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Zizek and Theology

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Slavoj Žižek has been called an "academic rock star." As public visibility of the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst increases, so too does the depth of his engagement with Christian theology. Žižek's recent work includes extended treatments of key Christian thinkers from Paul, Pascal, and Kierkegaard to G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, while Christology and other th ...more
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Published July 26th 2008 by Bloomsbury T&T Clark (first published January 1st 2008)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Oct 23, 2012 marked it as i-want-money
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An interview with Kotsko ::

"An interview over Zizek"

"Žižek understands the Christian experience in terms of the death of God. For him, Christianity is the most radical form of atheism insofar as even God himself becomes an unbeliever in Christ’s cry of dereliction on the cross. This differs from other forms of atheism or skepticism, because Žižek believes that most people who deny a particular God still believe in something else that fills the same role. A
Steven Berbec
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Adam Kotsko does a thorough job of analyzing Zizek's psychoanalytic process and his critique of theology and the Christian experience. Kotsko successfully brings Zizek under the theological scope and reveals the ways in which Zizek has stimulated theology. In the end we find that Zizek, within the realm of Christianity can be thought provoking, however, according to Kotsko, Zizek "is not Christian enough..." Meaning, the dialectical materialism that Zizek invokes all throughout his work does not ...more
Nathan Suire
Basic knowledge of continental philosophy and especially Critical theory is needed to grasp this book. Doubtless, a helpful resource which engages Zizek’s Christianity for those willing radicalize their hyper Protestant and anti-traditional theology. Yet for traditional Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox readers Zizek represents a heretic to be avoided.
Jonathan Widell
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely brilliant book. Maybe one has to have wrestled with Žižek for a while to appreciate how truly great it is. No doubt there are gaps in Kotsko's explanation but none is nearly as great as something Žižek would have left behind without Kotsko.

That said, I still don't quite understand why Žižek's theological turn was necessary, which is a point Kotsko does not tire of repeating. Kotsko says that the theological turn coincided with and was triggered by his reading of Badiou and what st
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
despite its focus on theology, this is an excellent introduction to the whole body of Zizek's thought. The book really clears up Zizek's usage of Lacanian terms. Kotsko's discussion on Zizek's views on perversion and hysteria really helped me see the subject in a new light. More importantly, Kotsko places Zizek in contemporary theological debates and helps the uninformed place these issues in context. This book is highly recommended for beginners to Zizek.
Rowan Moses
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well Kotsko does a great job doing justice to the movement in Zizek's thought but his theological engagement with Zizek's work is limited. He devotes a whole section to Altizer when he could have done so much more with Bonhoeffer. As a guide to Zizek's thought this book is one of the best that I've ever come across and that makes up for all the shortcomings.
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Zizek, contemporary Christian theology, Marxism, Psychoanalysis
An excellent overview of Zizek's engagement with Christian theology, Mr. Kotsko provides the reader with a clear and coherent version of Zizek's understanding of Christianity and its relationship to Lacanian psychoanalysis, Marxism, and Hegel.

Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a really great introduction to Žižek's thought from a theological perspective. Kotsko is a sharp mind and a great writer, bringing together the great many diverse threads of Žižek's philosophical tapestry in only 150 short pages. Highly recommended.
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Adam Kotsko (b. 1980) is an American writer on theology, philosophy and popular culture, also known for his contributions to the blogosphere. His printed works include Why We Love Sociopaths (2012), Awkwardness (2010), and the authoritative Žižek and Theology (2008). Kotsko joined the faculty of Shimer College in Chicago in 2011, teaching the humanities component of Shimer's Great Books curric ...more

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