This paper represents an attempt at identifying a lack (of a lack) in analytic philosophy. It claims that one of the central features common to a variety of analytic philosophies is the absence of an investigation of what Jacques Lacan has identified as the lack of being (manque à être). This lacking lack is investigated through what could be termed a Lacanian intervention into one of the finest (relatively) recent products of the analytic tradition, Robert Brandom's Making It Explicit. The aim of the intervention is twofold: Firstly, to identify some of the (maybe surprising) similarities between Brandom and the Lacanian tradition. Secondly, to identify the lacking lack within analytic philosophy by focusing on what Brandom (‘explicitly') doesn't say - and argue that what is thus usually passed over in silence in the analytic tradition contains a perspective of fundamental significance to understanding humans and their societies.
Philosophy and Social Criticism, 2008, Vol 34, Issue 5, p. 537-555
Analytisk filosofi, Brandom, mangel, psykoanalyse, Lacan, den slovenske skole; Analytic philosophy, Brandom, lack, psychoanalysis, Lacan, The Slovenian School.