New PDF release: Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction

By Ian Parker

ISBN-10: 0745320716

ISBN-13: 9780745320717

ISBN-10: 0745320724

ISBN-13: 9780745320724

ISBN-10: 1435661966

ISBN-13: 9781435661967

Since the book of his first publication in English in 1989, Slavoj Zizek has quick develop into the most generally learn and contentious intellectuals alive at the present time. With stunning wit and large creativity he has produced leading edge and hard explorations of Lacan, Hegel and Marx, and used his insights to exhilarating impact in analyses of pop culture. whereas Zizek is usually enticing, he's additionally elusive or even contradictory. it may be very difficult to eventually confirm the place he stands on a selected factor. Is Zizek Marxist or Post-Marxist? How heavily may still we take his contemporary flip to Christianity? Slavoj Zizek: A serious creation indicates the reader a transparent course throughout the twists and turns of Zizek's writings. Ian Parker takes Zizek's therapy of Hegel, Lacan and Marx in flip and descriptions and assesses Zizek's interpretation and extension of those thinkers' theories. whereas Parker isn't swiftly dismissive of Zizek's suggestions, he is still severe all through, conscious that the strength of Zizek's writing could be bewitching and beguiling in addition to enticing and profound.

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37 In contrast, Zizek’s reading of Hegel retrieves the two dialectically interrelated aspects of human activity and experience. As we have already noted, for Zizek the role of the ‘critical intellectual’ is to keep things open, not to close up gaps. The master–slave dialectic could be read as an anthropological fairy-tale and reduced to the story of self-consciousness in each individual subject, and the dialectical unfolding of spirit in history could be read as an account of the development of civilisation and of the progressive achievement of human community.

In this light, Derrida’s deconstruc- Parker 01 intro 1/29/04 12:32 PM Page 39 ENLIGHTENMENT – WITH HEGEL 39 tion is not as radical as it seems, for it repeats the moves of mainstream philosophy, and respect for the otherness of the other seems condemned to repeat quite traditional forms of religious argument. We will see how Zizek uses old Hegel to open up a space between these two positions, between Derrida and Hegel. 12 The puzzle for some as to why Kojève referred to himself as a ‘Stalinist of the strictest obedience’13 was only to be cleared up many years later, after his death, when it transpired that he had actually been working then as a Soviet agent.

On the one hand, Zizek insists that the notion ‘theft of enjoyment’ does not only apply to the ‘backward’ Balkans but is also applicable to political processes exemplified by patterns of US ideology in the 1980s. In this respect, the clustering of ideological fantasy around our own special national ‘Thing’ that is felt to be under threat is portrayed as something that will explode into life – life as deathly hatred of others – whenever capitalism goes into crisis. One of the key features of capitalism, of course, is that it is always in ‘crisis’.

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