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Tom Eyers

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Philosophy

303-C College Hall, Office Hours: Thursdays 4:00-6:00pm
Phone: 412.396.6499

Education:

Ph.D., Philosophy, Kingston University, London, 2011
Mphil., Social Anthropological Research, University of Cambridge, 2006
B.A., Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2005
Biography

Tom Eyers received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London, in 2011. He holds BA and Mphil. degrees from the University of Cambridge. His first book, 'Lacan and the Concept of the Real', was published with Palgrave in 2012. His second, 'Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology and Marxism in Postwar France', was published with Bloomsbury in 2013. He is currently at work on a new book with the tentative title 'Speculative Formalism: The Poetics of Form in Literature, Science and Philosophy'.

His research interests include contemporary French philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, Marxism, Continental philosophy of science and literary theory.

Publications

Books

Lacan and the Concept of the ‘Real'
Palgrave Macmillan 2012.

‘Tom Eyers does the impossible: he provides a systematic outline of the concept of the Real in all its manifestations, from its genesis and transformations to its clinical and philosophical implications' - Slavoj Žižek

‘Eyers creatively advances a number of contemporary discussions and debates, masterfully revealing the philosophical power and richness Lacan offers his readers' - Adrian Johnston

Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology and Marxism in Post-War France
Bloomsbury Academic 2013; paperback 2014.

‘In its range of material and in its interpretive daring, Eyers's book is one of an ambition rarely seen today.' - Paul Earlie, Queen's College Oxford, French Studies

‘Eyers has restored, with remarkable clarity and comprehensiveness, the crucial details of a bigger picture - one whose continuing reconstruction will further accentuate its political resonances, past and present ‘ - David Winters, Radical Philosophy

Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present
Manuscript complete; under review.

Book Contributions

‘Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis' in Reading Lacan's ‘Écrits', ed. S. Vanheule, (London, Routledge, 2015) (forthcoming)

‘Deleuze and Lacan on Poetic Significance' in Another Deleuze, Another Lacan, ed. Andreja Zevnik, (Durham: Duke University Press, 2015) (forthcoming)

‘Question for debate' in B. Latour, G. Harman and P. Erdélyi, The Prince and the Wolf: Latour and Harman at the LSE, (London, Zero Books, 2011)

Publications in Journals

Formalization, not Form!
Under review.

Materialist Wordsworth
Under review.

Language Poetry and the Textual Production of History
Under review.

Wallace Stevens, Alain Badiou, and the Paradoxical Productivity of Literary Form
Forthcoming in Textual Practice, 2015.

Badiou Among the Poets
Forthcoming in Boundary 2, 2015.

The Perils of the Digital Humanities: New Positivisms and the Fate of Literary Theory
Postmodern Culture, 10:2, 2014.

Objections to Form: Poetry, Psychoanalysis and the Turn to Objects
Umbr(a): Journal of the Unconscious, 2014.

French Philosophy of Science, Structuralist Epistemology and the Problem of the Subject
Southern Journal of Philosophy, 52:2, 2014.

Paul de Man's Philosophical Poetics
Philosophy Compass, 9:1, January 2014.

Psychoanalytic Structuralism and the ‘Cahiers pour l'Analyse'
Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 18:1, Spring 2013.

Bachelard, Lacan, and the Impurity of Scientific Formalization
Paragraph: Journal of Modern Critical Theory 35:3, pp.320-337, 2012.
(Shortlisted for the Malcolm Bowie Prize in French Studies, 2012).

The ‘Signifier-in-Relation', the ‘Signifier-in-Isolation', and the Concept of the ‘Real' in Lacan
Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy 14, 2012.

Lacanian Materialism and the Question of the Real
Cosmos and History 7:1, 2011, pp.155-166
http://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/235/342

Rethinking the Dialectic: Hegel with Lacan, Derrida with Foucault, and the Question of Dialectical Ethics
Studies in Social and Political Thought 14, 2007, pp.3-21

Book Reviews:

Review of J. Clemens, Psychoanalysis Is An Anti-Philosophy, forthcoming in Radical Philosophy, May-June 2014.

Review of T. Tho and G. Bianco, Badiou and the Philosophers: Interrogating 1960s French Philosophy in Notre Dame Philosophical Review, 2014, online.

Review of David Webb Foucault's Epistemology: Science and Transformation in Radical Philosophy 180, July/August 2013, pp. 58-60.

Review essay on Slavoj Žižek Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism
Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 2012

Review essay on Simon Skempton Alienation After Derrida
Historical Materialism 19.3, 2011, pp.190-195(6)

Review essay on Scott Wilson The Politics of Joy and Gregg Lampert Who's Afraid of Deleuze and Guattari?
Deleuze Studies 6.4, 2012, pp.638-649

Review of Alenka Zupančič The Odd One In: On Comedy
Radical Philosophy 155, 2009, pp.60-62

Review of Matt Ffytche The Foundation of the Unconscious: Schelling, Freud and the Birth of the Modern Psyche
Radical Philosophy 175, 2012, pp.68-70

Review of Bruno Bosteels Badiou and Politics
Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 2012

Review of Alberto Toscano Fanaticism: On the Uses of an Idea
Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 2010

Review of Michael Lewis Derrida and Lacan: Another Writing Derrida Today 4.2, 2011, pp.281-284

Review of Lorenzo Chiesa Subjectivity and Otherness: A Philosophical Reading of Lacan European Journal of Psychoanalysis
28, 2010, pp.112-117

Review of Alain Badiou Theory of the Subject
Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 2010

Review of Ian Parker Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity
Marx and Philosophy Review of Books 2011

Contributions to AHRC-funded project ‘Concept and Form: the Cahiers pour l'Analyse and Contemporary French Thought' at CRMEP, Kingston University.

Paid Writing Assignments

Review essay on Benjamin Noys The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory Mute Magazine 2011
http://www.metamute.org/editorial/articles/think-negative

Presentations

Conference Presentations

Formalization, Not Form!: Reuniting Form and Critique, MLA national convention, Vancouver, January 2015

Jacques Lacan and French Philosophy of Science
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 7th January 2012

Deleuze, Canguilhem and the Problem of Life
Society for European Philosophy Annual Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, September 2012

Psychoanalysis and the (Neo)liberal Arts
Mellon Symposium ‘Interstices: A Decade of Interdisciplinary Scholarship', Washington University in St. Louis, September 2012

Psychosis and Language
Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workshops Conference ‘On Madness', St Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, October 2012

The Underground Current of the Idea: Althusser, Lacan, Badiou at ‘21st Century Idealism' International Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee, April 1-2 2011

Lacanian Materialism and the Question of the Real at 'Real Objects or Material Subjects? A Conference on Continental Metaphysics' International Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Dundee, March 27-28th, 2010

Materializing the Symptom: Lacan and the 'Sinthome' Cardiff University, 8th September, 2009

Invited Conference Contributions

Organized three-day seminar ‘Form As/Against History', American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, Seattle, March 2015

10 hours of intensive seminars on ‘Literature and Formalism' at Duquesne University, Summer 2014. Other keynotes: Bruno Bosteels and Paul Livingston.

Response to Dorothea Olkowski, book session, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Annual Conference, New Orleans, October 2014

Paul de Man, the ‘Profits and Losses' of Poetic Form, and the Stakes of a Speculative Formalism American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, New York City, 2014

Poetry at the Limits of Sense: Badiou and Wallace Stevens Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Oregon, October 2013

Deleuze, Canguilhem, and the Problem of Life Inter-Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory at Department of English, University of Illinois at Chicago, June 4th 2012

Moderator, The Politics of Logic Panel Discussion Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy Annual Conference, Rochester NY, 1st November 2012

Speculative Formalism: Psychoanalysis, Science, Literature Department of English, Washington University in St. Louis, December 2012

Psychoanalytic Structuralism and the Cahiers pour l'Analyse Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy Research Seminar Series, Kingston University London, 27th January 2011

Bachelard, Lacan and the Impurity of Formalization, Department of Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, November 15th 2011

Respondent at 'Form and Formalism' Workshop, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, 29-30th November 2010

Awards and Scholarships

Severino A. Russo Faculty Research Fellowship Award, Duquesne University, 2014-2015.

Society for the Humanities Fellowship, Cornell University, 2013-14 (declined)

Shortlisted for the Malcolm Bowie Prize for French Studies, 2012

Fully funded PhD Scholarship with teaching and administrative responsibilities, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University (awarded 2008-2011)

Senior and Research Scholar, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (elected 2005)

Domestic Research Scholar, University of Cambridge (elected 2005)

‘Exhibition' Examination Prize (for Part 2a examinations in Social Anthropology undertook as part of the Archaeology and Anthropology Tripos), Trinity College, University of Cambridge 2004

Winner of the 2005 University of Cambridge Social Anthropology Society Essay Prize for Actor-Network Theory and the Claims of Modernity

Shortlisted for the Malcolm Bowie Prize for French Studies, 2012

Fully funded PhD Scholarship with teaching and administrative responsibilities, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University (awarded 2008-2011)

Senior and Research Scholar, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (elected 2005)

Domestic Research Scholar, University of Cambridge (elected 2005)

‘Exhibition' Examination Prize (for Part 2a examinations in Social Anthropology undertook as part of the Archaeology and Anthropology Tripos), Trinity College, University of Cambridge 2004

Winner of the 2005 University of Cambridge Social Anthropology Society Essay Prize for Actor-Network Theory and the Claims of Modernity

Society for the Humanities Fellowship, Cornell University, 2013-14 (declined)