‘Žižek and Theology’ by Adam Kotsko

Published by T&T Clark in 2008. Download link updated on 25. June 2021.


As the public visibility of the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek increases, so too does the depth of his engagement with Christian theology. His recent work includes extended treatments of key Christian thinkers from St. Paul, Blaise Pascal, Søren Kierkegaard to G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, while Christology and other theological themes have provided crucial points of reference. Žižek has even said that “to become a true dialectical materialist, one should go through the Christian experience.”

But his work on Christianity often overwhelms students of theology. To be sure, his style of argumentation is unusual and his concepts are complex. But the more basic problem is that his work on Christianity is a further development of a broader intellectual project established in many volumes produced in the course of the 1990s.

This book will bring students of theology up to speed on this broader intellectual project, with an eye toward what brings Žižek to an explicit engagement with Christianity and how both his earlier and more recent works are relevant for theological reflection.

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