‘Žižek’s Politics’ by Jodi Dean

Published by Routledge in 2012. Download link updated on 25. June 2021.

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A critical introduction to the political thought of Slavoj Žižek, perhaps one of the most important, original and enigmatic philosophers writing today. Many readers both inside and outside of the academy have been intrigued by both the man and his writing yet, given the density of his prose and the radical views he often espouses, they have struggled to get a handle on his basic positions.

He draws upon and makes continual reference to the challenging concepts of Immanuel Kant, Georg W. F. Hegel, Karl Marx, Jacques Lacan, and Alain Badiou, among others. His prose is dense and frenetic and his dialectical twists and turns seem to make it impossible to attribute to him any specific position.

Žižek’s Politics provides an original interpretation and defense of the Slovenian philosopher’s radical critique of liberalism, democracy, and global capital while attempting to synthesize Žižek’s myriad political writings into a systematic theory and put his theory into dialogue with key concepts and positions in contemporary political thought. A much needed critical introduction to the political thought of one of the world’s most widely known and eccentric thinkers.

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