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Zizek and Theology

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Slavoj Žižek has been called an "academic rock star." As public visibility of the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst increases, so too does the depth of his engagement with Christian theology. Žižek's recent work includes extended treatments of key Christian thinkers from Paul, Pascal, and Kierkegaard to G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, while Christology and other theological themes have provided crucial points of reference. Žižek has even said that "to become a true dialectical materialist, one should go ...

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Overview

Slavoj Žižek has been called an "academic rock star." As public visibility of the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst increases, so too does the depth of his engagement with Christian theology. Žižek's recent work includes extended treatments of key Christian thinkers from Paul, Pascal, and Kierkegaard to G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, while Christology and other theological themes have provided crucial points of reference. Žižek has even said that "to become a true dialectical materialist, one should go through the Christian experience."

But Žižek's work on Christianity often overwhelms students of theology. To be sure, Žižek's style of argumentation is unusual and his concepts are complex. But the more basic problem is that his work on Christianity is a further development of a broader intellectual project established in many volumes produced in the course of the 1990s. This book will bring students of theology up to speed on this broader intellectual project, with an eye toward what brings Žižek to an explicit engagement with Christianity and how both his earlier and more recent works are relevant for theological reflection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567032454
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/26/2008
  • Series: Philosophy and Theology Series
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Kotsko is Visiting Assistant Professorof Religions at Kalamazoo College (USA). His current research interests include 20th century European philosophy and early Christian thought.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Materialist Theology?
The Approach of This Book Hegel Lacan Marx

Chapter 1: Ideology Critique Ideology in Practice The Challenge of Cynicism Ideology and the big Other The Stumbling Block of the Real Keeping Enjoyment at Bay Liberal Democracy and Nationalism

Chapter 2: Subjectivity and Ethics The Real as Sexual Difference The "Vanishing Mediator"
Fantasy and the Big Other Diagnosing Ethics The Cure

Chapter 3: The Christian Experience Prefiguring the Theological Turn A Politics of Truth The Reign of Perversion Job and Judaism Cross and Collective Love Beyond the Law

Chapter 4: Dialectical Materialism, or The Philosophy of Freedom What is Dialectical Materialism?
Self-Consciousness as Short Circuit The Anti-Adaptive Animal Theological Materialism The Politics of Refusal, or, Waiting on the Holy Spirit

Chapter 5: Theological Responses An Inventory of Theological Themes Responses from Radical Orthodoxy Other Theological Responses
Žižek's "Method of Correlation"
Žižek and Tradition Religionless Christianity and the Death of God

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