By Paul Bowman
Slavoj Zizek is commonly considered as one of many world's most crucial modern thinkers. His paintings has contributed dramatically to the reinvention and revivification of many key theoretical and political debates. certainly, his vociferous and difficult physique of labor quantities to a sustained, groundbreaking, terrainshifting and much attaining intervention right into a huge variety of educational disciplines, highbrow fields and cultural debates. The fact of Zizek addresses the rigorous serious overview demanded through this extensive and more and more influential corpus. This well timed and compelling choice of essays from a world crew of prime Zizekian students addresses the whole diversity of Zizek's theoretical interventions, assessing seriously the political, philosophical, psychoanalytical, cultural and institutional stakes of his paintings. every one bankruptcy engages with and demanding situations Zizek's idea to explicate a key point of his paintings, clarifying its value and difficult its claims via rigorous critique. through targeting Zizek's contributions to those disciplines, fields and debates, this assortment units out to diagnose and examine the emergence of a ' Zizekian second' inside of modern highbrow, cultural and political occasions. The fact of Zizek presents the 1st sustained engagement with and overview of the numerous impression of Zizek's paintings. This compelling and priceless choice of essays from innovative students alternatives up the gauntlet thrown down through Zizek: the call for that his readers reply with 'the coldness and cruelty of real friendship.'
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Once this interpretation has been offered in the service of his writing cure, it seems we should then rest with a classically modern response: analytic silence. NOTES 1 Thanks to Dehlia Hannah, Kristin Ross, Ann La Berge and Mary Poovey for their comments on an early version of this chapter. Thanks also to New York University's Marx Reading Group (Wol-san Leim, Michael Palm, Maggie Clinton, Quinn Slobodian, Steve Fletcher, Max Ward, Descha Daemgen and Osamu Nakano) for additional feedback. com for an updated, complete bibliography.
As Zizek formulates this: when 'you can no longer rely on the standard health insurance and retirement 31 THE TRUTH OF ZIZEK 'celebration' or resigned acceptance of unfixity, flow and nonclinging, is nothing but the problem itself in inverted form, masquerading as (if) the solution. It is an active misrecognition of a problem as (if) a solution, one that presumably, to Zizek's mind (although this is never really spelt out), facilitates the intensification of everyone's exploitation. The very high incidence of business-management or performativecapitalist titles in the list of books entitled The Tao of .
Taken together these dramatic refusals by Zizek reveal a symptom. Is his constant denigrating of political Others not the intellectual equivalent of the infamous analysand who cannot make progress in his analysis because he cannot quit complaining about the state of the analyst's office? 'If only your couch were more comfortable, then I might be able to free associate'. If only you had better magazines in your waiting room, then I wouldn't be so angry and disappointed'. What Zizek is essentially saying, pleading is: if only we did not have political correctness, then we might have a proper revolution.