By Ian Parker
Because the booklet of his first e-book in English in 1989, Slavoj Žižek has speedy turn into the most broadly learn and contentious intellectuals alive this day. With astonishing wit and great creativity he has produced leading edge and demanding explorations of Lacan, Hegel and Marx, and used his insights to exhilarating impression in analyses of well known culture.
While Žižek is often attractive, he's additionally elusive or even contradictory. it may be very difficult to ultimately make certain the place he stands on a selected factor. Is Žižek Marxist or post-Marxist? How heavily should still we take his fresh flip to Christianity?
Slavoj Žižek: A severe Introduction indicates the reader a transparent course during the twists and turns of Žižek’s writings. Ian Parker takes Žižek’s remedy of Hegel, Lacan and Marx in flip and descriptions and assesses Žižek’s interpretation and extension of those thinkers’ theories. whereas Parker is rarely swiftly dismissive of Žižek’s suggestions, he continues to be severe all through, conscious that the strength of Žižek’s writing will be bewitching and beguiling in addition to attractive and profound.
“When I learn Ian Parker’s manuscript, I skilled an underlying cohesion: regardless of noticeable transformations, we proportion a similar uncomplicated political matters and visions. And this makes his severe comments consistently pertinent!” —Slavoj Žižek
“This isn't easily the easiest serious creation to Žižek – in a way more radical experience, this can be the one serious creation to Žižek. Parker’s learn is far greater than a big contribution to the continued debate: it redefines its very phrases. If this paintings doesn't turn into a customary paintings of reference, the single end should be that Western academia is stuck in an imprecise wish to self-destruct.” —Yannis Stavrakakis, writer of Lacan and the Political
“A sharp, transparent and radical research of Žižek’s works that's sustained through an acute mixture of a detailed examining of Žižek as a Lacanian and an exam of his cultural context. ultimately we will see the scientific history to his paintings and the way a severe procedure unearths a brand new means of facing diversified theoretical frameworks. This e-book reopens an important questions on dialectics and Kantian difficulties forgotten within the Lacanian culture. it really is a call for participation to come to Lacan.” —Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker, Professor of Psychoanalytic concept and Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Sao Paulo, Brazil