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Repeating  i ek

Repeating Zizek offers a serious engagement with the ideas and propositions of philosopher Slavoj Zizek. Often subjecting Zizek's work to a Zizekian analysis, this volume's contributors consider the possibility (or impossibility) of formalizing Zizek's ideas into an identifiable philosophical system. They examine his interpretations of Hegel, Plato, and Lacan, outline his debates with Badiou, and evaluate the implications of his analysis of politics and capitalism upon Marxist thought. Other essays focus on Zizek's approach to Christianity and Islam, his "sloppy" method of reading texts, his relation to current developments in neurobiology, and his theorization of animals. The book ends with an afterword by Zizek in which he analyzes Shakespeare's and Beckett's plays in relation to the subject. The contributors do not reach a consensus on defining a Zizekian school of philosophy-perhaps his idiosyncratic and often heterogeneous ideas simply resist synthesis-but even in their repetition of Zizek, they create something new and vital. Contributors. Henrik Joker Bjerre, Bruno Bosteels, Agon Hamza, Brian Benjamin Hansen, Adrian Johnston, Katja Kolsek, Adam Kotsko, Catherine Malabou, Benjamin Noys, Geoff Pfeifer, Frank Ruda, Oxana Timofeeva, Samo Tomsic, Gabriel Tupinamba, Fabio Vighi, Gavin Walker, Sead Zimeri, Slavoj Zizek
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Acknowledgments ix Introduction: The Trouble with Zizek / Agon Hamza 1 Part I. Philosophy 1. "Freedom or System? Yes, Please!": How to Read Slavoj Zizek's Less Than Nothing-Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism / Adrian Johnston 7 2. How to Repeat Plato?: For a Platonism of the Non-All / Frank Ruda 43 3. Materialism between Critique and Speculation / Samo Tomsic 58 4. Zizek's Reading Machine / Benjamin Noys 72 5. The Shift of the Gaze in Zizek's Philosophical Writing / Katja Kolsek 84 6. The Two Cats: Zizek, Derrida, and Other Animals / Oxana Timofeeva 100 Part II. Psychoanalysis 7. "Father, Don't You See I'm Burning?": Zizek, Psychoanalysis, and the Apocalypse / Catherine Malabou 113 8. Enjoy Your Truth: Lacan as Vanishing Mediator between Badiou and Zizek / Bruno Bosteels 127 9. The Discourse of the Wild Analyst / Henrik Joker Bjerre and Brian Benjamin Hansen 146 10. "Vers un Significant Nouveau": Our Task after Lacan / Gabriel Tupinamba 159 11. Mourning or Melancholia? Collapse of Capitalism and Delusional Attachments / Fabio Vighi 180 Part III. Politics 12. Zizek with Marx: Outside in the Critique of Political Economy / Gavin Walker 195 13. Zizek as a Reader of Marx, Marx as a Reader of Zizek / Geoff Pfeifer 213 14. A Plea for Zizekian Politics / Agon Hamza 226 Part IV. Religion 15. The Problem of Christianity and Zizek's "Middle Period" / Adam Kotsko 243 16. Islam: How Could It Have Emerged After Christianity? / Sead Zimeri 256 Afterword. The Minimal Event: From Hystericization to Subjective Destitution / Slavoj Zizek 269 Contributors 287 Index 291

About the Author

Agon Hamza is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana, Slovenia. With Slavoj Zizek, he is the coauthor of From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo.


"[A] key contribution to contemporary critical thinking. . . . [T]his is required reading for those interested in understanding the value of Zizek's work as a philosopher." -- David S. Moon * Political Studies Review *

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