Francis Bacon: Painting, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis

New and edited by Ben Ware, Director CPVA Philosophy|Arts.

We are delighted to announce that in October Thames & Hudson will publish Francis Bacon: Painting, Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, edited by Ben Ware. This text goes beyond established readings of Bacon with a groundbreaking collection of essays by some of today’s most prominent philosophers and psychoanalytic critics:

Ben Ware’s new book
  • Bacon’s Cynegetic Vision – Howard Caygill, Professor of Modern European Philosophy in the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University
  • Scratching the Surface: Distance and Intimacy in Study of Henrietta Moraes Laughing – Gregg Horowitz, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Revisiting the Mirror Phase – Darian Leader, Psychoanalyst and Member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research and of the College of Psychoanalysts
  • From Deconstruction to Plasticity: Morphing Francis Bacon – Catherine Malabou, Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University
  • From Sense to Sensation: Bacon, Pasting Paint and the Futility of Lacanian Psychoanalysis – Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University, and Former Chair of the Freud Museum
  • The Imposture of the Self Portrait – Renata Salecl, Professor of Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Law at Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Looking the Negative in the Face: Modernist Painting after Affect – Ben Ware, Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts, King’s College, London
  • Bacon and the Art of Objective Humour – Alenka Zupancic, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy, Slovene Academy of Sciences

Bacon’s work is brought into dialogue with a range of figures, including Hegel, Kant, Freud, Lacan, Heidegger and Deleuze and is situated in the broader cultural contexts of modernism and modernity. 

Lies, Damned Lies and Post-Truth

Sun 22 September: 10:30am |Venue: Arena |Event [75] | Kenwood House,
Debates & Talks

Host: Joanna Kavenna.

Panel: Steve Fuller, Sacha Golob, Peter Pomerantsev, Asa Wikforss.

Tickets: How the Light Gets In


It seemed that we had all got used to the idea that rather than a single definitive truth there are a multiplicity of competing and alternative perspectives. Now with the rise of ‘fake news’ and publicising of blatant lies, we want to reassert the importance of accuracy and truth. Can we call out lies and deception while still allowing for radically different ways of seeing? Is there a difference between truth within a perspective and truth that extends to all perspectives? Or should we simply conclude that postmodernism and relativism were a dangerous mistake?

Author of Post Truth Steve Fuller, theoretical philosopher Åsa Wikforss, continental philosopher Sacha Golob and former Moscow journalist and author of This is Not Propaganda Peter Pomerantsev ask whether anybody has a monopoly on truth.