The Fragile Absolute: Or, Why is the Christian Legacy Worth Fighting for?

Overview

One of the signal features of our era is the re-emergence of the ‘sacred’ in all its different guises, from New Age paganism to the emerging religious sensitivity within cultural and political theory.

The wager of Žižek’s The Fragile Absolute – published here with a new preface by the author – is that Christianity and Marxism can fight together against the contemporary onslought of vapid spiritualism. The revolutionary core of the Christian ...

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Overview

One of the signal features of our era is the re-emergence of the ‘sacred’ in all its different guises, from New Age paganism to the emerging religious sensitivity within cultural and political theory.

The wager of Žižek’s The Fragile Absolute – published here with a new preface by the author – is that Christianity and Marxism can fight together against the contemporary onslought of vapid spiritualism. The revolutionary core of the Christian legacy is too precious to be left to the fundamentalists.

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Editorial Reviews

Guardian
“Righteously to battle the tsunami of postmodern spiritual mush, Zizek attempts a reconciliation between Marxism and Christianity, eccentrically (against Nietzsche) trying to recuperate St Paul for the radical Christian.”
The New Yorker
“Zizek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.”
Boston Book Review
“This is a subtle argument ... Zizek applies it with a broad brush to both contemporary society and popular culture.”
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“Righteously to battle the tsunami of postmodern spiritual mush, Žižek attempts a reconciliation between Marxism and Christianity, eccentrically (against Nietzsche) trying to recuperate St Paul for the radical Christian.”—Guardian

“Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.”—The New Yorker

“This is a subtle argument ... Žižek applies it with a broad brush to both contemporary society and popular culture.”—Boston Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844673025
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Series: The Essential Zizek
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 157
  • Sales rank: 962,353
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.

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