‘Žižek: A (Very) Critical Introduction’ by Marcus Pound

Published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company in 2008.

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Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek is known for his brilliant tendency to weave together theology, psychoanalysis, and politics in a unique fashion to provide stunning commentary on contemporary culture. Assuming little prior knowledge of the controversial philosopher, Marcus Pound provides a general introduction – the first of its kind – to Slavoj Žižeks work as it relates specifically to theology and religious studies. Pound begins by exploring Slavojeks background in Lacan and German philosophy. That exploration is followed by a critical engagement of Slavoj Žižeks concept of God, the mechanics of belief, metaphysics of faith, the role of religious ideology, and why a political act must necessarily assume the form of a religious act. Finally Pound considers the impact of this philosophers work on currently theological thought concerning gift and sacrifice, gender and sexuality, and the politics of inter-religious debate. This introduction, though brief, nevertheless provides a comprehensive account of Slavoj Žižeks theological, political, and psychological lexicon. Pounds work here renders the contours of the philosophers project in clear, accessible terms, perfect for any student of philosophy.

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