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Most Sublime Hysteric - Hegel With Lacan

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What do we know about Hegel? What do we know about Marx? What do we know about democracy and totalitarianism? Communism and psychoanalysis? What do we know that isn't a platitude that we've heard a thousand times - or a self-satisfied certainty? Through his brilliant reading of Hegel, Slavoj Zizek - one of the most provocative and widely-read thinkers of our time - upends our traditional understanding, dynamites every cliché and undermines every conviction in order to clear the ground for new ways of answering these questions.When Lacan described Hegel as the 'most sublime hysteric', he was referring to the way that the hysteric asks questions because he experiences his own desire as if it were the Other's desire. In the dialectical process, the question asked of the Other is resolved through a reflexive turn in which the question begins to function as its own answer. We had made Hegel into the theorist of abstraction and reaction, but by reading Hegel with Lacan, Zizek unveils a Hegel of the concrete and of revolution - his own, and the one to come.This early and dazzlingly original work by Zizek offers a unique insight into the ideas which have since become hallmarks of his mature thought. It will be of great interest to anyone interested in critical theory, philosophy and contemporary social thought.

List of contents

Introduction: Impossible Absolute Knowledge 1Book I: Hegel with Lacan 71. "The Formal Aspect": Reason versus Understanding 92. The Retroactive Performative, or How the Necessary Emerges from the Contingent 213. The Dialectic as Logic of the Signifier (1): The One of Self-Reference 354. The Dialectic as Logic of the Signifier (2): The Real of the "Triad" 545. Das Ungeschehenmachen: How is Lacan a Hegelian? 706. The "Cunning of Reason," or the True Nature of the Hegelian Teleology 837. "The Suprasensible is the Phenomenon as Phenomenon," or How Hegel Goes Beyond the Kantian Thing-in-Itself 978. Two Hegelian Witz, Which Help Us Understand Why Absolute Knowledge Is Divisive 105Book II: Post-Hegelian Impasses 1259. The Secret of the Commodity Form: Why is Marx the Inventor of the Symptom? 12710. Ideology Between the Dream and the Phantasy: A First Attempt at Defining "Totalitarianism" 14611. Divine Psychosis, Political Psychosis: A Second Attempt at Defining "Totalitarianism" 15612. Between Two Deaths: Third, and Final, Attempt at Defining "Totalitarianism" 17513. The Quilting Point of Ideology: Or Why Lacan is Not a "Poststructuralist" 19514. Naming and Contingency: Hegel andAnalytic Philosophy 209References 230Index 236

About the author

Slavoj Zizek, geb. am 21. März 1949 in Ljubljana, Slowenien, wuchs auch dort auf. Er studierte Philosophie und Soziologie an der Universität in Ljubljana und Psychoanalyse an der Universität Paris VIII. Seit den achtziger Jahren hat er zahlreiche Gastprofessuren im Ausland inne, unter anderem an der Tulane University, New Orleans (1993), der Cardozo Law School, New York (1994), der Columbia University, New York (1995), in Princeton (1996) und an der New School for Social Research, New York (1997). Von 2000-02 leitete er eine Forschungsgruppe am kulturwissenschaftlichen Institut in Essen. Er war jahrelanger Herausgeber der Zeitschrift der slowenischen Lacan-Schule 'Wo Es war' und setzte sich unter anderem mit der Philosophie des Deutschen Idealismus, mit Hegel und mit Karl Marx auseinander, sowie mit zeitgenössischen Denkansätzen aus dem Bereich des Poststrukturalismus, der Medientheorie, des Feminismus und der Cultural Studies. Seine erste englischsprachige Buchveröffentlichung 'The Sublime Object of Ideology' erschien 1989. Zizek bemühte sich zunächst um eine lacanianische Lesart der Philosophie, der Populärkultur und in den letzten Jahren zunehmend der Politischen Theorie.

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* Slavoj Zizek is one of the most widely-read and controversial philosophers writing today.

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"Zizek's playful writing style presents the reader with apposite and amusing examples, from Franz Kafka to Jane Austen, which clarify and enliven his arguments. Zizek's book bursts with reflection, observation, wit and raw iconoclastic conclusions. Zizek's magnetic style and radical ideas are a welcome and inspiring breath of fresh air. It is possible that through revealing how we make sense of our past The Most Sublime Hysteric may help us to cultivate a better future."Morning Star"The Most Sublime Hysteric clearly outlines the logic at the basis of the thought of the most important philosopher of our time. With care and precision, Zizek conjoins Hegel and Lacan, building the components of his own unique and powerful philosophical system. This long-awaited translation of Zizek's doctoral dissertation provides a valuable new point of entry to his work, appropriate for experts and newcomers alike."Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges"Slavoj Zizek's doctoral thesis on Hegel, Lacan, and the impasses of post-Hegelianism is as fresh today as it was in 1982. Written with his characteristic wit and exceptional lucidity, this book will clarify the foundational ideas of one of the greatest thinkers of our time."Kenneth Reinhard, University of California, Los Angeles"What a fascinating document it is."Irish Left Review

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