'Simply the best critical introduction to Zizek.' Yannis Stavrakakis, author of 'Lacan and the Political'
'This is not simply the best critical introduction to Zizek – in a much more radical sense, this is the only critical introduction to Zizek. Parker's study is much more than an important contribution to the ongoing debate: it redefines its very terms.' Yannis Stavrakakis, author of 'Lacan and the Political'
'A sharp, clear and radical analysis.' Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker, Professor of Psychoanalytic Theory and Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Since the publication of his first book in English in 1989, Slavoj Zizek has quickly become one of the most widely read and contentious intellectuals alive today. With dazzling wit and tremendous creativity he has produced innovative and challenging explorations of Lacan, Hegel and Marx, and used his insights to exhilarating effect in analyses of popular culture.
While Zizek is always engaging, he is also elusive and even contradictory. It can be very hard to finally determine where he stands on a particular issue. Is Zizek Marxist or Post-Marxist? How seriously should we take his recent turn to Christianity?
Zizek: A Critical Introduction shows the reader a clear path through the twists and turns of Zizek's writings. Ian Parker takes Zizek's treatment of Hegel, Lacan and Marx in turn and outlines and assesses Zizek's interpretation and extension of these thinkers' theories. While Parker is never hastily dismissive of Zizek's innovations, he remains critical throughout, aware that the energy of Zizek's writing can be bewitching and beguiling as well as engaging and profound.
Ian Parker is Professor of Management in the School of Management at the University of Leicester and President of the College of Psychoanalysts-UK. He is the author of Psychology and Society (Pluto, 1996), Slavoj Zizek: A Critical Introduction (Pluto, 2004) and Revolution in Psychology (Pluto, 2007).
'When I read Ian Parker's manuscript, I experienced an underlying solidarity: despite obvious differences, we share the same basic political concerns and visions. And this makes his critical remarks always pertinent!' - Slavoj Zizek
'This is not simply the best critical introduction to Zizek – in a much more radical sense, this is the only critical introduction to Zizek' - Yannis Stavrakakis, author of Lacan and the Political
'A sharp, clear and radical analysis of Zizek's works which is sustained by an acute combination of a close reading of Zizek as a Lacanian and an examination of his cultural context' - Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker, Professor of Psychoanalytic Theory and Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Introduction: something retroactive and some anticipation
Zizek’s sublime objects
Mapping this book
Some indivisible reminders
1. Yugoslavia – to Slovenia
The perfection of the state
Brotherhood and unity
The Slovene springs
2. Enlightenment – with Hegel
The thing with Hegel
3. Psychoanalysis – from Lacan
The disappearing subject
The object of analysis
Clinic of the world
4. Politics – repeating Marx
Against the rules of the game
Community and enmity
Did somebody say Marxism?
5. Culture – acting out
Zizek’s just desserts
Asymmetry: machine, object, application
The wrong man
Notes and references
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