The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology

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A spectre is haunting Western academia, the spectre of the Cartesian subject. Deconstructionists and Habermasians, cognitive scientists and Heideggerians, feminists and New Age obscurantists _ all are united in their hostility to it. The Ticklish Subject seeks to undermine the common presupposition of all these critiques by posing a provocative question: what if there is a subversive core of the Cartesian subject to be unearthed, a core which provides the indispensable philosophical point of reference of any genuinely emancipatory politics? In this new, long-awaited systematic exposition of the foundations of his theory, Slavoj Zizek explores this question through a detailed and rigorous confrontation with predominant contemporary notions of the subject: Heidegger's attempt to overcome subjectivity; the post-Althusserian elaborations of political subjectivity (Ernesto Laclau, Etienne Balibar, Jacques Ranci┼re and Alain Badiou); deconstructionist feminism (Judith Butler); and the theories of second modernity and risk society (Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck). While philosophical in tenor and peppered with Zizek's characteristic witticisms, The Ticklish Subject is first and foremost an engaged political intervention, addressing the burning question of how to reformulate a leftist project in an era of global capitalism and its ideological supplement, liberal-democratic multiculturalism.
 

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as always, Zizek knows exactly what he's talking about, but seems to have no reason why he's talking about it. 90% gibberish, occasional nuggets of odd-shaped truth. Read full review

Contents

A Spectre Is Haunting Western Academia
1
The Deadlock of Transcendental Imagination or Martin Heidegger
9
The Hegelian Ticklish Subject
70
The Politics of Truth or Alain Badiou as a Reader of St Paul
127
Political Subjectivization and Its Vicissitudes
171
Passionate DisMttachments or Judith Butler as a Reader of Freud
247
Whither Oedipus?
313
The Three Fathers The Demise of Symbolic Efficiency
325
Index
401
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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.

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