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Tom Eyers received his Ph.D. from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London. 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 Macmillan in 2012. His second, ‘Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology and Marxism in Postwar France', first appeared with Bloomsbury in 2013, and then in a paperback edition in 2015. His third book, ‘Speculative Formalism: Literature, Theory, and the Critical Present', is forthcoming with Northwestern University Press in 2016. He serves as an Assistant Editor of the journal boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture'.

His research interests include the philosophy of literature and art, literary theory and literary criticism, psychoanalysis and 20th Century French philosophy.


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


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 debates and discussions, masterfully revealing the philosophical power and richness Lacan offers his readers'. - Adrian Johnston

Post-Rationalism: Psychoanalysis, Epistemology and Marxism in Postwar France
Bloomsbury Academic 2013; p/b. 2015.

‘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

‘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.
Northwestern University Press, forthcoming 2016.


‘Materialist Wordsworth'
Forthcoming in boundary 2

‘Badiou Among the Poets'
Forthcoming in boundary 2

‘Form as Formalization in Lukàcs'
Forthcoming in Mediations

‘The Revenge of Form'
Forthcoming in boundary 2

‘Language Poetry and the Textual Negotiation of History'
Forthcoming in Textual Practice

‘Wallace Stevens, Alain Badiou, and the Paradoxical Productivity of Poetic Form'
Textual Practice, published online and forthcoming in print, October 2015

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

‘Paul de Man's Philosophical Poetics'
Philosophy Compass 9.1, January 2014

‘The Perils of the Digital Humanities: New Positivisms and the Fate of Literary Theory'
Postmodern Culture, 10.2, 2014

‘French Philosophy of Science, Structuralist Epistemology, and the Problem of the Subject'
Southern Journal of Philosophy, 52.2, 2014

‘Bachelard, Lacan, and the Impurity of Scientific Formalization' (Shortlisted for the Oxford University Malcolm Bowie Prize in French Studies)

Paragraph: Journal of Modern Critical Theory, 35.3, 2012

Severino A Russo Research Fellowship Award, Duquesne University, 2014-15.

Society for the Humanities Fellowship, Cornell University, 2013-14.

Shortlisted for the Malcolm Bowie Prize in French Studies, 2012.

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

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

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