‘Žižek: A Reader’s Guide’ by Jack Kelsey Wood

Published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2012. Download link updated on 25. June 2021.


This academic manual offers a comprehensive overview of Slavoj Žižek’s thought, including all of his published works (at least up to it’s publication in 2012) and attempts to provide a solid basis for engaging a thinker and teacher whose ideas will continue to inform philosophical, psychological, political, and cultural discourses well into the future.

While trying to identify the major currents in Žižek’s thought in general, it discusses all of his works and attempts to provide at least the basic background in continental philosophy and psychoanalytic theory necessary for its understanding. It also tries to elucidate Žižek’s growing apparent popularity through his engagements in current events, politics, and cultural studies.

The book is relevant to students of a variety of fields, including contemporary philosophy, psychology, cultural studies, sociology, political science, esthetics, literary theory, film theory, and theology.

John Kelsey Wood has taught philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, at Boston University, and at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Troubling Play:  Meaning and Entity in Plato’s Parmenides (2005), and Plato’s Later Dialectic and Continental Philosophy (forthcoming).

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