Download PDF by Matthew Sharpe: Žižek and Politics: A Critical Introduction

By Matthew Sharpe

In Zizek and Politics, Geoff Boucher and Matthew Sharpe transcend typical introductions to spell out a brand new method of analyzing Zizek, person who could be hugely severe in addition to deeply appreciative. They convey that Zizek has a raft of primary positions that let his theoretical positions to be positioned to paintings on sensible difficulties. Explaining those positions with transparent examples, they define why Zizek's disagreement with thinkers corresponding to Derrida, Foucault and Deleuze has so significantly replaced how we predict approximately society. They then pass directly to music Zizek's personal highbrow improvement over the last 20 years, as he has grappled with theoretical difficulties and the political weather of the struggle on Terror. This e-book is a massive addition to the literature on Zizek and a vital serious advent to his thought.

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If political passions run hot, but subjects themselves cannot explain why, this is because ‘society as a Corporate Body is the fundamental ideological fantasy’ (SO 126). But in fantasy it is always the fault of the other group that social harmony is mysteriously prevented. Unsurprisingly, Žižek’s conception of human nature as centred on the death drive and political community as inherently riven by social antagonism shapes what he thinks is possible and desirable in politics. More surprisingly, he reaches two distinct conclusions on this matter.

But people knew that, behind the scenes, factional struggles raged, with different groups competing to capture power (SO 157–8). The strange thing was that official Yugoslav ideology effectively named the ruling bureaucracy itself as the final obstacle to be removed, if full socialist ‘self-management’ was to be achieved. In this situation, rational knowledge called for the replacement of the bureaucracy by popular sovereignty. But this very bureaucracy demanded that everybody conform in their actions to the latest official shift in the party line.

Philosophical Romanticism holds that human rationality is not the deepest or most characteristic human trait, and that – indeed – human rationality is always underlain and undermined by forces, affects or truths accessible only to artistic experience or religious faith. prompted Žižek to change tack, switching from the one horn of his dilemma to the other. The result is the dramatic difference in the theoretical, ethical and political conclusions that Žižek reached between 1989 and 1995, compared with those of 1996–2009.

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