Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology / Edition 1

Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology / Edition 1

by Slavoj Zizek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822313952

ISBN-13: 9780822313953

Pub. Date: 10/19/1993

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In the space of barely more than five years, with the publication of four pathbreaking books, Slavoj Žižek 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

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In the space of barely more than five years, with the publication of four pathbreaking books, Slavoj Žižek 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, Žižek 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, Žižek 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 Žižek 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—Žižek'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, Žižek 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822313953
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/19/1993
Series:
Post-Contemporary Interventions
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
786,211
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I. Cogito: The Void Called Subject

1. "I or He or It (the Thing) Which Thinks" 9

2. Cogito and the Sexual Difference 45

II. Ergo: The Dialectical Nonsequitur

3. On Radical Evil and Related Matters 83

4. Hegel's "Logic of Essence" as a Theory of Ideology 125

III. Sum: The Loop of Enjoyment

5. "The Wound is Healed Only by the Spear That Smote You" 165

6. Enjoy Your National As Yourself? 200

Notes 239

Index 287

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