The Truth of Zizek by Paul Bowman

By Paul Bowman

Slavoj Zizek is extensively considered as one of many world's most vital modern thinkers. His paintings has contributed dramatically to the reinvention and revivification of many key theoretical and political debates. certainly, his vociferous and tough 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 severe evaluate demanded by means of this huge and more and more influential corpus. This well timed and compelling choice of essays from a global group of prime Zizekian students addresses the total diversity of Zizek's theoretical interventions, assessing significantly the political, philosophical, psychoanalytical, cultural and institutional stakes of his paintings. each one bankruptcy engages with and demanding situations Zizek's proposal to explicate a key element of his paintings, clarifying its significance and tough its claims via rigorous critique. by means of targeting Zizek's contributions to those disciplines, fields and debates, this assortment units out to diagnose and investigate 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 evaluate of the numerous impression of Zizek's paintings. This compelling and invaluable selection of essays from innovative students choices up the gauntlet thrown down by way of Zizek: the call for that his readers reply with 'the coldness and cruelty of precise friendship.'

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Against this, rather than running with the multiculturalists, postmodernists or post-Marxists who might view the contemporary articulation of East and West as truly new, Zizek sees himself as remaining courageously faithful to the truth of Marxism (2001a: 33; 2002a: 308). Thus, he begins his argument about Western Buddhism and Taoism by finding a precedent in the work of Max Weber. For Weber, Zizek reminds us, Protestantism was a necessary ideology of industrial-stage capitalism. By the same token, proposes Zizek, Taoism, Buddhism and New Age mysticism are to be regarded as the necessary ideology of contemporary 'postmodern' capitalism.

We can fairly easily deconstruct any one of Zizek's complaints. To take the last one, Zizek conflates sexual harassment (unwanted sexual attention) with the impossible desire for a love object, a distance that can never be entirely subsumed and thus creates a space for the 20 LA BERGE THE WRITING CURE desire itself (sexual tension). Thus, there can be no sex without desire manifest as tension, but no sex without harassment? However, to deconstruct any one of his missives is already to miss the point of the demand and subsequently to gratify instead of to analyse Zizek.

But because Zizek has interpellated us, his readership, into his readership-as-analyst - that is, because the Other's desire is represented by the analyst and his analyst is his readership - we are now in a position to have to respond, and therefore to interpret his writing-as-transference. And now that we understand the process by which Zizek will be extricated from his dependence on his readership-as-analyst, we can approach his texts with some amount of specificity. What is Zizek's most basic transference demand, and is it progressive or resistant?

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