The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology

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Slavoj Žižek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the “Elvis of cultural theory”, and today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes—all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. His recent films The Pervert’s Guide to the Cinema and Žižek! reveal a ...

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Overview

Slavoj Žižek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the “Elvis of cultural theory”, and today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes—all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. His recent films The Pervert’s Guide to the Cinema and Žižek! reveal a theorist at the peak of his powers and a skilled communicator. Now Verso is making his classic titles, each of which stand as a core of his ever-expanding life’s work, available as new editions. Each is beautifully re-packaged, including new introductions from Žižek himself. Simply put, they are the essential texts for understanding Žižek’s thought and thus cornerstones of contemporary philosophy.

The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology: A specter is haunting Western thought, the specter of the Cartesian subject. In this book Slavoj Žižek unearths a subversive core to this elusive specter, and finds within it the indispensable philosophical point of reference for any genuinely emancipatory project.

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“The Elvis of cultural theory.”—Chronicle of Higher Education

“The giant of Ljubljana provides the best intellectual high since Anti-Oedipus.”—The Village Voice

“The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in many decades.”—Terry Eagleton

“Unafraid of confrontation and with a near limitless grasp of pop symbolism”—The Times

“Žižek is a thinker who regards nothing as outside his field: the result is deeply interesting and provocative.”—Guardian

“Žižek is one of the few living writers to combine theoretical rigor with compulsive readability.”—Publishers Weekly

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

Lois McNay
Slavoj Zizek's argument is subtle, witty and impassioned, and this book—his fourteenth in nine years—confirms his status as one of the most innovative and exciting contemporary thinkers of the Left.
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844673018
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/5/2009
  • Series: The Essential Zizek
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 499
  • Sales rank: 545,584
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.60 (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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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Spectre Is Haunting Western Academia ... 1
Pt. I The 'Night of the World' 7
1 The Deadlock of Transcendental Imagination, or, Martin Heidegger as a Reader of Kant 9
2 The Hegelian Ticklish Subject 70
Pt. II The Split Universality 125
3 The Politics of Truth, or, Alain Badiou as a Reader of St. Paul 127
4 Political Subjectivization and Its Vicissitudes 171
Pt. III From Subjection to Subjective Destitution 245
5 Passionate (Dis)Attachments, or, Judith Butler as a Reader of Freud 247
6 Whither Oedipus? 313
Index 401
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