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In defense of lost causes /
Slavoj Žižek.
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London : Verso, 2009, c2008.
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530 p. ; 27 cm.
ISBN
9781844674299
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imprint
London : Verso, 2009, c2008.
isbn
9781844674299
general note
Originally published: 2008.
catalogue key
7637956
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 489-518) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Slavoj iek is a Professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is the author of many books, including The Sublime Object of Ideology and The Ticklish Subject. Slavoj Zizek is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He return to past ideals is needed despite the risks. In the words of Samuel Beckett: "Try again. Fiail again. Fail better."
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-06-15:
Zizek (international director, Birkbeck Inst. for the Humanities, Univ. of London; sociology, Univ. of Ljubljana, Slovenia; The Fragile Absolute) writes with humor and incisiveness as he addresses the limits of liberal democratic approaches to politics and the possibility of benefit in totalitarian approaches to statehood. Examining by turns errors made by Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Maximilien Robespierre, and other thinkers when faced with totalitarian missions, Zizek provides analysis by way of Jacques Lacan, literary deconstruction, and history's famously particular moments, such as the denouement of the the Cuban Missile Crisis. Scholars of political theory and modern philosophy will find much here to consider and argue for or against. In parts, the essays can also be used with upper-division undergraduate students. And because Zizek's work straddles the most contemporary 20th-century literature and history and is written with panache rather than in jargon, public libraries serving highly educated communities will want to add this as well.--Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax P.L.s, N.S. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review Quotes
'oeAddictively eclectic '¦ He contrives to leave the reader, as usual, both exhilarated and disoriented, standing in the middle of a scorched plain strewn with the rubble of smashed idols.'
'oeA monument to imaginative, risk-taking and rigorous scholarship.'
'oeA wealth of political and philosophical insight.'
Addictively eclectic '¦ He contrives to leave the reader, as usual, both exhilarated and disoriented, standing in the middle of a scorched plain strewn with the rubble of smashed idols.
Addictively eclectic … He contrives to leave the reader, as usual, both exhilarated and disoriented, standing in the middle of a scorched plain strewn with the rubble of smashed idols.
Addictively eclectic He contrives to leave the reader, as usual, both exhilarated and disoriented, standing in the middle of a scorched plain strewn with the rubble of smashed idols.
'oeExhilarating, inspiring, thought-provoking.'
'oeThe most dangerous philosopher in the West.'
Outrageous, provocative and entertaining.
The most dangerous philosopher in the West.
'oeOutrageous, provocative and entertaining.'
A monument to imaginative, risk-taking and rigorous scholarship.
A wealth of political and philosophical insight.
Exhilarating, inspiring, thought-provoking.
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Summaries
Main Description
In this combative major new work, philosophical sharpshooter Slavoj Zizek looks for the kernel of truth in the totalitarian politics of the past.Examining Heidegger's seduction by fascism and Foucault's flirtation with the Iranian Revolution, he suggests that these were the 'right steps in the wrong direction.' On the revolutionary terror of Robespierre, Mao and the bolsheviks, Zizek argues that while these struggles ended in historic failure and horror, there was a valuable core of idealism lost beneath the bloodshed.A redemptive vision has been obscured by the soft, decentralized politics of the liberal-democratic consensus. Faced with the coming ecological crisis, Zizekk argues the case for revolutionary terror and the dictatorship of the proletariat. A return to past ideals is needed despite the risks. In the words of Samuel Beckett: 'Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'
Main Description
In this combative, major new work, philosophical sharpshooter Slavoj iek looks for the kernel of truth in the totalitarian politics of the past.
Main Description
In this combative major new work, philosophical sharpshooter Slavoj Zizek looks for the kernel of truth in the totalitarian politics of the past. Examining Heidegger's seduction by fascism and Foucault's flirtation with the Iranian Revolution, he suggests that these were the 'right steps in the wrong direction.' On the revolutionary terror of Robespierre, Mao and the bolsheviks, Zizek argues that while these struggles ended in historic failure and horror, there was a valuable core of idealism lost beneath the bloodshed. A redemptive vision has been obscured by the soft, decentralized politics of the liberal-democratic consensus. Faced with the coming ecological crisis, Zizekk argues the case for revolutionary terror and the dictatorship of the proletariat. A return to past ideals is needed despite the risks. In the words of Samuel Beckett: 'Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'
Bowker Data Service Summary
Is global emancipation a lost cause? Are universal values outdated relics of an earlier age? In the postmodern world, ideologies of all kinds have been cast in doubt. In this combative new work, renowned theorist Slavoj Zizek takes on the reigning postmodern agenda with a manifesto for several 'lost causes'.
Main Description
Is global emancipation a lost cause? Are universal values outdated relics of an earlier age? In this combative major new work, philosophical sharpshooter Slavoj Zizek takes on the reigning ideology with a plea that we should re-appropriate several 'œlost causes,' and looks for the kernel of truth in the 'œtotalitarian' politics of the past. Examining Heidegger's seduction by fascism and Foucault's flirtation with the Iranian Revolution, he suggests that these were the 'œright steps in the wrong direction.' Highlighting the revolutionary terror of Robespierre, Mao and the Bolsheviks, Zizek argues that while these struggles ended in historic failure and monstrosity, this is not the entire story. There was, in fact, a redemptive moment that gets lost in the outright liberal-democratic rejection of revolutionary authoritarianism and the valorization of soft, consensual, decentralized politics. Zizek claims that, particularly in the light of the forthcoming ecological crisis, we should reinvent revolutionary terror and the dictatorship of the proletariat in the struggle for universal emancipation. We need to courageously accept the return to this cause'”even if we court the risk of a catastrophic disaster. In the words of Samuel Beckett: 'œTry again. Fail again. Fail better.'
Table of Contents
Introduction
The State of Things
Happiness and Torture in the Atonal Worldp. 11
Human, all too human
The screen of civility
Gift and exchange
UlyssesÆ realpolitik
The atonal world
Serbsky Institute, Malibu
Poland as a symptom
Happy to torture?
The Family Myth of Ideologyp. 52
ôCapitalist realismö
The production of the couple in Hollywood...
... and out
The real Hollywood left
History and family in Frankenstein
A letter which did arrive at its destination
Radical Intellectuals, or, Why Heidegger Took the Right Step (Albeit in the Wrong Direction) in 1933p. 95
Hiding the tree in a forest
A domestication of Neitzsche
Michel Foucault and the Iranian Event
The trouble with Heidegger
Ontological difference
HeideggerÆs smoking gun?
Repetition and the New
HeideggerÆs to the drive
Heidegger's "divine violence"
Lessons from the Past
Revolutionary Terror from Robespierre to Maop. 157
ôWhat do you want?ö
Asserting the inhuman
Transubstantiations of Marxism
The limits of MaoÆ dialectics
Cultural revolution and power
Stalinism Revisited, or, How Stalin Saved the Humanity of Manp. 211
The Stalinist cultural counter-revolution
A letter which did not reach its destination (and therby perhaps saved the world)
Kremlinology
From objective to subjective guilt
Shostakovich in Casablanca
The Stalinist carnival...
... in the films of Sergei Eisenstein
The minimal difference
Why Populism Is (Sometimes) Good Enough in Practice, but Not in Theoryp. 264
Good enough in practice...
... but not good enough in theory
The ôdeterminig role of the economyö: Marx with Freud
Drawing the line
The act
The Real
The vacuity of the politics of jouissance
What Is to Be Done?
The Crisis of Determinate Negationp. 337
The humorous superego...
... and its politics of resistance
ôGoodbye Mister Resisting Nomadö
Negri in Davos
Deleuze without Negri
Governance and movements
Alain Badiou, or, the Violence of Subtractionp. 381
Materialism, democratic and dialectial
Responses to the Event
Do we need a new world?
The lessons of the Cultural Revolution
Which subtraction?
Give the dictatorship of the proletariat a chance!
Unbehagan in der Naturp. 420
Beyond Fukuyama
From fear to trembling
Ecology against nature
The uses and misuses of Hiedegger
What is to be done?
Afterword to the Second Edition: What Is Divine About Divine Violencep. 463
Notesp. 489
Indexp. 519
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