The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology

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A spectre is haunting Western academia, the spectre of the Cartesian subject. The Ticklish Subject confronts Deconstructionists and Habermasians, cognitive scientists and Heideggerians, feminists and New Age obscurantists by unearthing a subversive core to this elusive spectre, and by finding in this core the indispensable philosophical point of reference for any genuinely emancipatory politics.
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Overview

A spectre is haunting Western academia, the spectre of the Cartesian subject. The Ticklish Subject confronts Deconstructionists and Habermasians, cognitive scientists and Heideggerians, feminists and New Age obscurantists by unearthing a subversive core to this elusive spectre, and by finding in this core the indispensable philosophical point of reference for any genuinely emancipatory politics.
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Editorial Reviews

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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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859842911
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 6/17/2000
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.30 (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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