relevance of categories traditionally rendered "unthinkable" by postmodern feminist philosophies, such as "the real," "the one," "the limit," and "finality," thus critically repositioning poststructuralist feminist philosophy and gender/queer studies.

Poststructuralist (feminist) theory sees the subject as a purely linguistic category, as always already multiple, as always already nonfixed and fluctuating, as limitless discursivity, and as constitutively detached from the instance of the real. This reconceptualization is based on the exclusion of and dichotomous opposition to notions of the real, the one (unity and continuity), and the stable. The non-philosophical reading of postructuralist philosophy engenders new forms of universalisms for global debate and action, expressed in a language the world can understand. It also liberates theory from ideological paralysis, recasting the real as an immediately experienced human condition determined by gender, race, and social and economic circumstance.

Cut of the Real is an important and original contribution to the complex discussions relating to subjectivity and identity. Through her nuanced reading of Lacan and Laruelle, Katerina Kolozova creates a powerful argument for a notion of democratic love that allows us to break through some of the ambiguities that have attended discussions of subjectivity, human nature, and the possibility of meaningful or radical social change. Her book will be a must-read in fields as diverse as philosophy, anthropology, and law.

Drucilla Cornell, Rutgers University

Kolozova's important new book is a fascinating disruption of the assumptions of post-structuralist feminism. Her creative extension of the 'non-philosophy' of Laruelle radicalizes feminist philosophy as it expands possibilities for theorizing the real as experienced. This is a major contribution to the new materialism.

Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Given the brilliance of this book, I think it would be no exaggeration to say that Kolozova is the 'Eastern European Judith Butler.' Which is to say that she is uncompromisingly difficult, innovative, and challenging as a thinker, yet develops a voice that is radically distinct from American-dominated gender theory.

Michael O'Rourke, Independent Colleges, Dublin

Cut of the Real is destined to be an important contribution to ongoing debates in feminist, queer, gender, and race theory, as well as the newly emerging philosophical trend of speculative realism. It is my belief that Kolozova's book is the best introduction to Laruelle's thought to date and that it does an exceptional job discussing why it is valuable and what it can do.

Levi R. Bryant, Collin College
Foreword: Gender Fiction, by François Laruelle
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. On the One and on the Multiple
2. On the Real and the Imagined
3. On the Limit and the Limitless
4. The Real Transcending Itself (Through Love)
5. The Real in the Identity
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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About the Author

Katerina Kolozova is professor of philosophy and gender studies at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Research in Skopje, Macedonia, and has been a member of the International Organization of Non-philosophy since its founding. She is the author of The Lived Revolution: Solidarity with the Body in Pain as the New Political Universal, coeditor of Gender and Identity: Theories from and/or on Southeastern Europe, and editor of Conversations with Judith Butler: Crisis of the Subject.

About the Author

François Laruelle is emeritus professor at the University of Paris Ouest, Nanterre la Défense (Paris X), and a lecturer at the Collège International de Philosophie. He is the author of more than twenty works of philosophy, including Principles of Non-Philosophy, Philosophies of Difference, Future Christ, and The Concept of Non-Photography.

Robin Mackay is a philosopher and editor and publisher of Collapse Journal of Philosophical Research and Development.