Department of Philosophy

Ed Pluth

Professor - Ph.D. Duquesne University

 Ed Pluth

Ed Pluth is a native of Minnesota and received his BA in Philosophy and Art History from St. Cloud State University. He received his MA and PhD in philosophy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and studied and lived in Belgium for several years. He has been teaching at Chico State since 2002. He specializes in psychoanalytic theory and contemporary continental philosophy, and has taught courses on Sartre, Existentialism, Phenomenology, and regularly teaches 19th Century History (Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche) and Aesthetics.

Selected publications:

Translated Jean-Claude Milner’s A Search for Clarity: Science and Philosophy in Lacan’s Oeuvre. Northwestern, 2021

On Silence: Holding the Voice Hostage. Co-authored with Cindy Zeiher. Palgrave, 2019

Neuroscience and Critique: Exploring the Limits of the Neurological Turn. Co-edited with Jan De Vos. London: Routledge, 2015

Alain Badiou: An Introduction. London: Polity Press, 2010

Signifiers and Acts: Freedom in Lacan's Theory of the Subject. Albany: SUNY Press, 2007

"Lacan, Anti-humanism, and Freedom", in Jonathan Dickstein and Gautam Thakur (eds), Lacan and the Nonhuman(Palgrave, 2018)

"Natural Worlds, Historical Worlds, and Dialectical Materialism", In Agon Hamza and Frank Ruda (eds), Slavoj Zizek and Dialectical Materialism (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016)

"Freeing Althusser from Spinoza: A Reconsideration of Structural Causality", Crisis and Critique 3 (2014), pp.337-352

"The Narrative Politics of Active Number", In Marios Constantinou (ed), Badiou and the Political Condition (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013)

"The Black Sheep of Philosophical Materialism", In Sean Bowden and Simon Duffy (eds), Badiou and Philosophy (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013)

"Bosteels' Badiou: Politics, Dialectics, Ontology", Cultural Politics 9 (2013), pp.101-105

"Alain Badiou, Kojeve, and the Return of the Human Exception", Filozofski vestnik XXX (2009), pp.197-205

"On Sexual Difference and Sexuality 'As Such': Lacan and the Case of Little Hans", Angelaki 12 (2007), pp.69-79

"Against Spontaneity: Badiou, Lacan, and Zizek on the Act", International Journal of Zizek Studies 1 (2007)

"Lacan's Subversion of the Subject", Continental Philosophy Review 39 (2006),pp.293-312

"What If the Other Is Stupid? Badiou and Lacan on the Act", co-authored with Dominiek Hoens, in P. Hallward (ed), Think Again: Alain Badiou and the Future of Philosophy, pp.182-190. London: Continuum, 2004

"How Acts Use Signifiers", Journal for Lacanian Studies 2 (2004), pp.18-33

"Sinthome: A New Way of Writing an Old Problem?", co-authored with Dominiek Hoens, in L. Thurston (ed), Re-Inventing the Symptom: Essays on the Final Lacan, pp.1-18. New York: The Other Press. 2002