DescriptionArguably the most prolific and most widely read philosopher of our time, Slavoj Zizek has made indelible interventions into many disciplines of the so-called human sciences that have transformed the terms of discussion in these fields. Although his work has been the subject of many volumes of searching criticism and commentary, there is no assessment to date of the value of his work for the development of these disciplines. Zizek Now brings together distinguished critics to explore the utility and far-ranging implications of Zizek's thought and provide an evaluation of the difference his work makes or promises to make in their chosen fields. As such, the volume offers chapters on quantum physics and Zizek's transcendentalist materialist theory of the subject, Hegel's absolute, materialist Christianity, postcolonial violence, eco-politics, ceremonial acts, and the postcolonial revolutionary subject. Contributors to the volume include Adrian Johnston, Ian Parker, Todd McGowan, Bruno Bosteels, Erik Vogt, Verena Conley, Joshua Ramey, Jamil Khader, and Zizek himself.
Notes on Contributors ix
Introduction: ?i?ek Now or Never: Ideological Critique and the Nothingness of Being
Jamil Khader 3
1 ?i?ek’s Sublime Objects Now
Ian Parker 16
2 Hegel as Marxist: ?i?ek’s Revision of German Idealism
Todd McGowan 31
3 ?i?ek and Christianity: Or the Critique of Religion after Marx and Freud
Bruno Bosteels 54
4 Ceremonial Contingencies and the Ambiguous Rites of Freedom
Joshua Ramey 84
5 A Critique of Natural Economy: Quantum Physics with ?i?ek
Adrian Johnston 103
6 Slavoj ?i?ek’s Eco-Chic
Verena Andermatt Conley 121
7 ?i?ek and Fanon: On Violence and Related Matters
Erik Vogt 140
8 ?i?ek’s Infi delity: Lenin, the National Question, and the Postcolonial Legacy of Revolutionary Internationalism
Jamil Khader 159
9 King, Rabble, Sex, and War in Hegel
Slavoj ?i?ek 177
""When reading some of iek’s more theoretical texts, we often feel that we understand his argument – well illustrated as it is through jokes and references to popular culture – but that there remains something that we feel unable to grasp (perhaps something ‘in iek more than himself’). This is the gap filled by iek Now : a near-comprehensive road map to iek’s more challenging and fascinating ideas""
Information, Communication & Society
""Though the iek-critique machine has by now begun to compete, in vigor and volume of output, with the iek-machine itself, this collection of essays, devoted to one of the foremost philosophers of our era, still stands out as exemplary. The various essays demonstrate deep appreciation and knowledge of the ever-expanding iek oeuvre and articulate strong, original interpretations of its development and repetitions.""
Joan Copjec,University of Buffalo
""The wide-ranging scope and impressive eclecticism of this collection captures the dazzling spirit and dizzying letter of its topic: iek Now carries the innovative character and challenging symptoms of Slavoj iek’s theoretical achievement and political provocation. iek Now offers a valuable commentary on what is best in Slavoj's thought.""
Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck University of London
""Zizek Now will undoubtedly become a key text, not only for students who aim to politicize their socio-political and cultural engagement but also for any individuals wishing to orientate themselves in relation to the diverse but interdependent strands of Zizek's output.""
Tim Brennan, University of Sunderland
- The first assessment of the utility and far-reaching implications of Zizek’s work in the disciplines of the so-called human sciences
- Well-known scholars analyse the difference Zizek’s work makes or has the potential to make in their chosen field
- he volume offers chapters on topics as varied as quantum physics and Zizek's transcendentalist materialist theory of the subject, Hegel's absolute, materialist Christianity, postcolonial violence, and eco-politics
- Contributors to the volume include Adrian Johnston, Todd McGowan, Bruno Bosteels, Erik Vogt, Verena Conley, Joshua Ramey, Jamil Khader, and Zizek himself