Slavoj Zizek

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Summary Slavoj Žižek (1949-) is a Slovenian Philosopher and cultural critic. He holds appointments at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and the European Graduate School (among others). He has published widely on many figures in the history of philosophy, psychoanalysis, and politics/political theory. In addition to this, he is also a widely read film and media critic. The primary orientation of his work can be found at the intersection of German Idealism (especially Hegel), Lacanian Psychoanalysis, and Marxism.  
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  1. Book Review on Slavoj Zizek’s Like a Thief in Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-human Capitalism. [REVIEW]RubenObrar Balotol Jr - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    Slavoj Žižek is an extremely interesting philosopher of our time who translated the philosophy of Hegel, Marx and the psychology of Lacan into a formidable scholarship and activism. Importantly, his philosophy participates in Alain Badiou’s conviction that the function of philosophy is to corrupt the youth, to alienate them from the hegemonic ideologico-political order, to spread radical doubts, and enable them to think unconventionally, boldly think dangerously.
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  2. Review of Marc James Léger’s Bernie Bros Gone Woke: Class, Identity, Neoliberalism. [REVIEW]Elias Khoury - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    This engaging book explores Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign, a radical movement that represented a diverse voter base. As such, it had to navigate the complexities of class, identity, and their interrelation. The thesis author Marc Léger seeks to defend is that the campaign ultimately failed in this endeavor. Rather than reassert the centrality of class in socialist politics, he argues, the campaign indulged a dubious politics of division.
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  3. Why Do Many Writers in Iran Say Little through So Many Words?Ali Mehraein - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    Some evidence indicates that redundancy (superfluous repetition of an idea, word, phrase, sentence, etc. in a text) is not just an editorial error but also a symptom (a form of compulsion to repeat). To understand why there is so much redundancy in the works of many writers in Iran, we may need to delve into the social link between educators and students in Iranian education institutions. The educator is raised to the position of the Knower who not only demands that (...)
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  4. Liberal Multiculturalism, Post-Racism, and Islamophobia: A Žižekian Interpretation of Said’s Orientalism.Panagiotis Peter Milonas - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    White liberals like to claim that they live in a post-racial society. Furthermore, they believe that most people do not sympathize with the far-right. However, it is not racism fueling right-wing extremism in North America and Western Europe but the dominant ideology, liberalism. Consequently, Slavoj Žižek argues that racism is a problem concerning “objective violence,” which he further breaks down into “symbolic violence” and “systemic violence.” These primarily target minority groups. Thus, “objective violence” best explains the West’s problematic views of (...)
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  5. Haiti as an example of Hegelian universality.Renato Paes Rodrigues - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    _Resumo_ Este artigo tem por objetivo problematizar a ideia de ser a América Latina um espaço do _puro contingente_, como defende o filósofo argentino Enrique Dussel. Recorrendo a um evento extraordinário do século XIX, a Revolução Haitiana, defendemos a ideia que, mesmo no espaço colonial, é possível encontrar a circulação e a defesa de ideias universais. Mais do que isso, essa revolução apresenta um bom exemplo de como podemos refletir sobre a _universalidade hegeliana_, elaborada por dois grandes pensadores contemporâneos: Susan (...)
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  6. Another Alternative Reality? Exploring the Backrooms with Žižek.Will Greenshields - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    The ontological incompleteness revealed by quantum physics and the ontological stability imposed by the “augmented reality” of games such as _Pokémon Go_ have become increasingly important references in Žižek’s materialist assessment of the contemporary Other. This paper analyzes a current online phenomenon, known as “the Backrooms,” that converges with these recent concerns in ways that are perhaps more interesting and provocative than films such as _The Matrix _and _The Truman Show _that, Žižek contends, lead one to a conceptual dead-end. That (...)
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  7. Surplus-Enjoyment and Joker.Luke John Howie - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    Žižek has asked us to consider when we should care about the _tyrant’s bloody robes_. He was asking whether we should show restraint in responding to terrible injustice. The unsettling depiction of ‘Joker’ in Todd Phillips’ (2019) film of the same name goes some way to answering this question. We witness in this film a Joker unlike the many others we had seen in the Batman cinematic universe. Arthur Fleck is not a villain, at least not when he sets out (...)
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  8. Replacement Theory would not exist in Communism.Bradley Kaye - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    Often cited quotation from the Communist Manifesto that capitalism can have an anti-racist, anti-sexist bourgeoisie is the starting point of this analysis. Deploying Žižek's work on the "rotary motion" in the Indivisible Remainder, along with aspects of Marx's analysis of Ideology in the German Ideology to give readers a deeper analysis of Trump's exploitation of white voter's 'new racism as the fear of the 'theft of enjoyment' pinned on the Other' who either threatens to snatch from "us" the treasure of (...)
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  9. Debating the Subject of Substance: Adrian Johnston and Slavoj Žižek on Dialectical Materialism.Christopher Martien Boerdam - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    In chapter four of his latest book, _A New German Idealism _(2019), Adrian Johnston seeks to clarify the meaning of ‘materialism’ in Žižek’s philosophy and questions what he sees as potentially problematic aspects of Žižek’s ‘materialism without materialism’. In this article, I propose a possible reply to three problematic aspects of Žižek’s materialism identified by Johnston. First, that Žižek risks losing his materialist credentials by appealing to a Pythagorean-Badiouan mathematical idealism to define matter. Second, that Žižek’s account of the emergence (...)
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  10. Getting serious with finiteness.Nico Graack - 2023 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 17 (1).
    Žižek s work on Heidegger has not been examined in the same way as his work on Hegel, Lacan, Marx and Kant. In order to shed light on his political thought – oscillating between a heroic Leninism and a subversive _ Ideologiekritik _ – we are reconstructing his critique of Heidegger as it follows from the first chapter of _ The Ticklish Subject _. In that we want to show how his critique is essentially Kantian – Which means for Žižek: (...)
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  11. Slavoj Zizek y su aporte teórico-conceptual a los debates del Psicoanálisis y la Política.Nicol Andrea Barria Asenjo - 2022 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 16 (1).
    _. _El concepto “Fantasía” se vuelve central a la hora de pensar o re-pensar en nuestra época, puede ser pensado como uno de los conceptos característicos y descriptivos del sujeto contemporáneo producto del devenir histórico-social. En las siguientes paginas se realizará una revisión bibliográfica acentuada en el libro _“el acoso de las fantasías”_ del intelectual Slavoj Zizek. El objetivo de la investigación es identificar algunos de los aportes teóricos-conceptuales que se han incorporado a los debates actuales del campo psicoanalítico. En (...)
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  12. The Direction of Science Versus String Theory, or, Were Albert Einstein's Guidelines for the Next Scientific Revolution Wrong?Christopher Portosa Stevens - 2022 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 16 (1).
    There are scientists that have speculated that, since science involves abstraction, generalizations across facts, and the generalization of causes and theories across empirical phenomena, the direction of science is to increasingly unify forces and causes until there is a single general theory unifying all of the forces of nature. The most prominent contemporary example of this attempt to unify all of the forces of nature in a single theory is string theory or superstring theory. String theorists have attempted to emulate (...)
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  13. The Truth of the Fully-Engaged Subject.Yong Wang - 2022 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 16 (1).
    This commentary provides a critique of Žižek’s 2021 article on the catastrophe of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan with a focus on Zizek’s nostalgic moment of the fully engaged subject. The commentary deploys the actual and possible scenarios of the form of subjectivity in association with the cynical subject and the sadistic superego; and suggests the possibility of an alternative ethical subjectivity.
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  14. La “abducción extraterrestre” tratada desde la filosofía de Žižek.Miguel Angel Vladimir Dávila Espinoza - 2022 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 16 (1).
    Se hace un esfuerzo por interpretar el supuesto fenómeno de los raptos de individuos por naves extraterrestres desde conceptos teóricos žižekianos como _afanisis_, “destitución subjetiva”, “Cosa” de la libido, trauma y “mediador evanescente”.
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  15. Invisible Violence: Zizek’s categories of Violence and Ellison’s Invisible Man.Joe James Holroyd - 2022 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 16 (1).
    Ralph Ellison’s _Invisible Man_ is a violent text. It is unflinching in its confrontation with the violence at the heart of the (African-)American experience. In exploring the central role of violence here – narratively, within the novel; politically, within the culture that the novel explores – the recent work of Slavo Zizek is useful. Zizek posits a critical language which makes an important distinction between systemic violence (of the order of economic and political systems), objective violence (of the order of (...)
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  16. Ideology! The Fetishes and Disavowals of the Woke and the Conspiratorial.Luke John Howie - 2022 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 16 (1).
    “Woke” and cancel culture have become mainstream methods for ideological leftists to express their sense of hopelessness and frustration. And while many agree that improving social harmony is an admirable goal, policing the use of pronouns while carefully maintaining the status quo of capitalism’s production, destruction and inequality does little to address the underlying structural problems that create the conditions for social disharmony. It is on this point that Žižek finds agreement with commentators on the ideological right. But at both (...)
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  17. Sublimation and Dislocation: A False Choice.Slavoj Žižek - 2022 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 16 (1).
    Contribution to a collective work called “Manifesto: A Struggle for Universalities” to be published soon and edited by Nicol A, Barría Asensio & Slavoj Zizek: _Foreword:_ Yanis Varaoufakis: _Epilogue:_ David Pavón-Cuellar and over 40 other contributors. In the words of Nicol A, Barría Asenjo: “The present Manifesto arises as an attempt to respond to the current political, historical, social and economic situation. The 21st century prevails, containing within itself the antagonisms, challenges and debates that the history of humanity has tried (...)
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  18. El Poder Comunista.Mario Aguiriano Café Marx - 2022 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 16 (1).
    Hablar del poder comunista significa estudiar el “poder” como potencia, que esconde, de hecho, una cuestión central que aleja a Marx y a la teoría materialista de las diferentes formas de idealismo político, viejas o nuevas, tanto como aleja a la teoría dialéctica de sus muchos enemigos. Y esta es precisamente la cuestión de la posibilidad, o de la correcta comprensión de la categoría de posibilidad, o la relación entre lo posible y lo imposible, posibilidades materiales y posibilidades meramente subjetivas. (...)
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  19. The Profanations of Giorgio Agamben.Irfan Ajvazi - manuscript
    Agamben is hard to pin down both theologically and philosophically. He attempts to construct miraculous minutiae out of un-miraculous things. Hence this work is the act of profaning the unprofanable. What ontological stature, what imaginative configuration and what spatio-temporal coordinates this move articulates are less than forthcoming. Indeed it is possible that Agamben disavows these entirely in favour of a Benjaminian eternal 'as if' structure, one which sees in the most mundane the traces of an eternal and secular redemption. But (...)
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  20. On Reflexive Racism: Disavowal, Deferment, and the Lacanian Subject.Jack Black - 2020 - Diacritics 48 (4):76-101.
    The term ‘reflexivity’ continues to maintain an interpretive hegemony in discussions on modernity and the Self. As a form of praxis, applications of reflexivity frequently rely upon an acknowledged awareness of one’s self-conscious attitudes, dispositions, behaviors and motives. This paper will take aim at such contentions, exploring the extent to which examples of racism rely upon a level of reflexivity, best encapsulated in Žižek’s ‘reflexive racism’. Specifically, it is highlighted how examples of non- racism/anti-racism assert the formal promotion of a (...)
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  21. Science Versus Pure Mathematics: Infinite Mathematical Lines Vs. the Number of Concepts in Logical Space and Science, or Is The Underdetermination Theory of Science Wrong?Christopher Portosa Stevens - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (3).
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  22. Reclaiming Orlando, or Why the Woolfian Legacy is Worth Fighting For.Evan Supple - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (3).
    We are beholden to the postmodernists for their unwavering fidelity to Virginia Woolf’s legacy and the resultant popularity it continues to enjoy. This should no longer be the case. As postmodernism’s import is increasingly outflanked by the enterprises of Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou, and the resuscitated Hegel, we ought to rescue Woolf not only from the poststructuralists, but also from herself. I claim that another reading of Woolf is overdue, one which breaks with the general consensus. Such a reading is (...)
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  23. The Possibility of the Political Act for Political Prisoners in Iran.Ali Mehraein - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (3).
    Although exercising torture has been a commonality between the previous regime in Iran and the Islamic Republic, based upon Zizek’s reading of the discourses of the master and university we can detect a qualitative difference in the two regimes’ approach to torture. During the Shah, torture complemented the Shah’s gesture of the symbolic father of the nation, thereby desexualized even in cases where torture involved prisoners’ sex organs, whereas in the Islamic republic era, torture complements conservative hardliner’s lesson that Islamic (...)
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  24. Hegel's Understanding: Absence, Accident, Alienated.Virgil Lualhati McCorgray - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (3).
    This essay is an exegetical work, the primary intention of which is to present and interpret Hegel’s notion of the “understanding” in the first chapter of his Phenomenology of Spirit. The presentation and interpretation at hand takes as its starting point the work of Slavoj Žižek, who the author feels has begun a new and exciting era of scholarship on Hegel. The overall aim of the essay is modest: to develop the Žižekian reading of Hegel at the micro level. My (...)
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  25. Invisible Violence In Persian Painting.Visheh Khatami Moghaddam - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (3).
    Violence has always accompanied human societies, and appeared in various forms of artworks such as movie, painting, and even cave art, but Persian painting by showing the utopian calm images surprisingly kept itself away from representing the violence, even in the scenes of war and slaughter. This paper aims to study the Persian painting –with focus on the early Safavid dynasty as the age of glory of Iranian art- on the basis of Žižek’s theory, to show that invisible violence floated (...)
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  26. The question of žižekian politics: Pragmatism or revolution?Jose Ruben Apaya Garcia - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (3).
    Much has been written about Žižek’s critique of ideology and its theoretical boundaries. Beyond the critical aspect of Žižekian philosophy, the desert of Žižekian politics lies in the way subjectivity persists even at the end of great revolutionary mobilizations. In this essay, I deal with the implications of a Žižekian politics based on the theory of subjectivity and the problem of the “morning after”. His rejection of the main currents of leftism opens up the discussion whether Žižekian politics is a (...)
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  27. The lacanian graph hidden behind the žižek’s project of critique of ideology.Philippe Augusto Carvalho Campos - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (3).
    In his article How Did Marx Invent the Symptom? Žižek discusses his project of a critique of ideology, he proposes, since the concept of real abstraction by Sohn-Rethel, that are a virtual dimension that structure the practices, which, in turn, the beliefs or the subjectivity is submitted to. On contrary to the classical critique of ideology, that step in the levels of practices or the subjectivity, in Žižek’s project the subjectivity is just a rebound effect of the practices and the (...)
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  28. Slavoj Zizek and Violence.Irfan Ajvazi - manuscript
    Slavoj Žižek and Violence -/- Žižek’s book is fundamentally about understanding violence and the way it is represented in global society, especially in relation to economic interests. He draws a distinction between what he calls subjective violence and objective violence. Subjective violence refers to violence that is inflicted by a clearly identifiable agent of action, as in the case of criminal activity or terrorism. Objective violence, on the other hand, has no clear perpetrator and is often overlooked in the background (...)
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  29. “The Pervert’s Guide to Political Philosophy”. Subjectless Revolutions Slavoj Žižek and the Critique of Postmodern Historicism.Santiago Castro-Gómez - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (2).
    In the three previous chapters we mapped out Žižek’s philosophical thinking—territory in which we situated his critique of “postmodern historicism”, as well as his bleak assessment of the struggles of the contemporary left. We have also examined his theory of revolution and his recourse to Christianity as a paradigm for communist brotherhood that may well function as a real alternative to capitalism. Throughout this interpretative and reconstructive exercise, I subjected Žižek’s proposals to a hail of critical questions and commentary, on (...)
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  30. A Zizekian Attempt to Find a Way into Iranian Progressive Reformism through a Comparative Analysis of the Figures of Ayatollah Khomeini and Qassem Soleimani.Ali Mehraein - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (2).
    The problem which is both created and tackled by this article is that although it advocates the Iranian progressive reformism as the most preferable political force in Iran, it simply does not find reformists’ own formulation of their “competitive advantage” convincing enough. Thus, to provide an argument for Iranian progressive reformism this article not only strives to explain one of the latest Iranian reformists’ mistakes through the Lacanian concept of imaginary identification as elaborated upon by Slavoj Zizek, but also to (...)
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  31. Autochthony and Rootlessness: towards a Hegelian reappropriation of Heidegger's philosophy.Felipe Daniel Montero - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (2).
    In this paper I offer a critical reading of some aspects of Heidegger’s late philosophy and evaluate how these relate to his nationalist claim that we need to stay rooted in the soil of our homeland. In response to this claim, Žižek suggests thet being-rootless is the primordial state of being-human and that what we represent as our roots are secondary attempts to obfuscate this dimension. First, I will present Heidegger’s philosophy of technology to elucidate his thesis that the essence (...)
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  32. Žižekian Ideology and the ‘Sympathetic’ Slave-Owner: Ostensible Necessity of Slavery in Our Nig and Minnie’s Sacrifice.Teddy Duncan - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (2).
    I will look at and discuss the ideological-subject position of the ‘sympathetic’ slave-owner by employing Žižek ’s specific conception of ideology across two varying slave-narratives. I attempt to uncover how this ideology operates within the social-material reality in the texts Our Nig and Minnie's Sacrifice and the ways that the authors employed tropes in depicting this particular archetypal figure in slave-narratives. These charachter's exhibit an ideology remarkably aligned with Žižek ’s: that a certain non-knowledge of the proper logic of an (...)
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  33. Secularization of Healthcare: A Zizekian Model.Thomas Hampton - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (2).
    In The Sublime Object of Ideology, Slavoj Žižek tells a story about Buddhist prayer wheels in Tibet as a model of secularization: a belief machine. When routine actions are being performed, the animating principles or belief are no longer foregrounded in the process. While the developers of the scientific method were mostly devout Christians and believed in God’s direct involvement in the affairs of earth, carefully repeating situations through controlled experiments convinced them any potential variance in the processes they investigated (...)
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  34. Žižek’s Nietzsche and the Insufficiency of Trauma for a Posthuman Übermensch.Jan Gresil de los Santos Kahambing - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (2).
    The Übermensch, the overcoming of man, is one of Nietzsche’s debated concepts to be situated in posthumanism. In Žižek’s posthumanism, the human as subject can not only be read in Nietzsche’s understanding of the last man, but is inherently tied to the concept of trauma. This is so that trauma, as I exposed before, is a crucial element in advancing a posthuman. This article argues that trauma is, tout court, not enough to realize a posthuman Übermensch. It faces paradoxes that (...)
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  35. Hunting the poststructuralist "snark" – the role of antinomy in Essex School discourse analysis.Mick Chisnall - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (2).
    Poststructuralist Discourse Theory is, in my view, a social theory for our time; embracing, as it does, the unconscious and capable of providing new insights into everything from the rise of Trumpian “post truth” through to our collective inability to universally engage with the existential threat of climate change. This article suggests an approach to the empirical analysis of problematised discourses starting from a search for dislocations. I draw from the writings of Laclau, Adorno and Derrida and use Žižek’s Lacanian (...)
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  36. The Flight of (the) Concord: Joan Copjec and Slavoj Žižek read ‘Irma’s Injection’.Neil Cocks - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (2).
    In this article, I return to the ‘over-interpreted anxiety dream’ of ‘Irma’s Injection’ to make a wider claim concerning an unacknowledged investment in structure that I understand to return to Žižekian appeals to the disruptive structure of the Real. I begin with the analysis of Freud’s first specimen dream, and Lacan’s response to this, offered by Joan Copjec, Žižek’s fellow traveller in theory. My concern is with Copjec’s staging of the encounter with the Real, both in its imaginary and symbolic (...)
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  37. Temporal Ontology in Ecology: Developing an ecological awareness through time, temporality and the past-present parallax.Jack Black & Jim Cherrington - 2021 - Environmental Philosophy 18 (1):41-63.
    Theoretical applications of time and temporality remain a key consideration for both climate scientists and the humanities. By way of extending this importance, we critically examine Timothy Morton’s proposed “ecological awareness” alongside Slavoj Žižek’s “parallax view”. In doing so, the article introduces a “past-present parallax” in order to contest that, while conceptions of the past are marked by “lack”, equally, our conceptions of and relations to Nature remain grounded in an ontological incompleteness, marked by contingency. This novel approach presents an (...)
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  38. Ph.D. Carlos Herrera de la Fuente.Carlos Herrera de la Fuente - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    Open Letter to Comrade Žižek is an attempt to question and highlight some incongruous points that Slavoj Žižek, one of the greatest critics of capitalism and its ideological effects in the contemporary world, expressed in his latest books about the Pandemics. The text focuses in the economic, political, social and cultural consequences of Žižek’s position and goes further in developing another position related to the spread of COVID-19 and the preventive measures to fight it.
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  39. Book Review: Breaking Through Schizophrenia: Lacan and Hegel for Talk Therapy. Wilfried ver Eecke. [REVIEW]Mark Gerard Murphy - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    A book review of Wilfried Ver Eecke's 2019 work, Breaking Through Schizophrenia: Lacan and Hegel for Talk Therapy.
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  40. Žižek and religion: Notes for a dialogue.Fabiano Veliq - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    This article intent to bring some notes to understand the role of religion in the work of Slavoj Žižek. Is quite clear that religion is a big problem that Žižek faces in some of his book and to us is quite clear that his concern about this theme is extremely important to his view on politics and psychoanalysis. This article points out some insights about the main themes that Žižek works in his book about religion. We have no intent to (...)
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  41. “The One Who Decides on the Exception”: The Sovereign and Sovereignty in Slavoj Žižek’s Political Theology after Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben.Hue Woodson - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    At the intersection of “the theological” and “the political,” the situatedness of the sovereign dictates the task and method of political theology. It is the sovereign, in particular, positioned between “the theological” and “the political,” that is responsible for existentializing what is theologized and what is politicized through the power of sovereignty. Through this sovereignty, the sovereign creates, defines, and oversees all the existential dimensions of a theological-political environment, especially with respect to exclusiveness and inclusiveness, marginalization and belongingness, and what (...)
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  42. Between Reality and Fantasy: The Case of Slavoj Žižek and Arthur Miller.Rayyane Shukr - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    Tolerance, equality, and universal love are all strategies that veil the reality of the relationship between the Self and the Other. Whether in the writings of Slavoj Žižek, Arthur Miller, or Jacques Lacan, the definition of "reality", as they explain, is something hidden with all sorts of false claims about the "real". The real is ugly, and reality is just an illusion that conceals the ugly truth. Each of these writers establishes that the self is living in an illusion that (...)
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  43. To Thrive in These Times: Capabilities, Negativity, and the Pandemic.Edward Ryan Teather-Posadas - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many of the inadequacies of our capitalist systems, as Žižek extols in Pandemic! COVID-19 Shakes the World. This essay explores how the capabilities approach, as outlined by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, may be re-examined in the light of this new viral reality by the contributions of Slavoj Žižek and Byung-Chul Han. The capability approach, as it stands, suffers from two missing pieces: that of an acknowledgement of the necessity of negativity as a foil (...)
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  44. From Tribalism to Sectarianism: An Attempt at Theorizing Constitutional Othering in Contemporary Levant.Vicky Panossian - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    In ancient Rome, there was no need for people to have distinct names, they followed that of their tribe. For instance, a family of four children would classify their kids as young, middle, old, and first-born. There was no need for them to have their own identity because this identity was no expected to serve any purpose. Although two thousand years have gone by, this ideological reproduction of the self into a miniature replica is still present within contemporary Levantine societies. (...)
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  45. The Fade Out: Metaphysics and Dialectics in Wagner.Eugene A. Clayton Jr - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    This article is a critique of the failure of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. It considers this as a metaphysical problem rather than an aesthetic or formal one. The article, considering Wagner’s inheritance from Haydn, claims him as the first composer of the culture industry. This will lead the author to conclusions regarding a gendered Das Unheimlich, the distinction between technology and technique, and the philosophy of aesthetics.
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  46. Holy Shit: Excremental Philosophy, Religious Ontology, and Spiritual Revelation.Sean Christopher Hall - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    Žižek seems to find great inspiration in Christianity. It is central to The Fragile Absolute: Or, Why Is the Christian Legacy Worth Fighting For?, The Puppet and the Dwarf, and The Monstrosity of Christ. Indeed, even in his more singularly philosophical and political texts we find that Christianity is often vital to his overall argumentative strategy. This is somewhat surprising given his declared position as an atheist. Yet what seems to appeal to him in Christianity is that, as a religion, (...)
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  47. Protest as an act of love.Martin Bekker - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    In a world filled with “ambient violence”, public protest is a vital signal of shared discontent. The essential compulsion at the heart of protest, however, is conventionally not recognised for what it is: solidarity with those suffering injustices. Amid authorities’ often-fierce efforts to curtail gatherings of people whose experiences of injustice propel them into the streets, a sharp rise in public protests has been perceived since the early 2000s. Thousands of column inches dedicated to reporting on protests are rivalled in (...)
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  48. Sport and the 'National Thing': Exploring Sport's Emotive Significance.Jack Black - 2021 - Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics 24 (11):1956-1970.
    This article critically details how the work of Slavoj Žižek theoretically elaborates on the links between nationalism and sport. Notably, it highlights how key terms, drawn from Žižek’s work on fantasy, ideology and the Real (itself grounded in the work of Jacques Lacan), can be used to explore the relationship between sport, nationalism and enjoyment (jouissance). In outlining this approach, specific attention is given to Žižek’s account of the ‘national Thing’. Accordingly, by considering the various ways in which sport organizes, (...)
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  49. Revisión de las Publicaciones Académicas en Chile y Perú: Influencia de Slavoj Žižek en la Filosofía y Literatura.Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo, Paolo de Lima, Axel Fuentes Silva & Jamadier Esteban Uribe Muñoz - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    Resumen: El presente documento tiene por objeto indagar en las publicaciones académicas de dos saberes: la filosofía y la literatura. A partir de allí, se identificó la influencia de las ideas del filósofo Slavoj Žižek en esos documentos -artículos y libros-. Esta revisión se centró en dos países de la región latinoamericana tal como lo son Chile y Perú. Se revisaron las producciones académicas que hacen menciones a las hipotesis del esloveno trazando un recorrido histórico que permite identificar cual es (...)
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  50. Freud, Lacan, Marx, Žižek.Susana Lentino - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    El objetivo del presente trabajo es hacer una reseña de los conceptos fundamentales que elabora Slavoj Žižek en su libro “El sublime objeto de la ideología”. Tomaré algunas ideas centrales acerca del síntoma, la ideología y la fantasía, así como también haré algunos comentarios. Žižek nos advierte de no caer en las trampas actuales ilusorias de que vivimos en una época posideológica.
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