Slavoj Zizek is one of the most provocative and important thinkers writing in contemporary philosophy. This book is an engaged debate with Zizek. It contains a series of specially commissioned critical essays from an impressive collection of contributors covering the full extent of his oeuvre. Essays examine Zizek on cultural theory, film studies, ethics, political theory, social theory, Kant and Lacanian psychoanalysis. In the spirit of Zizek‘s own interventions, these essays critically interrogate his ideas, challenging him to respond directly which he does in an extended polemical reply that concludes the collection. This volume represents an exciting and important contribution to contemporary theoretical debate and adds significantly to the growing literature on Zizek.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: Traversing the Fantasy, Geoff Boucher and Matthew Sharpe. Part 1 Psychoanalysis: The politics of style in the works of Slavoj Zizek, Justin Clemens; The law as a thing: Zizek and the graph of desire, Geoff Boucher. Part 2 Culture: Flesh for fantasy: aesthetics, the fantasmatic, and film noir, Robert Miklitsch; Zizek and Deleuze, Ian Buchanan. Part 3 Ideology: What If God was one of us - Zizek's ontology, Robert Paul Resch; Where is your hamster? The concept of ideology in Zizek's cultural theory, Robert Pfaller. Part 4 Politics: 'Well-placed reflections': on woman as symptom of man, Sarah Herbold; What's left in Zizek? The antinomies of Zizek's sociopolitical reason, Matthew Sharpe. Part 5 Ethics: The lure of Antigone: Aporias of an ethics of the political, Yannis Stavrakakis; Absolute freedom and major structural change, Russell Grigg. Part 6 Philosophy: The eclipse of coincidence: Lacan, Merleau-Ponty and Zizek's misreading of Schelling, Peter Dews. Part 7 Reply: Concesso non Dato, Slavoj Zizek. Bibliography; Index.