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Zizek: A Guide for the Perplexed
by Sean Sheehan
One of the most widely-read thinkers writing today, Slavoj Žižek's work can be both thrilling and perplexing in equal measure. Žižek: A Guide for the Perplexed is the most up-to-date guide available for readers struggling to master the ideas of this hugely influential thinker. Unpacking the philosophical references that fill Žižek's writings, the book explores his ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 22nd 2012 by Bloomsbury Academic
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Perhaps not the best choice if you are brand new to continental philosophy or theory; but if you have a basic foundation Sheehan does a great job in showing how Zizek is in dialogue with Lacan, Kant, and Marx. He also includes useful summaries of Zizek's most important texts and suggestions for further secondary sources.
Sheehan presents "a multidimensional road map through the various twits and turns of Zizek's philosophy." The problem is--and the problem seems to be Zizek's, not Sheehan's--there may be no destination to Zizek's thinking. Sheehan repeatedly credits Zizek with great "energy," but one has the sense that Zizek's energy amounts to a fast car circling Lacan, Hegel, and Marx. Like Clark Griswold, to use a simile Zizek might appreciate, he just keeps pointing at the same landmarks. Look kids, there's ...more