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Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity
Slavoj Žižek is one of the most interesting and important philosophers working today, known chiefly for his theoretical explorations of popular culture and contemporary politics. This book focuses on the generally neglected and often overshadowed philosophical core of Žižek’s work—an essential component in any true appreciation of this unique thinker’s accomplishment.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 19th 2008 by Northwestern University Press
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Jun 05, 2010 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars
For everyone that has read Zizek and suspected that there is something deep and substantial in his work, that the philosophical propositions at the core of his texts are really worth something, but, at the same time is having difficulty with articulating what these propositions actually are, and synthesizing the meat of the philosophical work from the flurry of spastic tangents, digressions, jokes, and clever asides that make reading Zizek so entertaining, then this is the book for you!
Wow! Johnston expounds upon zizek's philosophical work of engaging lacan with the german idealist giants kant,schelling and hegel. this is really exciting for me seeing as zizek's hegel has been a tremendously inspirational figure, the guy that holds the most philosphical promise of addressing anything i care about. And with the compressed rigour of Johnston's anaylsis, he not only retains zizek's insights but clarifies and builds upon them further. it's really quite remarkable. Zizek has a funn ...more
This book is great and, I think, probably the best study of Zizek currently on the market. One caveat: this is not the "cultural studies" or English department Zizek, though after reading this book I am trying to connect up Zizek's arguments about ideology with the discussions of freedom that Johnston focuses on. I wouldn't recommend it to beginners, but if you're read a fair share of Zizek and are interested in the philosophy that he discusses (and not merely in ideology, etc.), then this book ...more
Strong, illuminating analysis elaborating on real theoretical currents within Zizek's project. Very important text in a time when thinkers like Zizek are trivialized in popular media. If I hear "the most dangerous philosopher in the West" one more time, I'm going to scream...