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

Published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.


This book is the first volume to bring together the most prominent scholars who work on Slavoj Žižek philosophy, examining and interrogating his understanding of dialectical materialism. It deserves to be thoroughly and systematically elaborated because it attempts to propose a new foundation for dialectical materialism.

Slavoj Žižek has been widely described as one of the most important and influential contemporary thinkers, philosophers, and cultural critics. However, despite the often critical attention and reviews his work garners in scholarly journal articles and books, systematic philosophical engagements with Žižek’s thought remain a surprisingly rare phenomenon. Counteracting this dearth of substantive interaction, the contributors to this volume engage with crucial and fundamental aspects of Žižek’s thought.

The book follows a Hegelian motivation that is itself dear to Žižek, tracing the concept of dialectical materialism in his more recent work. It takes as its concrete starting point the most current, systematic elaborations of Žižek’s thought, namely Absolute Recoil: Towards A New Foundation Of Dialectical Materialism as well as his magnum opus Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. The contributors provide concrete elaborations of arguments developed within these two works, giving voice to their universal implications. 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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