In Slavoj Žižek and Michel Foucault, this book brings together two of the most intriguing intellectuals of the last half-century, whose influence on contemporary critical theory is immense. Today few conferences in the humanities and social sciences can do without a touch of Foucault. Indeed, his thoughts on discourse, knowledge and power have passed into common sense to an extent comparable to the widespread literacy in Marxist and psychoanalytic idioms. If in the wake of his 1966 best-seller The Order of Things Foucault rose to the status of an intellectual pop star, Žižek can now lay claim to this title too. Since The Sublime Object of Ideology in 1989, he has attracted an ever-growing readership across a vast range of disciplines.