Žižek : A Guide for the Perplexed by Sean Sheehan

By Sean Sheehan

Some of the most widely-read thinkers writing this day, Slavoj Žižek's paintings might be either exciting and puzzling in equivalent degree. Žižek: A advisor for the confused is the main updated consultant to be had for readers suffering to grasp the tips of this highly influential philosopher. Unpacking the philosophical references that fill Žižek's writings, the ebook explores his impacts, together with Lacan, Kant, Hegel and Marx. From there, a bankruptcy on 'Reading Žižek' courses the reader throughout the ways in which he applies those middle theoretical suggestions in key texts like Tarrying With the damaging, The Ticklish topic and The Parrallax View and in his books approximately pop culture like having a look Awry and revel in Your Symptom! significant secondary writings and flicks that includes Žižek also are lined.

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In the psychoanalytic world of the infant, the mother becomes its Thing when her attention is periodically withdrawn, when, for example, she attends to her own bodily needs and is not immediately available to satisfy corporeal needs or deeper demands. As Thing, the mother is the inaugural cause of a desire that cannot be met and an object that cannot be attained. The Thing stands in place of the Lacanian Real, as a threat sometimes of what there might be beyond the limits imposed by symbolization.

But a presence of the Real is also required to be there because without some part of it answering to our needs we would be lifeless, mere ciphers conducting exchanges at the symbolic level. 106 Both see the Other as wholly inaccessible but for Levinas the encounter with the face of the Other brings forth an awareness of vulnerability and a non-reciprocal call of responsibility for their plight. This non-voluntary call, an ethical epiphany, accesses the absolute alterity of the Other, it is an infinite responsibility defining subjectivity and preceding any ontological category.

Important aspects of Žižek’s thought develop through his continuing engagement with the nature of the Real and the concept serves as his compass but with the needle sometimes hovering as if it wants to point in different directions at the same time. This is not the result of an error in intellectual orientation but something that arises immanently, a necessary ambivalence that attaches itself to the nature of the Real. Žižek is less charitable towards himself and admits to the need for a revised account of the term; a development that is partially signalled in what 24 LACAN AND ŽIŽEK follows by referring sometimes to an ‘early’ Žižek, as opposed to his later, recalibrated accounts of the Real.

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