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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. Ž, I.ž, Slavoj ek & Glyn Daly (2013). Conversations with Zizek. Polity.
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  2. Ž, I.ž, Slavoj ek & Glyn Daly (2013). Conversations with Zizek. Polity.
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  3. Farhad Alavi (2013). Resistance is Utile. International Journal of Žižek Studies 7.
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  4. Geoff Boucher (2009). Book Review: Slavoj Žižek, Violence. [REVIEW] Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory 10 (3):425-430.
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  5. Thomas Brockleman (2003). The Failure of the Radical Democratic Imaginary: I Ek Versus Laclau and Mouffe on Vestigial Utopia. Philosophy and Social Criticism 29 (2).
    Starting from the author's critique of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, this essay offers a comprehensive interpretation of Slavoj i ek's political theory. i ek's position drives a wedge between two concepts foundational to Laclau and Mouffe's 'radical democratic theory', namely 'antagonism' and 'anti-essentialism'. Anti-essentialism, it is argued, carries with it a residual utopianism - i.e. a view of political theory as offering a vision of a desirable radicalized society or a 'radical democratic imaginary' - that the more radical concept (...)
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  6. Carla Cordua (2013). Hegel Hoy, según žižek. Revista de Filosofía 69:67-81.
    El pensador esloveno Slavoj Žižek, cuya obra se ha difundido mundialmente traducida a muchas lenguas, sostiene que sus proposiciones teóricas, en particular las políticas, se fundan sobre la obra de Hegel. El presente estudio examina esta relación de Žižek con Hegel: qué aspectos del sistema, del método, de los conceptos hegelianos figuran en los libros de este contemporáneo; qué tratamiento, qué interpretación reciben, cuáles son las funciones principales que estos elementos desempeñan en la manera de pensar de Žižek.
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  7. John Mullarkey (2009). Refractions of Reality: Philosophy and the Moving Image. Palgrave Macmillan.
    Why is film becoming increasingly important to philosophers? Is it because it can be a helpful tool in teaching philosophy, in illustrating it? Or is it because film can also think for itself, because it can create its own philosophy? In fact, a popular claim amongst film philosophers is that film is no mere handmaiden to philosophy, that it does more than simply illustrate philosophical texts: rather, film itself can philosophise in direct audio-visual terms. Approaches that purport to grant to (...)
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  8. Linda L. Revie (2013). “When the Trickster Meets 'the Big Other' Coyote Goes Cosmic”. International Journal of Žižek Studies 7.
    This article reads Cherokee academic/author Thomas King’s “The One About Coyote Going West” and Okanagan writer Jeannette Armstrong’s “This is a Story” to question whether these Aboriginal creation tales subvert the referential race codes and the kinds of hierarchical exclusion that take place in Caucasian discourses about Homo sapiens. To do so, it draws links between Slavoj Zizek’s post identity theories, and post-colonial and Indigenous literary and nationalist epistemologies, to challenge the implications of how the Coyote narratives transformation the hegemony, (...)
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  9. Duncan Reyburn (2013). Recycled Food for Thought: 'Designing for Sustainability' as an Ideological Category. International Journal of Žižek Studies 7.
    This essay explores ‘design for sustainability’ in terms of two aspects of Slavoj Žižek’s thinking that are intricately interwoven, namely his thinking on ideology, as that which regulates the relationship between the visible and the invisible, and ecology, as that which must nullify the usual conceptions of nature in order to function. In so doing, and with reference to key texts on ecologically intentional design, I aim to set out the three key co-ordinates within which designing for sustainability functions as (...)
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  10. Alessia Ricciardi (2009). Review of Marcus Pound, Žižek: A (Very) Critical Introduction. [REVIEW] Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (10).
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  11. Iñigo González Ricoy (2007). Ficciones culturales: Slavoj Zizek. En defensa de la intolerancia, Madrid, Sequitur, 2007. Astrolabio: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 4:157-164.
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  12. José María Ripalda (2013). De Románticos Y Hegelianos. International Journal of Žižek Studies 7.
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  13. J. Roberts (forthcoming). Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Zizek, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left. Radical Philosophy.
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  14. John Roberts (2013). Debate Dialectic and Post-Hegelian Dialectic (Again). Journal of Critical Realism 12 (1):72 - 98.
    Looking at the emergence recently of a New Hegelianism (Badiou, Bhaskar, Jameson, Žižek), in which Hegel’s dialectic is variously reassessed for its political and philosophical resistance to the prevailing ‘weak nihilisms’ of left and right, I argue with Žižek and Jameson against Badiou and Bhaskar for Hegel as, essentially, a philosopher of the ‘productive return’ and failure. In this sense, what emerges is a picture of Hegel as a profoundly nonlinear historical thinker, in which loss, dissolution, breakdown and the excremental (...)
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  15. A. Robinson & S. Tormey (2004). Žižek is Not a Radical. Thesis Eleven 78.
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  16. Andrew Robinson (2010). Symptoms of a New Politics: Networks, Minoritarianism and the Social Symptom in Žižek, Deleuze and Guattari. Deleuze Studies 4 (2):206-233.
    This article explores the contemporary ‘symptomatic’ position of radically excluded social groups through a critical engagement with the work of Žižek, Deleuze and Guattari. It begins with a presentation and critique of Žižek's theorisation, arguing that while he correctly perceives the symptomatic status of certain social groups and issues, his approach is insufficiently radical because of its reliance on inappropriate structuralist assumptions and metaphysical negativity. It then compares this theory to Deleuze and Guattari's theory of minoritarianism, viewed as a similar (...)
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  17. Andrew Robinson & Simon Tormey (2007). Zizek's Marx:'Sublime Object'or a'Plague of Fantasies'? Historical Materialism 14 (3):145.
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  18. Andrew Robinson & Simon Tormey (2005). A Ticklish Subject? Žižek and the Future of Left Radicalism. Thesis Eleven 80 (1):94-107.
    The work of Slavoj Žižek has become an essential reference point for debates concerning the future of left radical thought and practice. His attacks on identity politics, multiculturalism and ‘radical democracy’ have established him as a leading figure amongst those looking to renew the link between socialist discourse and a transformative politics. However, we contend that despite the undeniable radicality of Žižek’s theoretical approach, his politics offers little in the way of inspiration for the progressive left. On the contrary, his (...)
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  19. Lluís Roca Jusmet (2011). ¿ Merece la pena tomar en serio a Žižek? Astrolabio: Revista Internacional de Filosofía 11:392 - 401.
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  20. Santiago M. Roggerone (2013). Act or Revolution? Yes, Please! International Journal of Žižek Studies 7.
    As a part of an attempt to account for the status of Marxism today, this paper explores Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of the Act. Given that, to a point, this theory constitutes a neutralization of certain postmodernist challenges, the paper presents its materialistic-ontological assumptions and genealogically restores its most important conceptual components. It also questions the link between Žižek’s Theory of the Act and the communist Idea and partially elucidates the differences between Žižek’s stance and the post-Marxism of authors such as (...)
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  21. Marika Rose (2014). The Mystical and the Material: Slavoj Žižek and the French Reception of Mysticism. Sophia 53 (2):231-240.
    This paper will argue that the work of Slavoj Žižek can be fruitfully understood as a response to mystical theology as it has been received in two strands of 20th century French thought—psychoanalysis and phenomenology—and that Žižek's work in turn offers intriguing possibilities for the re-figuring of mystical theology by feminist philosophy of religion. Twentieth century French psychoanalysis is dominated by the work of Jacques Lacan and by his students Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray. All three of these figures engage (...)
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  22. Molly Anne Rothenberg (2010). Excessive Subject: A New Theory of Social Change. Polity Press.
    In The Excessive Subject: A New Theory of Social Change, Molly Anne Rothenberg uncovers an innovative theory of social change implicit in the writings of radical social theorists, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Michel de Certeau, Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau, and Slavoj ?i?ek. Through case studies of these writers' work, Rothenberg illuminates how this new theory calls into question currently accepted views of social practices, subject formation, democratic interaction, hegemony, political solidarity, revolutionary acts, and the ethics of alterity. Finding a common (...)
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  23. Diane Rubenstein (2009). 32 Slavoj Žižek. In Jenny Edkins & Nick Vaughan-Williams (eds.), Critical Theorists and International Relations. Routledge. 341.
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  24. Frank Ruda (2012). Remembering, repeating, working through Marx: Badiou, Žižek and the Actualizations of Marxism. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 3:293-319.
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  25. Jonathan Salem-Wiseman (forthcoming). The Philosophy of Tragedy: From Plato to Žižek. British Journal of Aesthetics:ayt046.
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  26. Robert Samuels (2010). New Media, Cultural Studies, and Critical Theory After Postmodernism: Automodernity From Zizek to Laclau. Palgrave Macmillan.
    This book argues that we have moved into a new cultural period, automodernity, which represents a social, psychological, and technological reaction to postmodernity. In fact, by showing how individual autonomy is now being generated through technological and cultural automation, Samuels posits that we must rethink modernity and postmodernity. Part of this rethinking entails stressing how the progressive political aspects of postmodernism need to be separated from the aesthetic consumption of differences in automoderntiy. Choosing culturally relevant studies of The Matrix, Grand (...)
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  27. Robert Samuels (2008). Lacan After Žižek: Self-Reflexivity in the Automodern Enjoyment of Psychoanalysis. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (4).
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  28. Martín Josías Becerra Sánchez (2013). La Importancia Del Concepto de Fantasía En El Pensamiento de Slavoj Žižek. International Journal of Žižek Studies 7.
    En el presente trabajo defiendo que el concepto de fantasía es de los más importantes para entender el pensamiento del filosofo Slavoj Žižek, además hago una categorización de lo que sostengo son los principales usos del concepto fantasía en el pensamiento del filósofo, comienzo con el Uso ¿Che voui? que es la relación primera del Otro y el sujeto y termino con el Uso Ideología, en donde hay reflexiones acerca de analogía de ésta con la fantasía. Este trabajo está basado (...)
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  29. Ronald E. Santoni (2013). Concerning the Ambivalence of Sartre on Violence: A Commentary/Rejoinder. Sartre Studies International 19 (2):112-128.
    In this article, I maintain that (1) Sartre's views on violence are ambivalent and (2) Sartre sometimes justifies violence. More specifically, I attempt to establish the misreadings by Michael Fleming and Marguerite LaCaze (on whom Fleming relies) of both my writing and Sartre's in these regards. Each, by arguing that, for Sartre, violence is “sometimes acceptable” or “functionally necessary” or “understandable,” but not morally justifiable, is ignoring Sartre's tendency at times to skirt the issue of justifiability by employing “weasel words” (...)
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  30. Andrew Schaap (2007). Slavoj Žižek: A Critical Introduction. Contemporary Political Theory 6 (1):108-109.
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  31. Regina M. Schwartz (ed.) (2004). Transcendence: Philosophy, Literature, and Theology Approach the Beyond. Routledge.
    In Transcendence , thinkers from John Milbank, Graham Ward, and Kevin Hart, to Thomas Carlson, Slavoj Zizek, and Jean-Luc Marion have come together to create the definitive analysis of this key concept in modern theological and philosophical thought.
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  32. F. Scott Scribner (2002). Affectivity, Transparency, Rapport. Idealistic Studies 32 (2):159-170.
    At last scholars are recognizing that the great generative architectonics of idealism’s account of self-consciousness would demand or imply, from a genealogical perspective, an unconscious. Yet, between Foucaultian inspired analyses of madness in Hegel, and Slavoj Zizek’s Lacanian readings of the unconscious in the work of F. W. J. Schelling, there has been essentially no mention of J. G. Fichte. As an attempt to redress this failure, I will begin to sketch Fichte’s own unique articulation of an unconscious (Unbewusst) by (...)
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  33. Matthew Sharpe (2009). “Critchley is Žižek” : In Defence of Critical Political Philosophy. Critical Horizons 10 (2):180-196.
    In an ironically Žižekian manner, this paper argues that Simon Critchley and Slavoj Žižek's apparent political disagreement (ludic reformist versus strident revolutionary) conceal a common set of preconditions and presuppositions. These presuppositions can be summed by the slogan “the forgetting of political philosophy”, which more specifically means the forgetting of the difference between philosophy and political life, and the reflective need to find mediations between the two. Critchley's turn to humour honours the notion that politics is about the realm of (...)
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  34. Matthew Sharpe (2009). Of Diabolical Evil, and Related Matters : On Slavoj Žižek's Reading of Kant's Practical Philosophy. International Journal of Zizek Studies 3 (3):1-23.
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  35. Matthew Sharpe (2008). Kant, or the Crack in the Universal : Slavoj Zizek's Politicising the Transcendental Turn. International Journal of Zizek Studies 2 (2):1-20.
    This paper examines Slavoj Zizek’s reading of Immanuel Kant. Its undergirding argument is that Zizek’s work as a whole- up to and including his politically radical statements, which have become more and more prominent since 1997- is conceivable as a project in the rereading of the Kantian ‘Copernican Revolution’ via Lacanian psychoanalysis. Critics now agree that Zizek’s orienting aim is to write a philosophy of politics, as more recent texts, like The Ticklish Subject make clear. (Kay, 2003; Sharpe, 2004; Dean (...)
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  36. Matthew Sharpe (2007). Maistre Avec de Sade: Zizek Contra de Maistre. International Journal of Zizek Studies 1 (4):1-24.
    It is possible to argue that the first world is presently living through a period of radical global reaction against the social democratic consensus of the twentieth century. In this context, the use of Slavoj Zizek's Lacnaian theory of ideology to critique the traditions of thought which inform this reaction becomes a vital task. In this paper, I use Zizek's Lacanian theory of ideology to critically analyse de Maistre's remarkable work: particularly his 'Considerations on France'. Zizek's emphasis on the role (...)
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  37. Matthew Sharpe, Slavoj Zizek. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
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  38. Matthew Sharpe & Geoff Boucher (2010). Zizek's Communism and in Defence of Lost Causes. International Journal of Zizek Studies 4 (2):1-7.
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  39. Philip Shaw (2006). The Sublime. Routledge.
    Often labelled as "indescribable," the sublime is a term that has been debated for centuries amongst writers, artists, philosophers and theorists. Usually related to ideas of the great, the awe-inspiring and the overpowering, the sublime has become a complex yet crucial concept in many disciplines. Offering historical overviews and explanations, Philip Shaw looks at: · The legacy of the earliest, classical theories of the sublime through the romantic to the post-modern and avant-garde sublimity · The major theorists of the sublime (...)
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  40. Ola Sigurdson (2013). Slavoj Žižek, the Death Drive, and Zombies: A Theological Account. Modern Theology 29 (3):361-380.
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  41. Ola Sigurdson (2012). Theology and Marxism in Eagleton and Žižek: A Conspiracy of Hope. Palgrave Macmillan.
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  42. Hugh J. Silverman, Louise Burchill, Jean-Luc Nancy, Laurens ten Kate, Luce Irigaray, Elaine P. Miller, George Smith, Peter Schwenger, Bernadette Wegenstein, Rosi Braidotti, Rosalyn Diprose, Dorota Glowacka, Heinz Kimmerle, Purushottama Bilimoria, Sally Percival Wood & Slavoj Z.¡ iz¡ek (2010). Intermedialities: Philosophy, Arts, Politics. Lexington Books.
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  43. Corneliu C. Simut (2014). The Logos Between Psychology, Ontology, and Divinity: Fundamental Aspects of the Concept of Logos in the Early Thought of Slavoj Žižek. Hts Theological Studies 70 (1):01-12.
    Slavoj Žižek's philosophy spans over more than three decades, which is confirmed by the numerous books he published since the late 1980s. Since his thinking about the idea of logos is no exception, this article focuses on what can be termed Žižek's early philosophy, and especially that depicted in his The sublime object of ideology (1989) and The metastases of enjoyment (1994). Whilst the former underlines the psychological aspects of the logos, the latter focuses more on theories about being, as (...)
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  44. Vikash Singh (2013). Religion and Neoliberalism: TV Serial Ramayana and the Becoming of an Ideology, 1980-1990. International Journal of Žižek Studies 7.
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  45. Vikash Singh (2012). Religion and Neoliberalism: TV Serial Rāmāyaṇa and the Becoming of an Ideology, 1980–1990. International Journal of Žižek Studies 6 (2).
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  46. Robert Sinnerbrink (2006). Nomadology or Ideology? Žižek's Critique of Deleuze. Parrhesia 1:62-87.
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  47. Lenart Škof (2010). Über Die Progressive Alternative: Unger Versus Žižek. Synthesis Philosophica 25 (1):93-100.
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  48. Lenart Škof (2010). De l'Altérnative Progréssiste: Unger Versus Žižek. Synthesis Philosophica 25 (1):93-100.
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  49. Lenart Škof (2010). On Progressive Alternative: Unger Versus Žižek. Synthesis Philosophica 25 (1):93-100.
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  50. Natalia Skradol (2004). Adaptation , 'Adaptation', and Adaptation: Zizek and the Commonplace. Film-Philosophy 8 (2).
    _Adaptation_ is the film this article is about. The rules of electronic articles require that it be quoted with underscores. 'Adaptation' is the subject and title of this articleand so should be indicated with inverted commas. Adaptation, without underlining and without quotation marks, is just adaptation, the thing itself. And here comes the question: what is Real Thing Itself? _Adaptation_ addresses the question of what the real, the primary, is, and its relation with that which is secondary -- with the (...)
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