The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity

The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity

by The MIT Press
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262740257

ISBN-13: 9780262740258

Pub. Date: 10/12/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

Slavoj Žižek has been called "an academic rock star" and "the wild man of theory"; his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties. In The Puppet and the Dwarf he offers a close reading of today's religious constellation from the viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He

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Slavoj Žižek has been called "an academic rock star" and "the wild man of theory"; his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties. In The Puppet and the Dwarf he offers a close reading of today's religious constellation from the viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He critically confronts both predominant versions of today's spirituality -- New Age gnosticism and deconstructionist-Levinasian Judaism -- and then tries to redeem the "materialist"
kernel of Christianity. His reading of Christianity is explicitly political,
discerning in the Pauline community of believers the first version of a revolutionary collective. Since today even advocates of Enlightenment like Jurgen
Habermas acknowledge that a religious vision is needed to ground our ethical and political stance in a "postsecular" age, this book -- with a stance that is clearly materialist and at the same time indebted to the core of the Christian legacy -- is certain to stir controversy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262740258
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/12/2003
Series:
Short Circuits
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
396,220
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Introduction: The Puppet Called Theology2
1When East Meets West12
2The "Thrilling Romance of Orthodoxy"34
3The Swerve of the Real58
4From Law to Love ... and Back92
5Subtraction, Jewish and Christian122
App.: Ideology Today144
Notes173

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