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Oct. 19 1993 Post-Contemporary Interventions
In the space of barely more than five years, with the publication of four pathbreaking books, Slavoj Zizek has earned the reputation of being one of the most arresting, insightful, and scandalous thinkers in recent memory. Perhaps more than any other single author, his writings have constituted the most compelling evidence available for recognizing Jacques Lacan as the preemient philosopher of our time. In Tarrying with the Negative, Zizek challenges the contemporary critique of ideology, and in doing so opens the way for a new understanding of social conflict, particularly the recent outbursts of nationalism and ethnic struggle. Are we, Zizek asks, confined to a postmodern universe in which truth is reduced to the contingent effect of various discursive practices and where our subjectivity is dispersed through a multitude of ideological positions? No is his answer, and the way out is a return to philosophy. This revisit to German Idealism allows Zizek to recast the critique of ideology as a tool for disclosing the dynamic of our society, a crucial aspect of which is the debate over nationalism, particularly as it has developed in the Balkans - Zizek's home. He brings the debate over nationalism into the sphere of contemporary cultural politics, breaking the impasse centered on nationalisms simultaneously fascistic and anticolonial aspirations. Provocatively, Zizek argues that what drives nationalistic and ethnic antagonism is a collectively driven refusal of our own enjoyment. Using examples from popular culture and high theory to illuminate each other - opera, film noir, capitalist universalism, religious and ethnic fundamentalism - this work testifies to the fact that, far more radically than the postmodern sophists, Kant and Hegel are our contemporaries.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (Oct. 19 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822313952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822313953
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Slavoj Zizek, the giant of Ljubljana, ... provides the best intellectual high since Anti-Oedipus' --Scott Malcolmson, Voice Literary Supplement

About the Author

Slavoj Zižek is a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is the author of numerous books, including "The Sublime Object of Ideology" and "Enjoy Your Symptom!."

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The most sublime image that emerged in the political upheavals of the last years-and the term "sublime" is to be conceived here in the strictest Kantian sense-was undoubtedly the unique picture from the time of the violent overthrow of Ceausescu in Romania: the rebels waving the national flag with the red star, the Communist symbol, cut out, so that instead of the symbol standing for the organizing principle of the national life, there was nothing but a hole in its center. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant study on German Idealism and Jacques Lacan March 14 2013
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The title "Tarrying with the negative" refers to a phrase in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Hegel's widely acclaimed masterpiece of German Idealism is one of the most difficult texts of the early 19th century (from 1807). Zizek's book is a brilliant synthesis of it and of German Idealism in general. He shows how Hegel recombines insights from Kant's transcendental philosophy to a more radical epistemology that is neither simply in the tradition of anti-realism nor realism. His revisit to German Idealism shows as well how the question of ideology is linked to the dynamics of reason, reason understood here as some kind of looking-glass through which our societies view what they perceive as reality. Zizek also shows how - next to Kant and Hegel - the philosophy of Jacques Lacan has many underestimated "tools" and concepts of interpreting problems of epistemology and cultural theory alike. The book "Tarrying..." is clearly written (what cannot be said always of Zizek's publications). Everybody who is interested in German Idealism and the epistemology of Jacques Lacan's metapsychology will find breath-taking insights he - probably - has not seen before so clearly put into language. Zizek presents insights that a reader rarely finds in "traditional" books on Hegel or German Idealism written by Taylor, Pinkard, Pippin or Brandom. Zizek is really one of his own kind.

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