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. Temporal Ontology in Ecology: Developing an Ecological Awareness Through Time, Temporality and the Past-Present Parallax.Jack Black & Jim Cherrington - 2021 - Environmental Philosophy 18 (1):41-63.
    Theoretical applications of time and temporality remain a key consideration for both climate scientists and the humanities. By way of extending this importance, we critically examine Timothy Morton’s proposed “ecological awareness” alongside Slavoj Žižek’s “parallax view”. In doing so, the article introduces a “past-present parallax” in order to contest that, while conceptions of the past are marked by “lack”, equally, our conceptions of and relations to Nature remain grounded in an ontological incompleteness, marked by contingency. This novel approach presents an (...)
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  2. Ph.D. Carlos Herrera de la Fuente.Carlos Herrera de la Fuente - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    Open Letter to Comrade Žižek is an attempt to question and highlight some incongruous points that Slavoj Žižek, one of the greatest critics of capitalism and its ideological effects in the contemporary world, expressed in his latest books about the Pandemics. The text focuses in the economic, political, social and cultural consequences of Žižek’s position and goes further in developing another position related to the spread of COVID-19 and the preventive measures to fight it.
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  3. Book Review: Breaking Through Schizophrenia: Lacan and Hegel for Talk Therapy. Wilfried Ver Eecke. [REVIEW]Mark Gerard Murphy - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    A book review of Wilfried Ver Eecke's 2019 work, Breaking Through Schizophrenia: Lacan and Hegel for Talk Therapy.
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  4. Žižek and Religion: Notes for a Dialogue.Fabiano Veliq - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    This article intent to bring some notes to understand the role of religion in the work of Slavoj Žižek. Is quite clear that religion is a big problem that Žižek faces in some of his book and to us is quite clear that his concern about this theme is extremely important to his view on politics and psychoanalysis. This article points out some insights about the main themes that Žižek works in his book about religion. We have no intent to (...)
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  5. “The One Who Decides on the Exception”: The Sovereign and Sovereignty in Slavoj Žižek’s Political Theology After Carl Schmitt and Giorgio Agamben.Hue Woodson - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    At the intersection of “the theological” and “the political,” the situatedness of the sovereign dictates the task and method of political theology. It is the sovereign, in particular, positioned between “the theological” and “the political,” that is responsible for existentializing what is theologized and what is politicized through the power of sovereignty. Through this sovereignty, the sovereign creates, defines, and oversees all the existential dimensions of a theological-political environment, especially with respect to exclusiveness and inclusiveness, marginalization and belongingness, and what (...)
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  6. Between Reality and Fantasy: The Case of Slavoj Žižek and Arthur Miller.Rayyane Shukr - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    Tolerance, equality, and universal love are all strategies that veil the reality of the relationship between the Self and the Other. Whether in the writings of Slavoj Žižek, Arthur Miller, or Jacques Lacan, the definition of "reality", as they explain, is something hidden with all sorts of false claims about the "real". The real is ugly, and reality is just an illusion that conceals the ugly truth. Each of these writers establishes that the self is living in an illusion that (...)
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  7. To Thrive in These Times: Capabilities, Negativity, and the Pandemic.Edward Ryan Teather-Posadas - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare many of the inadequacies of our capitalist systems, as Žižek extols in Pandemic! COVID-19 Shakes the World. This essay explores how the capabilities approach, as outlined by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum, may be re-examined in the light of this new viral reality by the contributions of Slavoj Žižek and Byung-Chul Han. The capability approach, as it stands, suffers from two missing pieces: that of an acknowledgement of the necessity of negativity as a foil (...)
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  8. From Tribalism to Sectarianism: An Attempt at Theorizing Constitutional Othering in Contemporary Levant.Vicky Panossian - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    In ancient Rome, there was no need for people to have distinct names, they followed that of their tribe. For instance, a family of four children would classify their kids as young, middle, old, and first-born. There was no need for them to have their own identity because this identity was no expected to serve any purpose. Although two thousand years have gone by, this ideological reproduction of the self into a miniature replica is still present within contemporary Levantine societies. (...)
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  9. The Fade Out: Metaphysics and Dialectics in Wagner.Eugene A. Clayton Jr - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    This article is a critique of the failure of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. It considers this as a metaphysical problem rather than an aesthetic or formal one. The article, considering Wagner’s inheritance from Haydn, claims him as the first composer of the culture industry. This will lead the author to conclusions regarding a gendered Das Unheimlich, the distinction between technology and technique, and the philosophy of aesthetics.
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  10. Holy Shit: Excremental Philosophy, Religious Ontology, and Spiritual Revelation.Sean Christopher Hall - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    Žižek seems to find great inspiration in Christianity. It is central to The Fragile Absolute: Or, Why Is the Christian Legacy Worth Fighting For?, The Puppet and the Dwarf, and The Monstrosity of Christ. Indeed, even in his more singularly philosophical and political texts we find that Christianity is often vital to his overall argumentative strategy. This is somewhat surprising given his declared position as an atheist. Yet what seems to appeal to him in Christianity is that, as a religion, (...)
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  11. Protest as an Act of Love.Martin Bekker - 2021 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 15 (1).
    In a world filled with “ambient violence”, public protest is a vital signal of shared discontent. The essential compulsion at the heart of protest, however, is conventionally not recognised for what it is: solidarity with those suffering injustices. Amid authorities’ often-fierce efforts to curtail gatherings of people whose experiences of injustice propel them into the streets, a sharp rise in public protests has been perceived since the early 2000s. Thousands of column inches dedicated to reporting on protests are rivalled in (...)
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  12. Sport and the ‘National Thing’: Exploring Sport’s Emotive Significance.Jack Black - 2020 - Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics:X.
    This article critically details how the work of Slavoj Žižek theoretically elaborates on the links between nationalism and sport. Notably, it highlights how key terms, drawn from Žižek’s work on fantasy, ideology and the Real (itself grounded in the work of Jacques Lacan), can be used to explore the relationship between sport, nationalism and enjoyment (jouissance). In outlining this approach, specific attention is given to Žižek’s account of the ‘national Thing’. Accordingly, by considering the various ways in which sport organizes, (...)
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  13. Revisión de Las Publicaciones Académicas En Chile y Perú: Influencia de Slavoj Žižek En la Filosofía y Literatura.Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo, Paolo de Lima, Axel Fuentes Silva & Jamadier Esteban Uribe Muñoz - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    Resumen: El presente documento tiene por objeto indagar en las publicaciones académicas de dos saberes: la filosofía y la literatura. A partir de allí, se identificó la influencia de las ideas del filósofo Slavoj Žižek en esos documentos -artículos y libros-. Esta revisión se centró en dos países de la región latinoamericana tal como lo son Chile y Perú. Se revisaron las producciones académicas que hacen menciones a las hipotesis del esloveno trazando un recorrido histórico que permite identificar cual es (...)
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  14. Freud, Lacan, Marx, Žižek.Susana Lentino - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    El objetivo del presente trabajo es hacer una reseña de los conceptos fundamentales que elabora Slavoj Žižek en su libro “El sublime objeto de la ideología”. Tomaré algunas ideas centrales acerca del síntoma, la ideología y la fantasía, así como también haré algunos comentarios. Žižek nos advierte de no caer en las trampas actuales ilusorias de que vivimos en una época posideológica.
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  15. Žižek, Universalismo y Colonialismo: Doce Tesis Para No Aceptarlo Todo.David Pavón-Cuéllar - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    Resumen A diferencia de trabajos anteriores sobre el universalismo y el colonialismo en el pensamiento filosófico y político de Žižek, el presente artículo se basa en profundas coincidencias con este pensamiento, así como en irreductibles discrepancias con respecto a muchos de sus detractores. Todo esto no impide que se disienta con respecto a dos puntos fundamentales del filósofo esloveno: su posición universalista abiertamente eurocéntrica y su concepción positiva del colonialismo. La doble divergencia es resumida y justificada en las siguientes doce (...)
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  16. La Potencia de la Negatividad En Zizek Como Condición de la Práctica Psicoanalítica Lacaniana.Jairo Gallo Acosta - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    Resumen El sujeto es negatividad, pero esto no es ninguna carencia o falta, al contrario, es potencia: La sustancia, su autocontracción en un punto vacío, es la singularidad como lo opuesto a la particularidad el sujeto es el poder de la negatividad. Así la negatividad del sujeto es eso que va más allá de cualquier sustancia particular. La negatividad de la que plantea este trabajo tomará la vía que se propone desde la propuesta del filósofo esloveno Zizek desde su apuesta (...)
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  17. Sobre “Lenin: The Day After the Revolution” (2017) y “Revolution at the Gates” (2002) de Slavoj Zizek.Claudio Aguayo Bórquez - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    En una cita más o menos desconocida, el filósofo italiano Antonio Gramsci señala que una teoría es revolucionaria cuando es inaccesible al campo adversario. ¿No es eso precisamente lo que vemos que pasa en Chile, el país latinoamericano donde explotó una de las revueltas más largas de las últimas décadas? Después del estallido del 18 de octubre, en efecto, los intelectuales chilenos de derecha se han dedicado a un salvataje teórico de su posición económica y política. Reinventando los motes conceptuales (...)
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  18. El lugar de los negados.J. Cristián Zegpi - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    ¿Es posible pensar en un psicoanálisis de la exclusión, vinculado a alteraciones en los procesos de constitución de identidad, en torno a fenómenos como la inmigración o la aceptación de lo diverso? Podría pensarse que en la clínica hay evidencia de sobra sobre los efectos traumáticos en los sujetos, objeto, directamente de migraciones familiares, o de antepasados de éstos que, persiguiendo la ilusión de un porvenir vinculado con la fantasía del promise land, arribaron a nuevos territorios desconociendo lo que les (...)
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  19. Análisis de la ayuda humanitaria por los cárteles de narcotráfico a la población mexicana como fenómeno violento.Jonathan Christy Baldazo Delgadillo, Lilia López López, Arturo Román Cesar Sanjuan, Selene Roldán Ruiz & José Luis Albarrán Mejía - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    Resumen El presente artículo realiza un análisis de los apoyos otorgados por los cárteles de narcotráfico en México, desde la lectura del aparato crítico de Slavoj Žižek, quien sienta las bases para la interpretación de la ayuda humanitaria como un acto violento. Por lo que, el siguiente texto abarca desde la filosofía Žižekianay el psicoanálisis lacaniano, el fenómeno de la violencia ejercida por la figura del comunista liberal, en un comparativo con el crimen organizado mexicano, intentando desentrañar la estructura básica (...)
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  20. Coronavirus y fin del neoliberalismo.Nora Merlin - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    Resumen Slavoj Zizek, afirmó que el coronavirus implicó la irrupción de lo real lacaniano en tanto imposible al saber y a lo simbólico, agujereó a la ciencia, la ideología y conmovió los cimientos del sistema global. El virus destrozó certezas ideológicas e identificaciones, cambió la escena del mundo y produjo en la subjetividad una desestabilización fantasmática de las fijaciones neoliberales sedimentadas en la cultura. Arriesgamos la hipótesis de que el coronavirus está llamado a funcionar como el significante que marca un (...)
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  21. Revisión de Las Publicaciones Académicas En Chile y Perú: Influencia de Slavoj Žižek En la Filosofía y Literatura.Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo, Paolo de Lima, Alex Fuentes Silva & Jamadier Esteban Uribe Muñoz - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (3).
    Resumen: El presente documento tiene por objeto indagar en las publicaciones académicas de dos saberes: la filosofía y la literatura. A partir de allí, se identificó la influencia de las ideas del filósofo Slavoj Žižek en esos documentos -artículos y libros-. Esta revisión se centró en dos países de la región latinoamericana tal como lo son Chile y Perú. Se revisaron las producciones académicas que hacen menciones a las hipotesis del esloveno trazando un recorrido histórico que permite identificar cual es (...)
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  22. Hegel and Spinoza: Substance and Negativity by Gregor Moder. [REVIEW]Robb Dunphy - 2018 - Studies in Social and Political Thought 28:64-68.
    Review of Hegel and Spinoza: Substance and Negativity, by Gregor Moder.
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  23. Zizek and His Panic: A Critical Schellingian Review.Virgilio Aquino Rivas - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    True to his early Schellingian roots, Slavoj Zizek, in his recent book, Pandemic! Covid-19 Shakes the World describes a virus as “a kind of zero-level life,” invoking Schelling’s Naturphilosophie. Perhaps the closest reference, though Zizek did not mention it, is his second major work on the subject, namely, First Outline of A System of the Philosophy of Nature where Schelling originally propounded the theory of nature’s ‘duplicity’. In the following discussions, we will situate Zizek’s timely intervention within the context of (...)
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  24. Obvious: Žižek is Žižek!Imanol Galfarsoro - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    One of Žižek’s main features is ambivalence and in this book he also remains rather pessimistic. The pandemic will not change society for the better, Žižek claims. The only thing that seems clear is that the virus will destroy the foundations of our lives bringing about a considerable amount of damage and suffering. As he also points out right from the outset, moreover, the epidemic will not make us any wiser. Through this blend of ambivalence and pessimism, Žižek develops a (...)
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  25. The Appointment in Samara: A New Use for Some Old Jokes.Slavoj Žižek - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    On various occasions when writing previously I’ve recounted a joke about a man who believes himself to be a grain of seed and is taken to a mental institution where the doctors do their best to convince him that he is not a seed but a human being. When they eventually succeed, he is allowed to leave the hospital. But he then returns immediately, trembling with fear. He reports that there is a chicken outside the entrance and he is terrified (...)
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  26. Sex, Love and Coronavirus.Slavoj Žižek - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    In Ireland, HSE issued guidelines about practicing sex in the time of coronavirus, and the two key recommendations are: “Taking a break from physical and face-to face interactions is worth considering, especially if you usually meet your sex partners online or make a living by having sex. Consider using video dates, sexting or chat rooms. Make sure to disinfect keyboards and touch screens that you share with others. / Masturbation will not spread coronavirus, especially if you wash your hands with (...)
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  27. COVID-19 and the Real Impossible.Jack Black - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    This article approaches the COVID-19 pandemic as an inherently antagonistic phenomenon. To do so, it carries forward the philosophical contentions that Žižek outlines in his Pandemic! COVID-19 Shakes the World, as well as his wider work. With reference to the parallax Real and McGowan’s Hegelian contradiction, it is demonstrated that Žižek’s philosophical premises hold a unique importance in politically confronting COVID-19. Indeed, by drawing specific attention to the various ways in which our confrontations with the Real expose the limitations of (...)
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  28. Covid-19 en Latinoamérica: Una exploración desde la perspectiva de Slavoj Žižek.Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    Resumen: La rápida proliferación de la pandemia del Covid-19 por todo el mundo, trajo consigo una suerte de despertar respecto de las producciones teóricas y/o científicas en el terreno de las Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades. Según el Coronavirus Resource Center de la John Hopkins University al día 04 de mayo se registran un total de 6.570.362 de casos confirmados de contagio y pérdidas humanas a nivel mundial de un total de 387.634. Ahora bien, desde temprana data en el contexto pandémico (...)
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  29. Deconstructing the Panic of Pandemic A Critical Review of Slavoj Žižek’s Pandemic! COVID-19 Shakes the World.David Gunkel - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    Slavoj Žižek’s new book [...] was written at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and quickly rushed into publication in an effort to provide the public with a philosophical engagement with the opportunities and challenges of the novel coronavirus and the social, political, and technological responses that have been marshalled to contend with the panic that has accompanied it.
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  30. "Spirit is a Virus": A Review of Pan(Dem)Ic! [REVIEW]Attay Kremer - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    Žižek’s new book — Panic!: COVID-19 Shakes the World — has been too easily dismissed. As readers, we are bombarded with reasons, from critiques to ridicule, to avoid it, or simply not to take it seriously. In this review, I argue that the Panic! contains a philosophical revolution that is directed at our extreme contemporary condition. The speculative judgement that Žižek suggests — “Spirit is a Virus” — embodies a call for the acceptance of the virality of humanity, and for (...)
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  31. Book Review - A Left That Dares to Speak Its Name. [REVIEW]Evan Supple - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (2).
    Slavoj Žižek’s latest book, A Left That Dares to Speak Its Name, is an anthology composed of 34 of the philosopher’s recent and, of course, polemical interventions into the public media. With topics ranging from Greta Thunberg to ‘rights for sexbots’ and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to #MeToo, each intervention is typical of Žižek’s tendentious style and offers acute insight into an aspect of the current ‘global mess’.
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  32. Lacan as Political Historian: Reevaluating Aspects of the ‘Chilean Miracle’ Through a Psychoanalytic Lens.Stuart Bennett - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    The use of Lacanian psychoanalysis in political study has expanded in recent years, however, existing scholarly work focuses on contemporary political issues. Little attempt has been made to apply elements of Lacan’s psychoanalytic theories to moments in political history. This paper is the first to address this. As the popularisation of Lacan in this discipline has largely emerged on the back of the work of Slavoj Žižek, this paper utilises Lacanian theory as interpreted by Žižek. This study selects three aspects (...)
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  33. Bong Joon Ho's Parasite and Post-2008 Revolts: From the Discourses of the Master to the Destituent Power of the Real.Joseba Gabilondo - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    Bong Joon Ho's Parasite has been globally praised for presenting a new perspective on class conflict and for placing the precarious working class at its center. Prestigious awards such the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival or the unprecedented Oscar for the Best Film of the Year only corroborate this global consensus. But I think it's the opposite. Parasite is an overworked and convoluted narrative about the impossibility of overcoming, dismantling, or exiting neoliberal capitalism. Literally, the South Korean film is (...)
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  34. Tarrying with Hopeless Angels: A Theo-Poetic, Lacanian Exposition on Hope.Mark Gerard Murphy & Barney Barney Carroll - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    This paper is a theo-poetic exposition on hope via the series Neon Genesis Evangelion. The authors work to counter the dilemma of the modern human-cyborg: a subject saturated with digital technology who wants to fight the horror of their continual experience of a commodified hope. What emerges in this paper’s analysis is the articulation of three kinds of hope. The first kind is a prosaic general hope of the imaginary; the second is a rational hope of the symbolic, while the (...)
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  35. “To His Coy Mistress” as Memento Mori: Reading Marvell After Zizek.Geoff Boucher - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    Andrew Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” is one of the best known and most commented on poems in the English language. According to the critical consensus, the poem is a seduction gambit in the “Carpe Diem” tradition. Interpretive debate therefore revolves around the significance of the allusions and imagery of the poem, rather than its central meaning. Moving against the current, this article challenges the critical consensus that Marvell’s “To His Coy Mistress” is a poem that has seduction as its (...)
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  36. A Comparative Study of BR and BR 2049 From Zizekian Subjectivity.Zhiang Chen - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    This article analyses and compares the classical science fiction film Blade Runner and its recent sequel Blade Runner 2049 from the perspective of Zizek's subjectivity theory. Through Zizek's tracing and weaving the concept of subjectivity from Descartes' radical doubt to metaphysical subject and then death drive in Lacanian psychoanalysis, it will argue that the principle concern of this film is the issue of subjectivity, and while carefully scrutinizing replicants in the films with the multi-faceted conception of Zizekian subject, a detailed (...)
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  37. The Shape of Thought: Subject, Executor, Author.Sean Christopher Hall - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    Descartes conspicuous realisation in the 17 th century that reason alone could not validate itself led inexorably to the idea that God must be the form of metaphysical force that could supply the ultimate support that would allow us to know our own thoughts for certain. Similarly, Hume’s extraordinary insight in the 18 th century that our experiences are not intrinsically connected in terms of how we enjoy them led him to require that something natural must be posited to hold (...)
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  38. "What About Life?" What Starts as Contingency is Understood Retroactively as Necessary.Bradley Kaye - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    There is an emphasis on the politics of ‘life’ through the lens of ‘marginalization’ and the giving and taking away of life with the solution being reducible to Said’s understanding of the marginalized making a “voyage in” from the periphery to reclaiming the center. While clearly these are useful political questions, they reach an impasse, which Zizek’s work while is in favor of immigration and open borders, correctly raises some anxieties about the politics of life from a completely different perspective. (...)
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  39. Kafka’s The Trial, Psychoanalysis, and the Administered Society.Rebecca L. Thacker - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    Analyses of Kafka’s The Trial often read the text as an existentialist work, arguing that the novel metaphorizes the absurdity of a modern world where God no longer exists. However, I agree with Slavoj Žižek, who posits that such a modernist reading ignores what is most vital in Kafka’s text—that the absence of God is “always already filled by an inert, obscene, revolting presence”. I argue that this “revolting presence” for Josef K is the presence of the Court; The Trial (...)
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  40. ‘Nature Doesn’T Care That We’Re There’: Re-Symbolizing Nature’s ‘Natural’ Contingency.Jack Black & Jim Cherrington - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    This article draws upon the work of Timothy Morton and Slavoj Žižek in order to critically examine how mountain bike trail builders orientated themselves within nature relations. Beginning with a discussion of the key ontological differences between Morton’s object-oriented ontology and Žižek’s blend of Hegelian-Lacanianism, we explore how Morton’s dark ecology and Žižek’s account of the radical contingency of nature, can offer parallel paths to achieving an ecological awareness that neither idealises nor mythologises nature, but instead, acknowledges its strange and (...)
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  41. Flux Qua Gap: The Hegelian Deleuze.Xuelian He - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    This essay aims to answer the question: how does Žižek reconcile Hegel’s immanence of gap with Deleuze’s immanence of flux? The contrast between the Deleuzian flux and the Hegelian gap is positivity versus negativity, externality versus internality, and virtuality versus actuality. Via Lacanian not-all, Žižek inserts Hegelian negativity into the absolute positivity of the Deleuzian univocity. In keeping up with Hegelian immanence without externality, Žižek encloses Deleuzian externality by regarding anti-Oedipus as the inner transgression of desire via the shift of (...)
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  42. The Syntropic History of Writing.Amir Šulić - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    In this essay, I will try to elaborate the fundamental postulates of transdifferential ontology, developed through the inscription of some basic concepts of poststructuralist philosophy within the realm of general system theory. In this manner, a system/being will be conceptualized as set of elements which is organized as a functional whole, whose goal is not to establish a homeostasis but to menage and organize disruptive forces of lack/surplus, that represents non-mediated kernel of any system. Therefore, any system is fundamentally grounded (...)
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  43. “Right Step (Albeit in the Wrong Direction)”: Žižek on Heidegger’s Nazism and the Domestication of Nietzsche.Hue Woodson - 2020 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 14 (1).
    At a certain point in his in In Defense of Lost Causes, Slavoj Žižek suggests that, particularly with respect to Martin Heidegger's relationship with Nazism, Heidegger took "the right step." Not only does such a proposition provide a means to explain the direction Heidegger took in 1933 as it has been infamously pinpointed in his Rector's Address as the newly-inaugurated president of Freiburg, but it also becomes a means to explore Heidegger's turn towards Nietzsche by Winter 1936/1937 in a series (...)
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  44. I’D Prefer Another: Pub Culture as a Third-Way Resistance to Capitalism.Evan Renfro - 2019 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (3).
    This article focuses on applying some of Žižek’s theoretical work to a specific space within the capitalist conjuncture, the pub. Jürgen Habermas’ influential conception of the public sphere has shown the important role of the caffeine-centric cafés of the past in producing a lively democratic movement. As most any trip to a post-modern coffeehouse will attest, however, such locations have become little more than outlets for free and always individualized Wi-Fi. But the local pub, in the current political climate, has (...)
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  45. La Paralaje Crítica de la Realidad Escolar. Aportes Desde la Perspectiva Teórica de Slavoj Žižek.Alexander Reyes - 2019 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (3).
    Obertura: En este artículo se presenta un trabajo de investigación situada, cuyo objetivo general consiste en aportar elementos para una propuesta curricular alternativa desde algunos planteamientos teórico-metodológicos elaborados por Slavoj Žižek. El trabajo se desarrolló en la sede central de la I. E. San Juan de Barragán, institución rural de carácter oficial cuyo proyecto educativo institucional tiene como pilares fundamentales: al estudiante como “centro del proceso educativo”; un modelo educativo de corte “humanista”; énfasis en una “educación para la autonomía”; y (...)
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  46. Agape as Death Drive Christian Soteriology and Sacrament as Vectors of the Traumatic.Alwyn Lau - 2019 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (3).
    Psychoanalysis and Christianity hold forth the promise of genuinely radical change, transforming a person so substantially such that ‘nothing remains the same’; even if the objective conditions of one’s existence stay fixed, the very lens with which the ‘born again’ subject views the world would have undergone so traumatic an upheaval that values, priorities and everything previously deemed essential would have been reimagined. It is, quite truly, a new beginning. This paper aims to insinuate a close proximity between Žižekian concepts (...)
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  47. The Idea of the Party.Marc James Léger - 2019 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (3).
    Recent scholarship on the idea of communism leads to questions of organization and what Michael Hardt refers to as “the problem of leadership.” Beyond the critical assessment of the crises of contemporary capitalism, and beyond the existing social democratic solutions, a psychoanalytically-informed Žižekian notion of the party offers solutions to ultra-left theories of networked horizontalism as well as versions of the party that repeat the problems of communist modernism. If the context of climate change, economic inequality and political authoritarianism require (...)
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  48. Trashed Future: Waste Objects and Identity Politics in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.Shane Dennis Radke - 2019 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (3).
    This essay analyzes the eco-religious “God’s Gardeners” group as they appear in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood as a possible model of capitalist “non-existence,” exploring the alternative potentials at which they arrive in relation to waste throughout the text. The Gardeners present an affective mode of consumer non-participation as a possible first step toward a reflexive awareness of the role trash plays in our subjective experiences of the world. Through a process of symbolic embodiment, (...)
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  49. The Parrhesia of Neo-Fascism.Victor L. Shammas - 2019 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (3).
    In his late lectures, Foucault developed the ancient Greek concept of parrhesia, a courage to speak the truth in the face of danger. While not entirely uncritical of the notion, Foucault seemed to find something of an ideal in the political and aesthetic ideal of franc-parler, of speaking freely and courageously. Simultaneously, the post-1968 political valorized the ideal of parrhesia, or “speaking truth to power”: parrhesia seemed inherently progressive, the sole preserve of the left. But a cursory inspection of the (...)
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  50. Is There a Leftwing Anti-Populism? Meet Slavoj Žižek.Giorgos Venizelos, Antonis Galanopoulos & Thomás Zicman de Barros - 2019 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (3).
    In October 2018, Slavoj Žižek published a two-part contribution titled ‘Should the Left’s answer to rightist populism be really a ‘‘me too’’?’. In this text, Žižek reproduced his diachronic skepticism on populism as a fruitful strategy for the Left. In a critical vein, we believe that Žižek’s latest interventions join - unconsciously or not - an avalanche of anti-populist discourses that usually emanate from elitist politicians and journalists, and reproduce a moralist, alarmist stance against populism. As a consequence, anti-populist elitism (...)
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