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Arguably the most prolific and most widely read philosopher of our time, Slavoj Zizek has made indelible interventions into many disciplines of the so-called human sciences that have transformed the terms of discussion in these fields. Although his work has been the subject of many volumes of searching criticism and commentary, there is no assessment to date of the value of his work for the development of these disciplines. Zizek Now brings together distinguished critics to explore the utility and far-ranging implications of Zizek's thought and provide an evaluation of the difference his work makes or promises to make in their chosen fields. As such, the volume offers chapters on quantum physics and Zizek's transcendentalist materialist theory of the subject, Hegel's absolute, materialist Christianity, postcolonial violence, eco-politics, ceremonial acts, and the postcolonial revolutionary subject. Contributors to the volume include Adrian Johnston, Ian Parker, Todd McGowan, Bruno Bosteels, Erik Vogt, Verena Conley, Joshua Ramey, Jamil Khader, and Zizek himself.
Jamil Khader is professor of english at Stetson University.
Molly Anne Rothenberg is professor of english at Tulane University.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Notes on Contributors
Part One Introduction: Zizek Now or Never: Ideological Critique and the Nothingness of Being Jamil Khader 1 Zizek’s Sublime Objects Now Ian Parker
Part Two 2 Hegel as Marxist: Zizek’s Revision of German Idealism Todd McGowan 3 Zizek and Christianity, or, the Critique of Religion after Marx and Freud Bruno Bosteels 4 Ceremonial Contingencies and the Ambiguous Rites of Freedom Joshua Ramey
Part Three 5 A Critique of Natural Economy: Quantum Physics with Zizek Adrian Johnston 6 Slavoj Zizek’s Eco-Chic Verena Conley 7 Zizek and Fanon: On Violence and Related Matters Erik Vogt 8 Zizek’s Infidelity: Lenin, the National Question, and the Postcolonial Legacy of Revolutionary Internationalism Jamil Khader
Part Four 9 King, Rabble, Sex, and War in Hegel Slavoj Zizek