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    Distillations: theory, ethics, affect.Mari Ruti - 2018 - New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic.
    Author's note -- The posthumanist universal : between precarity and rebellion -- The bad habits of critical theory : on the rigid rituals of thought -- Why some things matter more than others : a lacanian explanation -- Rupture or resignation? : lacanian political theory vs. affect theory -- Socrates's mistake : lacanians on love, lacan on agálmata -- Is suffering an event? : badiou between nietzsche and freud -- Bibliography -- Index.
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    The ethics of opting out: queer theory's defiant subjects.Mari Ruti - 2017 - New York: Columbia University Press.
    Mari Ruti offers a comprehensive overview of the current state of queer theory, including debates about affect theory, subjectivity, negativity, defiance, agency, and bad feelings. She gives an accessible yet theoretically rigorous account of the political divisions that have animated the field in the last decade. In particular, Ruti argues that contemporary efforts by queer theorists to grapple with negativity and bad feelings challenge our society's normative understanding of the good life and have the potential to transform ethical theory and (...)
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    The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living.Mari Ruti - 2013 - Columbia University Press.
    Should we feel inadequate when we fail to be healthy, balanced, and well-adjusted? Is it realistic or even desirable to strive for such an existential equilibrium? Condemning our current cultural obsession with cheerfulness and "positive thinking," Mari Ruti calls for a resurrection of character that honors our more eccentric frequencies and argues that sometimes a tormented and anxiety-ridden life can also be rewarding. Ruti critiques the search for personal meaning and pragmatic attempts to normalize human beings' unruly and idiosyncratic natures. (...)
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    The Posthumanist Quest for the Universal: butler, badiou, žižek.Mari Ruti - 2015 - Angelaki 20 (4):193-210.
    This essay considers the divergent efforts of Judith Butler, Alain Badiou, and Slavoj Žižek to arrive at a postmetaphysical conception of ethics that would sidestep the pitfalls of traditional Western humanism yet still possess universal applicability. Butler approaches this task through her ethics of precarity, which posits vulnerability as a foundation for a generalizable ethics of relationality in the Levinasian vein. Badiou and Žižek, in turn, work from a more Lacanian perspective, attempting to leap directly from the singular to the (...)
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    The Singularity of Being:Lacan and the Immortal Within: Lacan and the Immortal Within.Mari Ruti - 2012 - Fordham University Press.
    The singularity of being -- The rewriting of destiny -- The ethics of the act -- The possibility of the impossible -- The jouissance of the signifier -- The dignity of the thing -- The ethics of sublimation -- The sublimity of love -- Conclusion: the other as face.
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    The Brokenness of Being: lacanian theory and benchmark traumas.Hilary Neroni & Mari Ruti - 2023 - Angelaki 28 (6):123-170.
    In “The Brokenness of Being,” Mari Ruti investigates the impact that trauma can have on being. Informed by her own experience of breast cancer, Ruti argues that there are some traumatic experiences that entirely change one’s symbolic coordinates. She calls these types of experiences benchmark traumas. Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ruti boldly explores how encountering a benchmark trauma forced her to recognize the brokenness of her being. She theorizes that this recognition reveals the split in the subject. Encountering this brokenness, (...)
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    Between Levinas and Lacan: self, other, ethics.Mari Ruti - 2015 - New York: Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.
    Levinas and lacan, two giants of contemporary theory, represent schools of thought that seem poles apart. in this major new work, mari ruti charts the ethical terrain between them. even as ruti outlines the major differences between levinas and judith butler on the one hand and lacan, slavoj z̆iz̆ek, and alain badiou on the other, she proposes that underneath these differences one can discern a shared concern with the thorny relationship between the singularity of experience and the universality of ethics. (...)
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    Reading Lacan as a Social Critic: what it means not to cede on one's desire.Mari Ruti - 2012 - Angelaki 17 (1):69 - 81.
    Angelaki, Volume 17, Issue 1, Page 69-81, March 2012.
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    The Summons of Love.Mari Ruti - 2011 - Columbia University Press.
    We are conditioned to think that love heals wounds, makes us happy, and gives our lives meaning. When the opposite occurs and love causes fracturing, disenchantment, and existential turmoil, we suffer deeply, especially if we feel that love has failed us or that we have failed to experience what others seem so effortlessly to enjoy. In this eloquently argued, psychologically informed book, Mari Ruti portrays love as a much more complex, multifaceted phenomenon than we tend to appreciate--an experience that helps (...)
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    Why Some Things Matter More than Others: A Lacanian Explanation.Mari Ruti - 2016 - Constellations 23 (2):201-211.
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    Why there is always a future in the future.Mari Ruti - 2008 - Angelaki 13 (1):113 – 126.
    Lee Edelman's controversial book No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive represents the most recent articulation of the so-called “antisocial thesis” in queer theory. This thesis–which emerges...
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