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Tom Eyers

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

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


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

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.



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 determinations, from its genesis and transformations to its clinical and philosophical implications. This book is thus simply inescapable for anyone who wants to find a way in the labyrinth of Lacanian theory and of modern thought itself. It is simply something one will have to have at his side all the time while reading hundreds of other books.' - Slavoj Žižek

‘Although references to Lacan's notion of the Real are widespread in today's theoretical humanities, a rigorous, systematic presentation of this key concept has been missing. Eyers's superb study remedies this lack. With precision and insight, Eyers brings to light the interconnected facets of the Lacanian Real. Moreover, he creatively advances a number of contemporary discussions and debates, masterfully revealing the philosophical power and richness Lacan offers his readers.' - Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico, USA

Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology and Marxism in Post-War France
Bloomsbury Academic 2013


‘This is an outstanding study of an exciting and much-neglected period in postwar French philosophy, and Eyers successfully puts to rest many false presuppositions about the nature of continental philosophy itself.' - Ed Pluth, Professor, Department Chair of Philosophy, California State University, Chico, USA

‘This is an illuminating reconstruction of an influential but long-neglected moment in contemporary philosophy. Tom Eyers draws on his expert knowledge of French psychoanalysis and philosophy to propose a valuable new characterisation of structuralist epistemology in general, and of essential works by and around Althusser and Lacan in particular.' - Peter Hallward, Professor of Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London, UK

‘In this exceptionally clear and well-argued book, Eyers shows us forgotten roots of French structuralism in the earlier rationalism of Bachelard, Canguilhem and Althusser. He thereby gives us new and important insights into the works of Lacan, Badiou and their circles.' - James Williams, University of Dundee

‘In its many readings and appropriations the incredibly productive current of French Post-War theory has been often watered down and its edges blunted beyond recognition. Tom Eyers' book cuts straight to the core of the ground-breaking issues that animated it at the outset. With an admirable, almost surgical precision, Eyers is able to render us the surprisingly vivid elements that formed and informed that tradition. Far from a simple historical study, the result is an amazing work packed with stunning relevance for the most burning discussions that are taking place today in philosophy and critical theory.' - Alenka Zupančič, Researcher, Institute of Philosophy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Visiting Professor at the European Graduate School.

‘The flash appearance of Cahiers pour l'Analyse, a journal published by a group of students at the École normale supérieure in 1966-69, inspired by Althusser, Lacan and the epistemological tradition of Canguilhem and Bachelard, marks one of the great starry moments of the twentieth century thought. Tom Eyers' book brings it to life with verve, erudition and engagement, tracing both the genealogy of this explosive laboratory of concepts and its aftermath stretching to the most pressing issues of the present moment of theory. An indispensible book mapping out an indispensible trajectory.' - Mladen Dolar, Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Book Contributions

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

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

Wallace Stevens, Alain Badiou, and the Paradoxical Productivity of Poetic Form
Forthcoming in Textual Practice, 2014.

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

French Philosophy of Science, Structuralist Epistemology and the Problem of the Subject
Forthcoming in Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2014.

Paul de Man's Philosophical Poetics
Philosophy Compass, 9:1, pp.1-10, January 2014.

Psychoanalytic Structuralism and the ‘Cahiers pour l'Analyse'
Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 18.1, Spring 2013

French Philosophy of Science, Structuralist Epistemology and the Problem of the Subject
Forthcoming in Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2014

Bachelard, Lacan, and the Impurity of Scientific Formalization
Paragraph: A 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, pp.56-70

Lacanian Materialism and the Question of the Real

Cosmos and History 7.1, 2011, pp.155-166

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


Conference Presentations

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

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

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

Invited Conference Contributions

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

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

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

Deleuze, Canguilhem, and the Problem of Life
Inter-Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory at Gallery 400, 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

Awards and Scholarships

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)