Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

In the distance of slightly greater than 5 years, with the ebook of 4 pathbreaking books, Slavoj Žižek has earned the popularity of being some of the most arresting, insightful, and scandalous thinkers in contemporary reminiscence. maybe greater than the other unmarried writer, his writings have constituted the main compelling proof on hand for spotting Jacques Lacan because the preemient thinker of our time.

In Tarrying with the Negative, Žižek demanding situations the modern critique of ideology, and in doing so opens the way in which for a brand new figuring out of social clash, really the new outbursts of nationalism and ethnic fight. Are we, Žižek asks, limited to a postmodern universe during which fact is lowered to the contingent impression of assorted discursive practices and the place our subjectivity is dispersed via a mess of ideological positions? No is his resolution, and how out is a go back to philosophy. This revisit to German Idealism permits Žižek to recast the critique of ideology as a device for disclosing the dynamic of our society, an important point of that's the talk over nationalism, quite because it has constructed within the Balkans—Žižek's domestic. He brings the controversy over nationalism into the sector of up to date cultural politics, breaking the deadlock founded on nationalisms at the same time fascistic and anticolonial aspirations. Provocatively, Žižek argues that what drives nationalistic and ethnic antagonism is a jointly pushed refusal of our personal enjoyment.

Using examples from pop culture and excessive conception to light up every one other—opera, movie noir, capitalist universalism, non secular and ethnic fundamentalism—this paintings testifies to the truth that, way more notably than the postmodern sophists, Kant and Hegel are our contemporaries.

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