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The Žižek Dictionary

1st Edition

Edited by Rex Butler


320 pages

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Slavoj Žižek is the most popular and discussed philosopher in the world today. His prolific writings – across philosophy, psychoanalysis, political and social theory, film, music and religion – always engage and provoke. The power of his ideas, the breadth of his references, his capacity for playfulness and confrontation, his willingness to change his mind and his refusal fundamentally to alter his argument – all have worked to build an extraordinary international readership as well as to elicit much critical reaction. The Žižek Dictionary brings together leading Žižek commentators from across the world to present a companion and guide to Žižekian thought. Each of the 60 short essays examines a key term and, crucially, explores its development across Žižek’s work and how it fits in with other concepts and concerns. The dictionary will prove invaluable both to readers coming to Žižek for the first time and to those already embarked on the Žižekian journey.


"This is an extremely useful resource: the advantage of a "dictionary," or a concise encyclopedia, in this case, is that readers may hop around at will. For instance, one could begin with Žižek's entry on himself, found at the end of the book. This volume provides assistance to this approach by providing, at the end of each individual entry, recommendations for other entries…Overall…the quality of the offerings is uniformly high. This volume will appeal to a wide range of readers. Summing Up: Highly recommended." - D. W. Sullivan, Metropolitan State University of Denver, in CHOICE

Table of Contents

Introduction, Rex Butler 1. Act, Sheila Kunkle 2. Althusser, Geoffrey Pfeifer 3. Badiou, Lucy A. Bell 4. Biopolitics, Fabio Vighi 5. Bureaucracy, Eero Laine 6. Butler, Judith, Kristine Klement 7. Capitalism, Chris McMillan 8. Class/Antagonism, Ceren Özselçuk and Yahya Madra 9. Cognitivism/Neuroscience, Adrian Johnston 10. Communism, Matthew Flisfeder 11. Concrete Universality, Wendell Kisner 12. Deleuze, Emmanuelle Wessels 13. Democracy, Matthew Sharpe 13. Derrida, Andrea Hurst 14. Descartes, Jonathan Murphy 15. Desire/Drive, Henrik Jøker Bjerre 16. Ecology, Daniel Hourigan 17. Economics, Chris Cowley 18. Enjoyment, Glyn Daly 19. Ethics, James Penney 20. Fantasy, Adam Cottrel 21. Fetish/Fetishistic Disavowal, Paul Taylor 22. Four Discourses, Yen-Ying Lai 23. Freud, Tony Thwaites 24. Hegel, Robert Sinnerbrink 25. Heidegger, Thomas Brockelman 26. Historicism/Historicity, Kirk Boyle 27. Hitchcock, Laurence Simmons 28. Ideology, Geoff Boucher 29. Inherent Transgression, Christine Evans 30. Interpellation/Identification, Robert Pfaller 31. Jew, Gabriel Tupinambá 32. Judaism/Christianity, Frederick Depoortere 33. Kant, Kelsey Wood 34. Lacan, Sean Homer 35. Laclau/Hegemony, Jan de Vos 36. Law, Jodi Dean 37. Lenin, Paul Kellogg 38. Liberalism/Multiculturalism, Antonio Garcia 39. Lynch, David, Ravindran Gopalan 40. Marx, Min Yang 41. Master-Signifier, David Gunkel 42. Milbank, John, Adam Kotsko 43. Nazism/Stalinism, Yong Wang 44. Negativity, George Garcia 45. Objet petit a/Sublime Object, Christopher W. Haley 46. Other/Big Other, Cindy Zeiher 47. Parallax, George Elerick 48. Real, Symbolic, Imaginary, Duane Rousselle 49. Schelling, Joseph Carew 50. September 11, Marc Acherman 51. Sexual Difference/Formulae of Sexuation, Kirsten Hyldgaard 52. Speculative Realism, Carlos Gomez 53. Subject, Rex Butler 54. Symptom, Todd McGowan 55. Truth, Marc de Kesel 56. Theology, Marcus Pound 57. Unconscious, Daniel Bristow 58. Universal/Particular, Randall Terada 59. Vanishing Mediator, Ian Buchanan 60. Wagner, James Little 61. Yugoslavia/Nationalism, Katerina Kolozova 62. Žižek, Slavoj Žižek. Index

About the Editor

Rex Butler is Associate Professor and Lecturer in Art History at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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