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1st Edition

The Žižek Dictionary

Edited By

Rex Butler

ISBN 9781844655823
Published August 8, 2014 by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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

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


"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