The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan

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What do we know about Hegel? What do we know about Marx? What do weknow about democracy and totalitarianism? Communism andpsychoanalysis? What do we know that isn't a platitude that we'veheard a thousand times - or a self-satisfied certainty? Through hisbrilliant reading of Hegel, Slavoj Zizek - one of the mostprovocative and widely-read thinkers of our time - upends ourtraditional understanding, dynamites every clich? andundermines every conviction in order to clear the ground ...

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Overview

What do we know about Hegel? What do we know about Marx? What do weknow about democracy and totalitarianism? Communism andpsychoanalysis? What do we know that isn't a platitude that we'veheard a thousand times - or a self-satisfied certainty? Through hisbrilliant reading of Hegel, Slavoj Zizek - one of the mostprovocative and widely-read thinkers of our time - upends ourtraditional understanding, dynamites every cliché andundermines every conviction in order to clear the ground for newways of answering these questions.

When Lacan described Hegel as the ‘most sublimehysteric’, he was referring to the way that the hysteric asksquestions because he experiences his own desire as if it were theOther's desire. In the dialectical process, the question asked ofthe Other is resolved through a reflexive turn in which thequestion begins to function as its own answer. We had made Hegelinto the theorist of abstraction and reaction, but by reading Hegelwith Lacan, Zizek unveils a Hegel of the concrete and of revolution- his own, and the one to come.

This early and dazzlingly original work by Zizek offers a uniqueinsight into the ideas which have since become hallmarks of hismature thought. It will be of great interest to anyone interestedin critical theory, philosophy and contemporary social thought.

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"Zizek’s playful writing style presents the reader withapposite and amusing examples, from Franz Kafka to Jane Austen,which clarify and enliven his arguments. Zizek’s book burstswith reflection, observation, wit and raw iconoclastic conclusions.Zizek’s magnetic style and radical ideas are a welcome andinspiring breath of fresh air. It is possible that throughrevealing how we make sense of our past The Most SublimeHysteric may help us to cultivate a better future."
Morning Star

"The Most Sublime Hysteric clearly outlines the logic at the basisof the thought of the most important philosopher of our time. Withcare and precision, Zizek conjoins Hegel and Lacan, building thecomponents of his own unique and powerful philosophical system.This long-awaited translation of Zizek's doctoral dissertationprovides a valuable new point of entry to his work, appropriate forexperts and newcomers alike."
Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

"Slavoj Zizek’s doctoral thesis on Hegel, Lacan, and theimpasses of post-Hegelianism is as fresh today as it was in 1982.Written with his characteristic wit and exceptional lucidity, thisbook will clarify the foundational ideas of one of the greatestthinkers of our time."
Kenneth Reinhard, University of California, Los Angeles

"What a fascinating document it is."
Irish Left Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745663753
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/25/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 794,076
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Impossible Absolute Knowledge 1

Book I: Hegel with Lacan 7

1. “The Formal Aspect”: Reason versus Understanding9

2. The Retroactive Performative, or How the Necessary Emergesfrom the Contingent 21

3. The Dialectic as Logic of the Signifier (1): The One ofSelf-Reference 35

4. The Dialectic as Logic of the Signifier (2): The Real of the“Triad” 54

5. Das Ungeschehenmachen: How is Lacan a Hegelian? 70

6. The “Cunning of Reason,” or the True Nature ofthe Hegelian Teleology 83

7. “The Suprasensible is the Phenomenon asPhenomenon,” or How Hegel Goes Beyond the KantianThing-in-Itself 97

8. Two Hegelian Witz, Which Help Us Understand Why AbsoluteKnowledge Is Divisive 105

Book II: Post-Hegelian Impasses 125

9. The Secret of the Commodity Form: Why is Marx the Inventor ofthe Symptom? 127

10. Ideology Between the Dream and the Phantasy: A First Attemptat Defining “Totalitarianism” 146

11. Divine Psychosis, Political Psychosis: A Second Attempt atDefining “Totalitarianism” 156

12. Between Two Deaths: Third, and Final, Attempt at Defining“Totalitarianism” 175

13. The Quilting Point of Ideology: Or Why Lacan is Not a“Poststructuralist” 195

14. Naming and Contingency: Hegel and

Analytic Philosophy 209

References 230

Index 236

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