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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr (Tx) (Oct. 19 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822313952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822313953
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #651,610 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 i ek 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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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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the departure of our fig time May 4 2015
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Those of us who wish to understand our own generation in a social context of danger might be impressed by the notes at the end of the book on being between two deaths, a theme of the Wagner opera The Flying Dutchman which is related to initiation rituals involving woman as a symptom of man. Parsifal is an initiation based on a story in which an innocent comes upon a community doing what he does not understand, so he shakes things up by asking: what are you doing? The opera by Wagner presents so many polymorphously perverse avenues for life to violate a strict symbolic order that social restrictions are identified with death by Zizek for the kind of civilization that expects the desire of men to be tamed by finding one woman for a lifetime stretching into the eternity that fig trees don't get after being cursed.

Much of the material in this book was new in 1992 or 1993. Those years in America marked a turning point in which the national financial balancing act involving budgets with deficits were pictured as the gap the US Constitution could be amended to require an annual balancing of the books. In the decades which followed, the kind of gap Lacan draws attention to in the dynamic antinomies of personal behavior became wild because nobody imposed a reliable source of funding for paying interest on the national debt. Budget matters which Congress could control had little impact on a future that could never keep track of enough figs to settle anything involving men and numbers like we would get.

Zizek has his eye on a ball so critical that the superficial manner in which news keeps track of how increasing the police force and the number of Americans in prison for petty violations of the basic dignity, instead of finding contentment in a lack of what used to be basic decency with constant spending of our full faith and credit, notwithstanding some episodes slamming examples in fantasy for desires everybody is supposed to refuse in a search for sound home entertainment values, this book does not try to avoid any bits of confusion that linger on.

I am 68 years old now and bitter that other people dried up and blew away without figuring any of this stuff out years ago, when we were too busy to do anything that makes reality what really happened.