Chapter 1: Introduction: thinking, writing and reading about the real.
Chapter 2: Dialectic and the real: Lacan, Hegel, and the alchemy of après-coup.
Chapter 3: ‘Reality’ and the real: culture as anamorphosis:.
Chapter 4: The real of sexual difference: imagining, thinking, being.
Chapter 5: Ethics and the real: the ungodly virtues of psychoanalysis.
Chapter 6: Politics, or, the art of the impossible.
Glossary of Žižekian terms.
Sean Homer, Gramma
- The powerful and explosive writings of Zizek, the most significant interdisciplinary thinker of modern times, are here presented and evaluated for the first time.
- Žižek’s thought revolves around ‘the real’, an elusive concept in Lacanian psychoanalysis; he refines and tests this concept against key philosophical thinkers from Descartes to Derrida, especially Hegel.
- Kay outlines the development of Zizek's thought, and explains his key premises, themes, and terms.
- Kay goes on to demonstrate that the decisive orientation of Žižek’s thought is ultimately political - he uses psychoanalysis and philosophy not just to understand the world, but also in order to change it.