‘Sex and the Failed Absolute’ by Slavoj Žižek

Published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2019. Download link updated 20. June 2021.

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Sex and the Failed Absolute provides nothing short of a new definition of dialectical materialism. Radical new readings of Kant and Hegel sit side by side with lively commentaries on film, politics and culture. And in forging this new materialism, Žižek doesn’t shy away from taking on and analyzing important recent philosophies such as the work of Alain Badiou, Robert Brandom, Quentin Meillassoux and everything from popular science and quantum mechanics to sexual difference and analytic philosophy. The book also clarifies Žižek’s relation to Jacques Lacan while also giving an extensive view of his interpretation of Lacan’s difficult oeuvre. This is Žižek’s most rigorous articulation of his philosophical system up to this point.

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