By Slavoj Zizek, Rex Butler, Scott Stephens
Interrogating the Real is the 1st quantity of the gathered writings of Slavoj Žižek - certainly one of many world's major modern cultural commentators, and the most inspiring, provocative and exciting cultural critics at paintings this present day. Drawing upon the whole diversity of his prolific output, the articles the following hide psychoanalysis, philosophy and pop culture, reflecting the striking breadth and intensity of Žižek's curiosity in politics, tradition and philosophy, and in addition showcasing his exciting type. a whole and transparent feel of Žižekian philosophy emerges, derived from Hegelian dialectics, Marxist politics and Lacanian psychoanalysis. even as, Žižek's witty and obtainable method of his topic and his selection of exemplars from popular culture make sure that it is a always clean and extraordinary physique of labor.
The ebook features a new preface by means of Žižek himself, in addition to an advent via the editors and a useful thesaurus for these coming to Žižek's paintings for the 1st time.
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36–9 [eds]. 1 Žižek is referring here to the particular Yugoslavian variant of Communism, which was characterized not by direct repression but by the ‘repressive toleration’ of the Party already criticizing itself. See on this the interview with Žižek and Renata Salecl, ‘Lacan in Slovenia’, Radical Philosophy 58, Summer 1991, pp. 25–31 [eds]. 2 Claude Lefort, L’Invention démocratique: Les limites de la domination totalitaire, Paris, Librarie Arthème Fayard, 1981 [eds]. 3 See Jacques Lacan, ‘The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire’, in Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English, trans.
L How is the core of your group organized? SŽ The structure is triple, like any good hierarchy: one part, the inner circle, the ‘purest of the pure’ [les ‘purs et durs’], those who are capable of writing books, the ‘true’ Lacanians – around ten people; next, twenty or so people of diverse education who belong to the Lacanian orientation; finally, the mostly indifferent multitude whose orientation is basically pro-Lacanian. To give you some idea of what our activity represents in a small town of 250,000 like Ljubljana, this year, at the Department of Philosophy, I delivered a course each week in which I expounded, chapter by chapter, Lacan’s Seminar XX to around 250 people.
In a kind of abyssal self-reflection – and here we return to the origins of philosophy – Žižek’s work constitutes an endless enquiry into its own discursive conditions. It takes up and makes something of the ‘imbecilic’ medium that comprises its readers, the cultural context, and even Žižek himself. It is in this way, finally, that his work is not to be divided into its concepts and examples. The crucial point is not simply that concepts can only be grasped through their examples, but that the only proper philosophical concepts are those that take into account their own conditions of transmissibility, the always transferential relations in which thought finds itself.