Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology [NOOK Book]

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In the space of barely more than five years, with the publication of four pathbreaking books, Slavoj Zizek has earned the reputation of being one of the most arresting, insightful, and scandalous thinkers in recent memory. Perhaps more than any other single author, his writings have constituted the most compelling evidence available for recognizing Jacques Lacan as the preemient philosopher of our time.
In Tarrying with the Negative, Zizek challenges the contemporary critique of...
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Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology

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Overview

In the space of barely more than five years, with the publication of four pathbreaking books, Slavoj Zizek has earned the reputation of being one of the most arresting, insightful, and scandalous thinkers in recent memory. Perhaps more than any other single author, his writings have constituted the most compelling evidence available for recognizing Jacques Lacan as the preemient philosopher of our time.
In Tarrying with the Negative, Zizek challenges the contemporary critique of ideology, and in doing so opens the way for a new understanding of social conflict, particularly the recent outbursts of nationalism and ethnic struggle. Are we, Zizek asks, confined to a postmodern universe in which truth is reduced to the contingent effect of various discursive practices and where our subjectivity is dispersed through a multitude of ideological positions? No is his answer, and the way out is a return to philosophy. This revisit to German Idealism allows Zizek to recast the critique of ideology as a tool for disclosing the dynamic of our society, a crucial aspect of which is the debate over nationalism, particularly as it has developed in the Balkans—Zizek's home. He brings the debate over nationalism into the sphere of contemporary cultural politics, breaking the impasse centered on nationalisms simultaneously fascistic and anticolonial aspirations. Provocatively, Zizek argues that what drives nationalistic and ethnic antagonism is a collectively driven refusal of our own enjoyment.
Using examples from popular culture and high theory to illuminate each other--opera, film noir, capitalist universalism, religious and ethnic fundamentalism—this work testifies to the fact that, far more radically than the postmodern sophists, Kant and Hegel are our contemporaries.
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Zizek (social sciences, U. of Ljubljana, Slovenia) suggests how some of Kant and Hegel's ideas are appropriate to the modern world, under such headings as the void called subject, the dialectical nonsequitur, and the loop of enjoyment. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822381822
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/1993
  • Series: Post-Contemporary Interventions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 691 KB

Meet the Author

Slavoj Zizek is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is the author of numerous books, including The Sublime Object of Ideology and Enjoy Your Symptom!.

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Table of Contents


Contents

Introduction


I
COGITO: THE VOID CALLED SUBJECT

1
“I or He or It (the Thing) Which Thinks”

The Noir Subject


Out of Joint


From Kant to Hegel


The Nonequivalent Exchange


Money and Subjectivity


From Subject to Substance … and Back


The Subject as “Vanishing Mediator”


Limitation Precedes Transcendence


“Total Recall”: Knowledge in the Real



2
Cogito and the Sexual Difference

The Kantian Crack in the Universal


The Christian Sublime, or, the “Downward-Synthesis”


The “Formulae of Sexuation”


“I Am Not Where I Think”


Cogito as the Fantasy-gaze


“Self-consciousness Is an Object”


“I Doubt, Therefore I Am”


The Precipitous Identification




II
ERGO: THE DIALECTICAL NONSEQUITUR

3
On Radical Evil and Related Matters

“Kant with Bentham”


Fantasy and Reality


“A Hair of the Dog That Bit You”


The Radical Evil


There Are Pipes and Pipes


The Non-intersubjective Other


The Object of the Indefinite Judgment


Ate and Its Beyond


The Symbolic Beatitude



4
Hegel's “Logic of Essence” as a Theory of Ideology

The Principle of the Insufficient Ground


Identity, Difference, Contradiction


Form / Essence, Form/Matter, Form/Content


Formal, Real, Complete Ground


From “In-itself” to “For-itself”


Ground versus Conditions


The Tautological “Return of the Thing to Itself”


The “Absolute Unrest of Becoming”


Actuality of the Possible




III
SUM: THE LOOP OF ENJOYMENT

5
“The Wound Is Healed Only by the Spear That Smote You”

The Answer of the Real


Subjectivity and Grace


From Mozart to Wagner


“I Am Going to Talk to You about the Lamella”


The Wagnerian Performative


Beyond the Phallus


Safe-keeping God's Jouissance


The Perverse Loop



6
Enjoy Your Nation as Yourself!

The “Theft of Enjoyment”


Capitalism without Capitalism


The Blind Spot of Liberalism


Spinozism, or, the Ideology of Late Capitalism


Dreams of Nationalism, Explained by the Dream of Radical Evil


The Eastern European “Vanishing Mediators”


Collapse of the “Big Other”




Notes


Index

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