Mark S. Weiner

Hegel and Lacan Meet The Rule of the Clan

In France, Psychoanalysis, Rule of the Clan on June 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Prof. Jeanne L. Schroeder of Cardozo Law School has written a fine, thoughtful, extended (and complimentary) review of The Rule of the Clan in which she reads my book through the framework of Hegelian philosophy and the psychoanalytic theory of French post-structuralist Jacques Lacan. She concludes: “In his defense of the classical liberal ideal of individual rights and equality, Weiner implicitly rejects one of liberalism’s founding propositions: a vision of the free individual in the state of nature. Weiner’s thesis is more consistent with the speculative tradition of Continental theory than with American liberalism.”

The link provided is to an abstract of Prof. Schroeder’s review on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), where you can download her full, twenty-seven-page text. I understand that Prof. Schoeder will be sending her essay to law reviews in the upcoming submission cycle. I’m exceptionally gratified by the review, and very moved that my book inspired such deep intellectual engagement by a colleague.

In the meantime, this must be a good week for Francophilia, because “The Call of the Clan,” my recent essay for Foreign Policy, has just been published in French translation for Salte.fr as “De l’union européenne à l’Afghanistan … L’appel du clan,” in a translation by Peggy Sastre. Merci beaucoup, amis et compatriotes!

 

 

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