‘Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Materialism’ edited by Agon Hamza & Frank Ruda

Published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. Download link updated in 2021.


Bringing together the most prominent scholars who work on Slavoj Žižek’s philosophy, this volume examines and interrogates his understanding of dialectical materialism. Since he explicitly proposes a new foundation for this philosophical science as a whole, it surely deserves to be thoroughly and systematically elaborated in a closer look.

The book traces the concept of dialectical materialism in his more recent works and takes as its concrete starting point the systematic elaborations from the two main books explicitly dealing with the topic, Absolute Recoil and his magnum opus Less Than Nothing.

The book also features an afterword by Žižek himself, in which he critically examines the work of Levi Bryant as well as the tradition of object-oriented-ontology on the whole.


1. Introduction: The Absolute Revisited—Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Materialism by Agon Hamza and Frank Ruda
2. Materialism without Materialism: Slavoj Žižek and the Disappearance of Matter by Adrian Johnston
3. The Althusserian Battlegrounds by Robert Pfaller
4. The Necessity of an Absolute Misunderstanding: Why Hegel Has So Many Misreaders by Todd McGowan
5. From Hegel to Kant: The Thing-of-Itself German Idealism by Jan Voelker
6. Politics of Negativity in Slavoj Žižek: Actualizing Some Hegelian Themes by Vladimir Safatle
7. Dialectic at Its Impurest: Žižek’s Materialism of Less Than Nothing by Simon Hajdini
8. Natural Worlds, Historical Worlds, and Dialectical Materialism by Ed Pluth
9. Positing the Presuppositions—Dialectical Biology and the Minimal Structure of Life by Victor Marques
10. Transferential Materialism: Toward a Theory of Formal Otherness by Gabriel Tupinambá
11. Dialectical Materialism and the Dangers of Aristotelianism by Frank Ruda
12. Going to One’s Ground: Žižek’s Dialectical Materialism by Agon Hamza
13. Afterword: Objects, Objects Everywhere by Slavoj Žižek

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