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Die Tücke des Subjekts
Slavoj Žižek
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Die Tücke des Subjekts

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The Ticklish Subject confronts Deconstructionists and Habermasians, cognitive scientists and Heideggerians, feminists and New Age obscurantists by unearthing a subversive core to this elusive spectre, and finding in this core the indispensable philosophical point of reference of any genuinely emancipatory politics.
Paperback, 547 pages
Published April 19th 2001 by Suhrkamp Verlag (first published January 1st 1997)
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my name is corey irl
ppl are super mean to zizek and theyre always makin fun of the way he talks. first of all, RUDE. secondly i'd like to see you rehabilitate enlightenment ideas with a mouthful of marbles. get fucken real
David M
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended. I think I'll add my voice to the chorus calling it Zizek's masterpiece. Grade-A philosophical highs, plus much cultural and political commentary that has stayed germane.

The Event is thus the Void of an invisible line separating one closure from another: prior to it, the Situation was closed; that is, from within it horizon, (what will become) the Event necessarily appears as skandalon, as an undecidable, chaotic intrusion that has no place in the state of the Situation...
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Below are summaries of the book's chapters. If any of the summaries are appealing, read the book. Otherwise, do not. Zizek's theory of the subject amounts to him theorizing all over the place...

1) looking at Kant's concept of "transcendental imagination" through Heidegger's reading of Kant. He argues that the "transcendental imagination," the source of creativity, is also something terrifying - a sort of madness constitutive of the subject. See: Jacques Derrida's "Cogito and the History of
Justin Evans
This was quite a slog- like a classical author writing an impenetrable first paragraph just to prove he (always he) can, Zizek writes an incredibly dense first chapter on Heidegger, when all he needed to say was: Heidegger was wrong to reject the subject of German idealism. That aside...

TS is probably a good book to read as a summary of contemporary continental thought. It sums it up both concretely (i.e., chapters on Badiou, Ranciere, Laclau, Butler etc) and more symbolically: this is a book
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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No one would ever ask how we ended up with Drumpf if they'd just read this. Oh, and already be well versed in the annals of critical theory. Is that too much to ask?

Zizek uses the three figures of Heidegger, Badiou, and Judith Butler as a springboard to explore a set of politico-philosophical questions with profound ramifications: How do we define our horizon of action (metaphysics)? What sort of act constitutes an authentic Event (politics)? And what sort of subject is capable of defining
Adam Fisher
as always, Zizek knows exactly what he's talking about, but seems to have no reason why he's talking about it. 90% gibberish, occasional nuggets of odd-shaped truth.
Eric Phetteplace
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Probably my favorite of the somewhat-limited set of Zizek I've read. I thoroughly recommend skipping Part I and heading straight for the awesomeness that is Parts II & III. Zizek is always at his best when he's political (as in his first book, The Sublime Object of Ideology, a name with obvious parallels to this) and this book is extremely forthright in its politics, not only trying to describe the functioning of the political sphere in both idealist (I mean ideology/hegemony/universality) ...more
makes some good points, and I would recommend reading this for inspiration, but for the most part Zizek is all flash, and little substance. I did like his chapter, The Politics of Truth, or, Alain Badiou as a Reader of St Paul.
Alex Lee
This is my second time reading this book. After reading Less than Nothing I see that in this earlier book, Zizek is still Zizek, but he makes more leaps of logic. He isn't as refined in his thinking but he is still trying to say the same kind of thing.

After some reflection, it's apparent that he seeks to reify the manner by which the subject both occupies the agent field and is determined by it. To this end, Zizek attempts to establish the parameters by which agency of the subject can be
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his ‘The Ticklish Subject’, Zizek says:

“The ethical hero is tragic, whereas the knight of Faith dwells in the horrible domain beyond or between the two deaths, since he (is ready to) sacrifice(s) what is most precious to him, his objet petit a (in the case of Abraham, his son). In other words, Kierkegaard's point is not that Abraham is forced to choose between his duty to God and his duty to humanity (such a choice remains simply tragic), but that he has to choose between the two facets of
Sep 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zizek is masterful in this book. I think it's his best work, and more accessible than Sublime Object of Ideology.

It starts with a reading of Heidegger's Being and Time, the passage between "thrown projection" of the individual Dasein who achieves an authentic mode of being, freely choosing his fate, leading to a community of people which collectivly assume their historical destiny (create their lives). Zizek states that Heidegger is at his best when he explores the opposition between modern
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the bigger Zizek works and one of his more theoretical. Zizek tends to waver between huge works that set out his main theses and give a summary of what he's been up to and where he's going (Ticklish Subject, Parallax View, In Defence of Lost Causes) even if he changes his mind the week after, or short burtsts where his ideas are applied (Enjoy Your Symptom! First As Tragedy Then As Farce, Violence). This is one of the big buggers and although regular readers will have seen much of this ...more
Slavoj Žižek: celebrity philosopher. His work is widely read and amongst the most demanding contemporary philosophy with his long term mission to weave together Marx, Hegel, and Lacan, in texts that are for the most part resolutely and intensely political, even though I could do much less Lacan in my politics, Žižek and others who invoke him such as Jodi Dean show the usefulness of some of these psychoanalytic concepts in analysing but I remain unconvinced that Lacan's work helps us build ...more
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Zizek proves entertaining and frustrating in equal measure, with perhaps a tendency towards the later whenever Lacan is discussed (SPOILER: often). Readers who aren’t highly literate in Western philosophy, Marxist theory, psychoanalysis, Eastern European politics, and American pop culture should expect a steep learning curve. His first section (The ‘Night of the World’) easily the toughest nugget in the proverbial Happy Meal, but if continental philosophy’s your bag then—Hegel, hey!— ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
10 pages in every 60 are terrifically fun.
Oct 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I keep coming back to this book. The first time I couldn't even make it through the first chapter. Or any of the chapters. Maybe 2/3rds at the most. It was almost like I had to do research before being able to read it. Six months later I've read a few of the chapters, but I felt most engaged by the section on Alain Badiou and St. Paul. Awesome.

And I think I know what the ticklish subject is.
Jake Maguire
I'm rereading different Philosophers right now so I can get a clearer perspective on what Zizek is getting at. I am taking out my notes on Kant, Heidegger and Kierkegaard, Hegel etc. I enjoyed his introduction to Lacan, but I'll need to gain more clarity on his views pertaining to critical theory and existentialism in order to decipher some of his more difficult passages. A ticklish subject indeed- but very interesting! Brilliant guy.
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were some definite 4-5 star moments in this, but I still find a lot of his infatuation with Heidegger and Derrida to be a case of special pleading, and the quoted sections of same to be almost black holes. The last section which is almost entirely Lacan is among the most lucid writing Zizek has done, and it merits inclusion in his Essential collection.
Andrew Feist
pretty dense. had to look a lot of terms to get what he meant. ultimately worth reading, as it introduced a lot of ideas and perspectives i was not that familiar with. Probably not the best place to start though.
For my Zizek class.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did it! I finished it!

At times a Lacanian tour through continental philosophy, and at other times an Adornian critique of our so called "predicaments" of Late Capitalism.
Gil Reavill
good on the rhetoric r violence
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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic.

He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia). He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacques-Alain Miller and François Regnault. In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for