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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. Michael Austin (2011). The Question of Lacanian Ontology: Badiou and Žižek as Responses to Seminar XI. International Journal of Žižek Studies 5 (2).
    In Seminar XI, Lacan begins by saying that the seminar will be a response to the question of ontology posed at the close of Seminar X. What emerges from this question is a new priority given to thinking the Real, as well as his famous myth of the lamella and his clearest writings on the death drive. This paper proposes that the metaphysical works of both Žižek and Badiou aim to answer the same question posed by Jacques-Alain Miller, “What is (...)
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  4. Michał Bielawski & Slavoj Žižek (2008). „prawdziwe Przesłanie Zawarte Jest W Formie”. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2.
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  5. Kate Briggs (2008). An Obsessional Act of Erasure: Žižek on L’Origine du Monde. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (4).
    If it is characteristic of obsessional neurosis that an object can be an object of desire only insofar as it is impossible object, this impossibility is also traced at the basis of any desire. The obsessional however specializes in setting things up "so that the object of his desire becomes the signifier of this impossibility". By aiming at or erasing the desire of the other, the obsessional depreciates his own desire. Žižek provides us with a rather classic version of this (...)
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  6. Thomas Brockelman (2012). Following Atheism: On a Debate in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory. International Journal of Žižek Studies 6 (1).
    Setting out from a debate between two contemporary Lacanians about the religious significance of psychoanalysis, this paper argues that what such analysis really has to offer to a discussion of religion is purloined by the current round of academic polemics about its "revival." This argument is built in three steps: in the first, I demonstrate that the "site" of a meeting of psychoanalysis and religion is the "fundamental fantasy," tracing that concept's history from its Freudian pre-history through Lacan and showing (...)
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  7. 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):183-208.
    Starting from the author’s critique of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, this essay offers a comprehensive interpretation of Slavoj Žižek’s political theory. ŽiŽek’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 of antagonism (...)
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  8. Tony Brown (2007). Why Žižek?: Learning Mathematics, Training Teachers, Setting Policies. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.
    This essay draws on extracts from the book New Teacher Identity and Regulative Government: The discursive formation of primary mathematics teacher education , written by Tony Brown and Olwen McNamara and published by Springer: New York. Material is reproduced with permission.
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  9. Levi Bryant (2007). Symptomal Knots and Evental Ruptures: Žižek, Badiou and Discerning the Indiscernible. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (2).
    This article argues that Badiou's account of subjects of truth-procedures requires the Lacanian subject in order to be intelligible. Without an account of the Lacanian subject as void and precarious with respect to all identifications, Badiou is unable to explain how the subject of truth procedures is able to throw off its identifications and symbolic roles that characterize its existence as an individual or body in the situation, taking on, instead, fidelity to the truth that follows from an event.
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  10. Matthew Davis (2011). Badiou and Zizek on the Question of Science. International Journal of Žižek Studies 5 (2).
    Why do most positions in philosophy tend toward just two basic ideas? For the last 100 years philosophers have either been fanatic supporters of science even to the point of arguing philosophy away, or obliquely associating sciences complicity with the horrors of the twentieth century . Even Alain Badiou, who promotes the philosophical benefits of mathematics, draws a line at endorsing the natural sciences. Very few philosophers manage to do serious philosophical reflection on the sciences while avoiding unnecessary and uninspired (...)
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  11. Miguel de Beistegui (2007). Another Step, Another Direction: A Response to Zizek’s ‘Why Heidegger Made The Right Step in 1933. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (4).
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  12. Gregory Fried (2007). Where’s the Point?: Slavoj Žižek and the Broken Sword. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (4).
    While Žižek is right to assert both that Heidegger’s political engagement must be confronted as a genuine philosophical challenge and that our modern predicament demands new thinking, I argue that Žižek is wrong to claim that Heidegger made the right step in 1933, even if in the wrong direction. Using the same story as Žižek, G. K. Chesterton’s “The Sign of the Broken Sword,” I argue that Žižek’s sword is also broken, because in the absence of a “big Other,” it (...)
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  13. Peter Gratton (2010). Change We Can’T Believe In: Adrian Johnston on Badiou, Žižek, & Political Transformation. International Journal of Žižek Studies 4 (3).
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  14. Adrian Johnston (2010). Meta-Dialectics and the Balancing Acts of Žižekianism: A Response to Fabio Vighi. International Journal of Žižek Studies 4 (1).
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  15. Adrian Johnston (2007). Addendum: ‘Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom!’ - Some Brief Remarks on and Responses to Žižek’s ‘Badiou: Notes From an Ongoing Debate’. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (2).
    In this article Adrian Johnston replies to Žižek's account of his interpretation of Badiou's notion of the event.
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  16. Adrian Johnston (2007). From the Spectacular Act to the Vanishing Act: Badiou, Žižek, and the Politics of Lacanian Theory. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.
    This article is a chapter in Did Somebody Say Ideology?: Slavoj Žižek in a Post-Ideological Universe, Fabio Vighi and Heiko Feldner [ed.], Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007.
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  17. Adrian Johnston (2007). The Cynic’s Fetish: Slavoj Žižek and the Dynamics of Belief. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.
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  18. Adrian Johnston (2007). There is Truth, and Then There Are Truths—or, Slavoj Žižek as a Reader of Alain Badiou. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.
    The paper was first published in -turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies, vol. 2, Spring 2005, pp. 85-141.
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  19. Adrian Johnston (2007). The Quick and the Dead: Alain Badiou and the Split Speeds of Transformation. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (2).
    Although not mentioning Žižek specifically, Adrian Johnston's "The Quick and the Dead: Alain Badiou and the Split Speeds of Transformation" is referred to in detail by Žižek in this Issue's opening article and so is included for the sake of completeness and as a useful resource for scholars of both Žižek and Badioiu.
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  20. Thomas Lynch (2010). Religion and Revolution: Slavoj Žižek’s Challenge to Liberation Theology. International Journal of Žižek Studies 4 (4).
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  21. Todd Mcgowan (2010). The Necessity of Belief, Or, The Trouble with Atheism. International Journal of Žižek Studies 4 (1).
    This article argues that despite Slavoj Zizek's public embrace of atheism, his philosophy shows us that religious belief is actually necessary. Rather than fighting against religious belief in the manner of the new atheists , we should work to reveal how belief follows from a structural necessity instead of an act of faith. This is the proper task for the critique of ideology, and showing the necessity of belief strips belief of its psychic power.
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  22. Todd Mcgowan (2007). Introduction: Enjoying the Cinema. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (3).
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  23. Todd Mcgowan (2007). Serious Theory. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (1).
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  24. Todd Mcgowan (2007). The Violence of Creation in "The Prestige". International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (3).
    One of the central ideas of Slavoj Žižek’s recent work is that liberation never occurs without some form of sacrifice. As he puts it, “liberation hurts.” Through its account of the intertwined lives of two magicians competing to outdo each other, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige explores this idea by emphasizing the necessary role that sacrifice and loss play in the act of artistic creation and in all production of the new. By doing so, it points toward an alternative form of (...)
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  25. John Mcsweeney (2011). The Cold Cruelty of Ethics: Žižek, Kristof and Reflexive Subjectivization. International Journal of Žižek Studies 5 (4).
    In The Monstrosity of Christ, Slavoj Žižek cites the twins Claus and Lucas, from Agota Kristof’s The Notebook, as exemplars of the simultaneously naive and reflexive stance, which he considers to be crucial to a materialist ethics. This article argues, however, that the twins’ stance suffers from a ‘blindness’ as to the ethicality of their acts, shared by Žižek’s own ethics. It proposes that, by situating their actions within the trilogy to which The Notebook belongs, a richer three-fold ethics of (...)
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  26. Maciej Nowicki & Slavoj Žižek (2008). Jeżeli Boga nie ma, wszystko jest zakazane. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2.
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  27. Ian Parker (2012). Žižek, NSK, Marxism, Psychoanalysis and the State: Cynicism and Resistance to Capitalism and Bureaucracy in Europe. International Journal of Žižek Studies 6 (1).
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  28. Ian Parker (2010). Psychoanalysis and Politics: Connections and Disjunctions in Žižek’s Defence of Lost Causes. International Journal of Žižek Studies 4 (2).
    Žižek’s work brings to the surface an important question bubbling away in the Left in many parts of the world for many years concerning the role of psychoanalysis in political theory, particularly revolutionary Marxist political theory which is at one and the same time designed to interpret and change the world. His In Defence of Lost Causes is one of the strongest texts and test cases in this respect, for it elaborates connections between psychoanalysis and politics while embedding the political (...)
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  29. Ian Parker (2009). Ian Parker’s Preface to the Slovenian Edition of Slavoj Žižek: A Critical Introduction. International Journal of Žižek Studies 3 (2).
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  30. Ian Parker (2008). Conversation with Slavoj Žižek About "Slavoj Žižek : A Critical Introduction". International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (3).
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  31. Ian Parker (2008). ‘Preface To Slovene Edition’ Of Ian Parker's Slavoj Žižek: A Critical Introduction. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (3).
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  32. Ed Pluth (2007). Against Spontaneity: The Act as Over-Censorship in Badiou, Lacan, and Žižek. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (2).
    Recent discussions of the notion of the act in Lacan and Žižek have made the act out to be something like a stand in for the old idea of freedom. And so, the debate tends to be about whether acts are spontaneous or not, whether they result from decisions coming from a conscious subject or not, and what relation acts have to the circumstances that precede them. But much of this debate may be a red herring. I will be taking (...)
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  33. Richard Polt (2007). The Burning Cup: Or, Im Anfang War Die Tat. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (4).
    Zizek is right to focus on the element of action in Heidegger's political engagement and to try to develop what I call a traumatic ontology that would supplement Heidegger's thought of the 1930s . However, I draw on Arendt's distinction between work and action to show that both Zizek and Heidegger misunderstand the nature of action. Work can be carried out by a lone, silent creator and normally requires violence; action is necessarily interpersonal and consists of speech, first and foremost. (...)
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  34. Robert Sinnerbrink (2010). Goodbye Lenin?: Žižek on Neo-Liberal Ideology and Post-Marxist Politics. International Journal of Žižek Studies 4 (2).
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  35. Robert Sinnerbrink (2008). The Hegelian “Night of the World”: Žižek on Subjectivity, Negativity, and Universality. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (2).
    This article explores the Hegelian ‘night of the world’ that plays such an important role in Žižek’s theorisation of the subject. In the first part, I examine how the themes of the “pre-synthetic imagination” and “abstract negativity" are crucial to understanding Žižek’s theorisation of the Hegelian subject. In the second part, I consider how this Hegelian model of the subject is decisive for understanding Žižek’s conception of Hegelian “concrete universality,” and how the latter concept figures prominently in Žižek’s analysis of (...)
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  36. Lenart Škof (2010). On Progressive Alternative: Unger Versus Žižek. Synthesis Philosophica 25 (1):93-100.
    In the paper we discuss the question of the future of democracy within some current projects of the emancipatory politics. We first critically approach Žižek’s and Badiou’s well-known revitalization of the idea of communism and link their projects to the burning issues of inequalities in the world system. Following this approach we elaborate on R.M. Unger’s recent book The Self Awakened and both defend his version of radicalized pragmatism and enlarge some of his uses of pragmatism to wider politico-ethical contexts.
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  37. Paul Taylor (2011). Videos - Žižek & Taylor in London + Taylor's Lecture on "Violence". International Journal of Žižek Studies 5 (3).
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  38. Paul Taylor (2010). Edition Francaise - Appel à contributions. International Journal of Žižek Studies 4 (2).
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  39. Paul Taylor (2010). Excerpts From the Forthcoming Book "Žižek and the Media". International Journal of Žižek Studies 4.
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  40. Paul Taylor (2010). Excerpts From "Zizek and the Media". International Journal of Žižek Studies 4 (4).
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  41. Paul Taylor (2009). Iberian/Latin American Special Issue - Call For Papers. International Journal of Žižek Studies 3 (2).
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  42. Paul Taylor (2009). Zizek and Iran. International Journal of Žižek Studies 3 (3).
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  43. Paul Taylor (2008). Call for Papers - Chinese Language Issue. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (1).
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  44. Paul Taylor (2008). Žižek on Video. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (3).
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  45. Paul Taylor (2008). Rutgers University Conference Call For Papers - Ethics & Psychoanalysis. International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (1).
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  46. Paul Taylor (2007). Call for Papers and Special Issues. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (3).
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  47. Paul Taylor (2007). Enlaces Externos en Español. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.
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  48. Paul Taylor (2007). Žižek! - A Conversation with Paul A. Taylor for Kritikos. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.
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  49. Paul Taylor (2007). Online Resources in English. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1.
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  50. Paul Taylor (2007). Special Issue on Race - Call for Papers. International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (3).
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