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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    A must for Zizek fans

    Why did I want to read these essays written in response to, and shortly after, 9/11? Well, Zizek is always worth reading, and the book is inexpensive. Those are the simple answers. Zizek stimulates my thinking as few writers do. He stirs up everything, making me doubt where once I was certain, making me see where once I was blind. Zizek is at the cutting edge of philosophy, especially where it holds the promise of helping us penetrate the illusions of ideology to find what is truly real. He is at his most accessible when illustrating points with movies like The Matrix or 3:10 to Yuma or when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, I find him most difficult to grasp when he deals only in abstractions that I only partially understand, like the Lacanian concepts of The Big Other and jouissance. Anyone who already likes Zizek will want to read these essays. In addition, these essays are also historical documents that capture one thinker’s early responses to the events that shaped so much of what has happened since.

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