The very first book dedicated to Slavoj Zizek’s theoretical treatment of law, this book gathers widely recognized Zizek scholars as well as legal theorists to offer a sustained analysis of the place of law in Zizek’s work. Whether it is with reference to symbolic law, psychoanalytical law, religious law, positive law, human rights, to Lacan’s, Hegel’s, or Kant’s philosophies of law, or even to Jewish or Buddhist law, Zizek returns again and again to law. And what his work offers, this volume demonstrates, is a radically new approach to law, and a rethinking of its role within the framework of radical politics. With the help of Zizek himself – who here, and for the first time, directly engages with the topic of law – this collection provides an authoritative account of ‘Zizek and law’. It will be invaluable resource for researchers and students in the fields of law, legal theory, legal philosophy, political theory, psychoanalysis, theology, and cultural studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Laurent de Sutter, Part I: Law’s Obscenity 1. Maria Aristodemou, ‘The Pervert’s Guide To The Law: Clinical Vignettes from Breaking Bad to Breaking Free’, 2. Adam Kotsko, ‘Unplugging the Subject of Law: The Radical Judaism of Zizek's Paul’ , 3. Molly Anne Rothenberg, ‘Changing the Subject: Rights, Revolution, and Capitalist Discourse’, 4. Chris McMillan, ‘Changing Fantasies: Zizek and the Limits of Democracy’, 5. Fabio Vighi, ‘The Ambiguous Remainder: Contemporary Capitalism and the Becoming Law of the Symptom’, Intermission 6. Dan Hassler-Forest, ‘Superheroes and the Law: Batman, Superman, and the ‘Big Other’’, Part II: Hegel and Consequences 7. Adrian Johnston, ‘Bartleby by Nature: German Idealism, Biology, and the Žižekian Compatibilism of Less Than Nothing’, 8. Frank Ruda, ‘What Is To Be Judged? On Infinitely Infinite Judgments and Their Consequences’, 9. Jeanne L. Schroeder, ‘The Legal Imaginary and the Real of Rights’, 10. Laurent de Sutter, ‘Afterword to Transgression’, 11. Anne Bottomley & Nathan Moore, ‘Sonorous Law II: The Refrain’, Postscript by Slavoj Zizek: ‘’The Rule of Law between Obscenity and the Right to Distress’
Laurent de Sutter is based at Vrije University, Netherlands