On Žižek's Dialectics - Surplus, Subtraction, Sublimation

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On Žižek's dialectics : surplus, subtraction, sublimation - Žižek, Slavoj; Žižek, Slavoj; Vighi, Fabio
Žižek, Slavoj; Žižek, Slavoj; Vighi, Fabio
Author: Slavoj Zizek
File type: pdf
Series: Continuum studies in continental philosophy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic;Continuum
Year: 2010
Language: English
ISBN: 0826464432,978-0-8264-6443-9,9781441182623,1441182624
Time Added: Wed Feb 13 2019 14:02:00 GMT+0300 (MSK)
Author: Slavoj Zizek
File type: pdf
Size: 778 kb
City: London, New York
Edition: 1
Pages: 189
Id: 1428495
Time Modified: Wed Feb 13 2019 14:02:00 GMT+0300 (MSK)
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Bibtex: "Žižek and Slavoj; Žižek and Slavoj; Vighi and Fabio",
"On Žižek's dialectics : surplus, subtraction, sublimation"

On Žižek's Dialectics explores the theoretical and practical potential of the psychoanalytic method deployed by Slavoj Žižek by investigating its epistemological implications within our contemporary capitalist universe. The book begins by evaluating Zizek's account of the capitalist ideology of enjoyment through the analysis of Lacan's critique of Marx's surplus-value. If the originality of Žižek's wager lies in the claim that enjoyment secretly sustains our ideological space, can we think of surplus-jouissance in a way that not only unmasks the ruse of capitalism but also adumbrates the construction of an alternative social space?

The answer to this question is developed in the second part of the book. Arguing that the transformative potential of Zizek's epistemology needs to be fully unravelled if it is to avoid the risk of congealing into mere academic exercise, Fabio Vighi attempts to politicise Žižek's groundbreaking critical method by calling upon the necessity to translate its emphasis on the "indigestible" surplus of knowledge into the drive to think the new. Under the current conditions, this creative moment can no longer be delayed.