Alenka Zupančič

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Alenka Zupančič
Born (1966-04-01) 1 April 1966 (age 53)
Alma mater
Era20th-/21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests

Alenka Zupančič (born 1 April 1966) is a Slovenian philosopher whose work focuses on psychoanalysis and continental philosophy. She is a Slovenian psychoanalytic theorist and philosopher who along with Mladen Dolar and Slavoj Žižek have in large measure been responsible for the popularity in North America (and Europe) of a politically infused Lacanian psychoanalysis.

Academics and work[edit]

Born in Ljubljana, Zupančič graduated from the University of Ljubljana in 1990. She is currently a full-time researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts[1] and a visiting professor at the European Graduate School.[2] Zupančič belongs to the Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis, which is known for its predominantly Lacanian foundations. Her philosophy is strongly influenced by Slovenian Lacanian scholars, especially Mladen Dolar and Slavoj Žižek.

Zupančič has written on several topics including ethics, literature, comedy, and love. She is most renowned as a Nietzsche scholar, but Immanuel Kant, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Henri Bergson and Alain Badiou are also referenced in her work. She has many videos on YouTube where she talks about her work and the topics. She has also a Facebook page. There are videos of her and her lectures on the European Graduate School website.

She has 242 works in 305 publications in 6 languages and 3,558 library holdings.

Works in English[edit]

  • Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan (London: Verso, 2000).
  • The Shortest Shadow: Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two (Cambridge, Massachusetts; London: The MIT Press, 2003). ISBN 978-0-262-74026-5
  • The Fifth Condition, [in:] Think Again. Alain Badiou and the Future of Philosophy (London: Continuum, 2004).
  • The Odd One In: on Comedy, preface by Slavoj Žižek (Cambridge, Massachusetts; London: The MIT Press, 2007).
  • Why Psychoanalysis: Three Interventions (Aarhus University Press, 2008)
  • What is Sex? (The MIT Press, 2017)


  1. ^ Profile at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Accessed: May 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Alenka Zupančič Archived 2010-04-21 at the Wayback Machine Faculty page at European Graduate School. Biography and bibliography. Accessed: May 1, 2010.

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