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Dubbed "The Elvis of Philosophy," Slavoj Zizeck is both a serious revolutionary and an absurdist prankster, published in academic journals and Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs. Besides his work on popular culture, Zizek is concerned with politics and ideology. Introducing Slavoj Zizek reveals a provocateur whose work on Lacanian psychoanalysis collides with Marxist philoso ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Icon Books (first published September 8th 2011)
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Dec 18, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
I was slightly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. If you're looking for an introduction to Zizek's ontological project, this isn't for you. It has all of two references to Hegel and calling them cursory would be generous. While this omission would probably lead the man himself to label the book worthless and reductionist, there is a notable "But!" If you're looking for a concise overview of his politics and an exploration of some of his cultural studies work, this is a nice supplement to ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Alain rated it liked it
Está bien como introducción a la obra de Žižek, como resumen de su pensamiento. Si has leído un par de libros suyos, este resumen no te va a decir nada nuevo, probablemente. Pero bueno, está bien, es ameno y muy didáctico, aunque peca de comentarlo todo muy por encima y sin profundizar un poco en alguno de los temas centrales de la filosofía del esloveno.
Raghu nath
Oct 22, 2015 Raghu nath rated it really liked it
This books does its job well, explains Zizek's fascinating insights in as clear a language as possible. Definitely makes me want to read more about him!

Agree with him or not, he always has something interesting to say.

اللغة البصرية المستخدمة في عرض هذه السلسلة هي تقنية الرسوم اليابانية "المانغا" والسلسلة عبارة عن مجموعة كتيبات مبسطة تتناول موضوعات فكرية وثقافية في قالب قصصي مصور

نقلت هذه الكتيبات إلى اللغة العربية مرتين الأولى من خلال المركز القومي للترجمة بمصر وحملت عنوان سلسلة [أقدم لك] والثانية بواسطة دار المتوسط تحت مسمى سلسلة [مقدمات] أما النسخة الأولى "أقدم لك" فتعاني من ضعف الترجمة وتدني مستوى الطباعة وهي عيوب تجاوزتها دار المتوسط في طبعتها المعدة بصورة أفضل
Sam Eccleston
May 01, 2016 Sam Eccleston rated it really liked it
This is a comprehensive overview of Zizek's perspective on a variety of topics. As such, it provides perhaps the clearest outline I have read of his ideas, and of the peculiar lacunae that they contain. For example, why does Zizek's acceptance of Saussurian ideas about language lead him to believe that meaning is always deferred, rather than that different concepts mutually reinforce each other? Why does this conclusion in turn imply that systems of signifiers are somehow fundamentally unreal? ...more
Ian Mathers
Dec 31, 2014 Ian Mathers rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, 2014
The second of this series of light introductions I've read; I should note that my rating is mostly just about how well I think the book gives a primer on Zizek, not on how well it evaluates his theories or the worth of his writing itself. Unsurprisingly, this small, quick read doesn't really contain any of the major criticisms of Zizek I've seen (and I'm sure the ones I have seen aren't exhaustive), but in terms of making me feel like I know where to start and some basic background if I do ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it
I love these Icon Introducing... books and wish they'd been around when I was taking my 'A' levels. I have a few of them now, and they provide an easily digestible introduction to subjects such as psychoanalysis and philosophy. I suppose a test of how good this one is, is if I can tell you anything about Slavoj Zizek. I'm afraid any failings would be on the part of my memory, not because the book is no good. All I can really say, is that Zizek is a philosopher for our time, who engages with the ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Graham rated it really liked it
A breezy, nicely written introduction to the general ideas of Zizek. Flits quickly from topic to topic, but such is the nature of Zizek's work anyway.

There is little to no insight into the way in which Zizek bases his much of his work on that of Hegel and Lacan, but to embark on such an explanation would have probably been far too lengthy or complex an endeavour for such a book. This book almost exclusively explores Zizek's political and cultural ideas, rather than the more abstract psycho-phil
Kirk Battle
Apr 01, 2013 Kirk Battle rated it really liked it
Great introduction to a really important critical thinker of today. In terms of what you're getting, it's a selection of his theories that are the most poignant, recognizable, or applicable combined with solid breakdowns. I still check the book over when I'm reading his other texts just to ground myself in something logical.

What's missing is...the long rants and Jung-style analogies for subconscious concepts. The basic stumbling block of psychoanalysis for people is that you're not really consci
Aug 24, 2015 Kyle rated it liked it
Shelves: phd-studies
On the hunt for a way into a very chatty and dynamic thinker's mind, I picked up the pocket-sized graphic guide and was entertained - tantalized actually. A lot of big ideas get boiled down to key quotations while images of violence and indifference towards it make this quantum-informed reality even more uncertain. Back to On Belief or maybe the Parallax View for more on the digitized game we seem to be experiencing.
Peter Landau
Aug 01, 2015 Peter Landau rated it liked it
This is the second of the graphic biography series that I’ve read, and like the first on Plato it offers an overview of a difficult subject. In this case, that’s Slavoj Žižek, who I’ve known of for a long time, but only now know something about his ideas. They’re interesting. I seem to be drawn lately to people whose names I can’t pronounce. But that may be a good thing, it prevents me from talking about them.
Oliver Ho
Jul 24, 2014 Oliver Ho rated it really liked it
This started off slowly with biographical details, and then became totally engrossing and complex, while still managing to convey ideas in a straightforward and understandable way. That being said, I can't say I've absorbed all or any of it, and I'll definitely return to this again to refresh my memory.
Jan 19, 2015 Andre rated it it was ok
Shelves: thinker-s-books
While it has its fair share of notable aphorisms that will pause to make one think, I would think this book's lack of clear structure common to all graphic guide introductions makes it particularly confusing or, as Zizek might say himself, discursive.

While discursiveness is ok, I'd think it would be shelved in favour of lucidity when introducing someone to a topic.
Apr 21, 2014 Kolumbina rated it really liked it
I am very proud of Slavoj Zizek. I was born in Ljubljana in Slovenija and it was interesting to read a book in English by my countryman. I completely agree with Zizek in a lot of things. More than anything the question of Theology and church is applicable especially after reading all these articles abot pedophilia...
Mark Nichols
Mar 06, 2016 Mark Nichols rated it really liked it
Good overview, though fairly complex as you'd expect given the need to concentrate Zizek's points. Thought-provoking and a great introduction to Zizek... I think I'll be reading and disagreeing with more of Zizek's work now. He makes me think, which is what really counts! I suspect Zizek will be my Rorty of the 2010s.
Feb 27, 2016 Jeangougou rated it liked it
A light read, factual about Zizek's life.
A quick overview of many of his points of views on very specific topics.
Anecdotal but fun and interesting, the cartoons keep up the pace of the almost colloquial writing style
C. Derick
May 18, 2015 C. Derick rated it really liked it
Fairly standard explication of Zizek's ideas until about 2010. It does not significantly discuss Zizek's work on German idealism, but does cover Zizek's reading of Lacan and Christianity as well as his Pre-2010 political ideas fairly clearly and humorously.
May 25, 2012 Martin rated it really liked it
Quite confusing. I couldn't understand some of the psychoanalytic parts of Zizek, and more pages devoted to Zizek's communist/Marxist ideas would have been nice (as so many of his talks are about that) but a good informative book nonetheless.
Vikas Datta
Sep 03, 2014 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and marvellous introduction to a contentious, often controversial but a most relevant thinker whose ideas on politics, economy, ecology and of course, the human condition are most valid.
Jan 11, 2015 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learning my unfreedoms

This was my second Ziziek book after reading the Desert of the Real. Both were intense but worth the investment.
Jul 20, 2012 Timothy rated it really liked it
Wouldn't necessarily agree with everything the guy says, but he is definitely a very interesting other perspective.
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