Repeating Žižek ([sic] Series)

Repeating Žižek ([sic] Series)

Language: English

Pages: 305

ISBN: 2:00304609

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Repeating Žižek offers a serious engagement with the ideas and propositions of philosopher Slavoj Žižek. Often subjecting Žižek's work to a Žižekian analysis, this volume's contributors consider the possibility (or impossibility) of formalizing Žižek's ideas into an identifiable philosophical system. They examine his interpretations of Hegel, Plato, and Lacan, outline his debates with Badiou, and evaluate the implications of his analysis of politics and capitalism upon Marxist thought. Other essays focus on Žižek's approach to Christianity and Islam, his "sloppy" method of reading texts, his relation to current developments in neurobiology, and his theorization of animals. The book ends with an afterword by Žižek in which he analyzes Shakespeare's and Beckett's plays in relation to the subject. The contributors do not reach a consensus on defining a Žižekian school of philosophy—perhaps his idiosyncratic and often heterogeneous ideas simply resist synthesis—but even in their repetition of Žižek, they create something new and vital.Contributors. Henrik Jøker Bjerre, Bruno Bosteels, Agon Hamza, Brian Benjamin Hansen, Adrian Johnston, Katja Kolšek, Adam Kotsko, Catherine Malabou, Benjamin Noys, Geoff Pfeifer, Frank Ruda, Oxana Timofeeva, Samo Tomsic, Gabriel Tupinambá, Fabio Vighi, Gavin Walker, Sead Zimeri, Slavoj Žižek
















In Jacobi’s Pietist Protestant view, the systematization of the allegedly contradiction-­ridden Kantian philosophy—the post-­Kantian idealists at least agree with Jacobi that Kant indeed falls short of achieving thor­ oughly rigorous systematicity—inevitably must result, as with any ratio­ nally systematic philosophy on Jacobi’s assessment, in the very loss of what arguably is most dear to this philosophy itself in its contempora­ neity with both the Enlightenment and, later, the French

Žižek’s work is presented as the Real of the sexual difference. If the critique implies that the structuralist repetition of the Lacano-­Millerian suture does not imply movement, that it is a nondialectical repetition of the One, Žižek claims that Lacan’s “y’a de The Shift of the Gaze 93 l’un” is exactly the bar of the minimal difference and strictly correlative to the sexual difference as Lacan’s “il n’y a pas de rapport sexuel”: “the two sexual partners are never alone, since their activity

insofar as Lacan for him is in fact our contemporary Hegel: “Lacan, I said earlier, is our Hegel, that is, he presents the (idealist) dialectic of our time,” so that our task is to divide him: “like Hegel for Marx, Lacan for us is essential and divisible.” See Alain Badiou, Theory of the Subject, trans. with an introduction by Bruno Bosteels (London: Continuum, 2009), 132–33. 7 For an intellectual history of the original eighteenth-­century antiphilosophes, see 144 Bruno Bosteels 8 9

position before and after the foundation of his School—we need only take notice of the rather unorthodox presuppo­ sition implied in his argument: that the overlap that binds the clinic to the analytic community should not be the one between the practitioner in the clinic and the member of the Freudian society—a positive link— but should be between what simultaneously escapes the circuit of iden­ tifications in transference and the ego-­ideal in the institution. However, there is no such negative

Žižek, on­ tology ultimately is unavoidable, then, after Hegel’s negation of any noumenal Beyond as the transcendent subsistence of contradiction-­free, self-­consistent things-­in-­themselves, the contradiction-­ridden, inconsis­ tent realm of experience is all there is; with the unavoidability of the onto­ logical, the antinomy-­plagued not-­All of multiple teeming phenomena must itself be treated as the very Real of being qua being. For Hegel, epistemology without ontology is impossible. This

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