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The Ticklish Subject by Slavoj Žižek
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Jul 30, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 30 to August 09, 2011

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!—this stuff should brighten your Beautiful Soul. Critical Theory-heads, skip to sections two and three.

The book ends with a perfunctory call to proletarian arms (just as any Freudian is "naive," any liberal democrat, according to Zizek, fails to challenge the "fundamental means of production") but the draw, as far as I can see, is not his conclusion but his free-wheeling, all consuming overviews of theoretical discourse. When he manages not to (sm)Other the reader with Lacanisms, Zizek parses the inherent contradictions of theory like a master.

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