Between Schelling and Marx: The Hegel of Slavoj Žižek

A Review of Less than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Žižek

Giorgio Cesarale

Slavoj Žižek, Less than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism , London: Verso, 2012 In many intellectual circles it has become customary to lament the ‘obsession’ of Western Marxism with ‘method’, with the separation of the programmatic and formal determinations of theory

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Tere Vadén

Why did Martin Heidegger, the giant of continental philosophy, believe in 1933 that Hitler is the future of Europe? And why does Slavoj Žižek, “the most dangerous philosopher in the West”, support Heidegger’s right wing militancy?
Heidegger and Žižek are not only erudite thinkers on human being but also incorrigible revolutionaries who even after the catastrophic failures of their favourite revolutions—the October revolution for Žižek and the National Socialist revolution for Heidegger—want to overcome capitalism; undemocratically, if necessary. The two share a spirited and sophisticated rejection of the liberalist worldview and the social order based on it. The problem is not that liberalism is factually wrong, but rather that it is ethically bad. Both argue for building and educating a new collective based on human finitude and communality. In the tradition of the Enlightenment, Žižek advocates a universalist revolution, whereas Heidegger sees the transformation rooted in particular historical existence, inviting a bewildering array of mutually exclusive criticisms and apologies of his view. The crisis that Heidegger and Žižek want to address is still here, but their unquestioned Europocentrism sets a dark cloud over the whole idea of revolution.

Dean Dettloff

1 Introduction Known as the “Elvis of cultural theory,” as it appears on a variety of blurbs and dust jackets of his books, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek leaves no intellectual or cultural stone unturned. From engagements with neuroscience to book-length investigations of Alfred

Kirsten Dawson

narrate events of extreme violence, and the poetic dialogues are permeated with language of hostility and cruelty, much of it attributed to God. In order to explore how violence is presented and employed in the book, I adapt a framework for discussing violence from the work of Slavoj Žižek, in which he

Richard Bourne

rather patrician philanthropic gestures, but these are little more than a sop. In Slavoj Žižek’s terms, this would maintain “an ambiguous attitude of horror/envy with regard to the unspeakable pleasures in which sinners engage.” 32 Any such finger-wagging condescension produces the frisson of jouissance

Slavoj Zizek

Die Philosophie des Realen

Hyun Kang Kim

Hyun Kang Kim

Edited by Hyun Kang Kim

Esther Eidinow

Žižek and Robert Pfaller, building on Jacques Lacan’s work and that of Louis Althusser. Their ideas, although relating to another time and place in their formulation, may yet provide historians of ancient (Greek) religion with a provocative model for comprehending how sets of ideas, emerging from social

Evan Calder Williams

Review Articles / Historical Materialism 19.3 (2011) 157–175 157 Lenin Reloaded: Towards a Politics of Truth , edited by Sebastian Budgen, Stathis Kouvelakis and Slavoj Žižek, Durham, NC.: Duke University Press, 2007 Abstract This review looks back at Lenin Reloaded: Towards a Politics of Truth

Robin McCoy Brooks

. For Lacan, the neighbor is the real (Žižek & Daly, 2009 ). What breaks through banality holds the potential for a different kind of knowledge that Heidegger referred to (following Kant) as authentic or originary knowledge from which we may begin view ourselves, our neighbor and world from a more