On Belief / Edition 1

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Overview

What is the basis of belief in an era when globalization, multiculturalism and big business are the new religion? Slavoj Zizek, renowned philosopher and irrepressible cultural critic takes on all comers in this compelling and breathless new book.
From 'cyberspace reason' to the paradox that is 'Western Buddhism', On Belief gets behind the contours of the way we normally think about belief, in particular Judaism and Christianity. Holding up the so-called authenticity of religious belief to critical light, Zizek draws on psychoanalysis, film and philosophy to reveal in startling fashion that nothing could be worse for believers than their beliefs turning out to be true.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of International Studies
...one cannot avoid being affected by the power of his analysis, as well as by the passion which drives his work.
Network
An erudite tour of contemporary belief.
Spintech
...his call for 'unconditional ethical engagement' cannot be sounded loudly enough.
Times Literary Supplement
...an honest and admirable meditation on what belief may mean today.
Frank Kermode
This is clearly an important series. I look forward to reading future volumes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415255325
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Thinking in Action Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 696,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: From Christ to Lenin ... and Back 1
1 Against the Digital Heresy 6
Gnosticism? No, Thanks! 6
From the Thing to Objects a.. and Back 15
No Sex, Please, We're Digital! 33
The Antinomy of Cyberspace Reason 48
2 You Should Give a Shit! 56
The Anal Object 56
Sacrifice versus the Feminine Renunciation 68
The Real of the (Christian) Illusion 79
God Resides in Details 89
3 'Father, Why Did You Forsake Me?" 106
Faith Without Belief 109
The Leninist Freedom 113
Why the Jewish Iconoclasm? 127
Author, Subject, Executioner 137
No Mercy! 142
Notes 152
Index 166
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