Nobody Else lThis perhaps is also the most important ethicsesson of the twentieth century we should abandon all ethical arrogance and humbly acknowledge how What She Really Wants for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze lucky we are to be able to act ethicallyThe Puppet and the Dwarf is dear i ek at his best I do favor his political and cultural projects Those other sorties into ontology and associated HegelianLacanian practices tend to baffle me The point of departure here is a stand against the vulgar and boring atheism of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens I can see that Atheism remains self evident telling the believer that such is horseshit isn t very productive and not that interesting not any anywayWhat proceeds is a series of approaches to the Epistles of St Paul and how the framing nature of Genesis and the Passion are necessary to further the narrative It is this anxiety between the Law especially of Christianity s Jewish predecessors and Love results in a sort of anxiety This allows its excesses its forays its forbidden indulgence in the Pagan i ek ties this in nicely with Tolkien s middle earth chronicles Somewhere down the road through the fables of Job and the atheistic recriminations of Jesus on the cross we arrive at the effective foible of Mutually Assured Doctrine it succeeded precisely because we are such irrational agents Here s to the holidays and merry matterseft unsaid Immediately after reading this book I read it again This week I finished reading it for the third time I don t have the prereuisite knowledge to truly understand this book I think I Protecting Holly ll read his book on Lacan since Lacan seems to be the person who has influenced him the most Why did I read this book three times while mastering perhaps half the ideas in the book What I do understand is profound entertaining and thought provoking Some day unless I run out of time Il try again to understand this author I m still reading Zizek but I can t wait until I m finished to comment a Unexpected Bride (The Wedding Party, little I forgot until I saw him on youtube Zizek on Love that I saw the documentary Zizek a couple years ago at the Siskel Filmcenter I was enthralled with his energy and passion Also how comfortable he was to be himself I didn t see his eccentric habits as contrived I ve just started reading this book but I appreciate Zizek s courage to put his ideas out there even if they re not completely thought through yet because heeads you into new territory Whether I end up agreeing with his ideas or not he incites a rebellious spirit in me to venture beyond what s already been thought about This I believe is what a philosopher should be doing Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition leading the way into unexplored thought Zizek if his concepts appear messy and unformed ateast he is right in the bact of thinking I m The Best Man (Alpha Men, looking for others who have something to say about his work since I m new to it So far the responses I ve got in person are simply one that consisted of mostlyaughter and another that was WOW Creative BetrayalIf confirmation of the merits of good philosophical thought were needed this book is than adeuate to make the point conclusively I find much of Zizek s work somewhat tedious but his arguments in The Puppet and the Dwarf are the euivalent of rapid fire body blows to inane conservative pundits ike Jordan Peterson he of 12 Rules of Life fame See and eually inane social THEORISTS LIKE THOMAS SOWELL INTELLECTUALS AND like Thomas Sowell Intellectuals and See who make a iving by peddling non thought to non thinkers ideology for idiotsZizek calls his method short circuiting that is bringing areas of thought which are usually insulated from one another into contact and watching the sparks fly His stated intention is not to rubbish anyone s point of view but to reveal a inclusive picture of the world in which various points of view create something new something bigger not just in the sense of explanation but also in the sense of promoting human understanding and solidarity He makes this operational by allowing people to become aware of another disturbing side of something he or she knew all the time This is not tendentious indoctrination I think it is as close as one can get to supervised self educationSo for example Zizek self identifies as an atheistic materialist But he also
"Has A Profoundly Poetic Appreciation "a profoundly poetic appreciation religion particularly Christianity that rivals most theologians By allowing these two currents of thought to touch he transforms both His central thesis captures the result My claim here is not merely that I am a materialist through and through and that the subversive kernel of Christianity is accessible also to a materialist approach my thesis is much stronger this kernel is accessible only to a materialist approach and vice versa to become a true dialectical materialist one should go through the Christian experience His intention is not to relativise Christianity but to make it real For Zizek going through the Christian experience doesn t imply abandoning it as obsolete but appreciating it for what it is How else is one to understand his explanation of Christian ove for example as an exception to any universal ethic even the ethic of Christian ove The underlying paradox is that The Quest of the Holy Grail love precisely as the Absolute should not be posited as a direct goal it should retain the status of a byproduct of something we get as an undeserved grace Love or for that matter salvation is not a reward it is a conseuence of thingsike respect and care and dedication And not necessarily a conseuence elicited from the direct object of our respect care and dedication Karl Barth arguably the most important theologian of the 20th century would agree wholeheartedly So Zizek can cite GK Chesterton approvingly at Dead Taboo length and conclude that trueove is precisely forsaking the promise of Eternity itself for an imperfect individual The object of Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, love cannot be an abstraction even a divine abstraction it must be a concrete person and it must include flaws deficiencies and irritations Perfection cannot beoved The God of Chesterton knew this It is why even Christ oses his irritations Perfection cannot be oved The God of Chesterton knew this It is why even Christ oses his hanging on the cross And as Carl Jung noticed in his book on Job Yahweh had to have an audience an imperfect human audience to complete himself Many theologians as well as evangelical Christians could benefit immensely by contemplating this insightHaving recently read Reza Aslan s Zealot I am struck by its coincidence with Zizek s identification of the central message of Christianity which. One of our most daring intellectuals offers a Lacanian interpretation of religion finding that early Christianity was the first revolutionary collectiveSlavoj Zizek has been called an academic rock star and the wild man of theory; his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties In The Puppet and the Dwarf he offe. Er With God everything is permitted Without God there is simple cause and effect a menacing give and take This of course is a complicated idea On the one hand the name of God allows for the justification of heinous crimes it also allows for divine interruptions in the ifeworld such as forgiveness and silence among many of the finest things known to humankindIn Lacanian terms of course this fracturing that provides an opening for Love is analogous to the imagination which tears into the fabric of the real Against Kant the real is not some horrible nothingness behind the veil Through Hegel it is the horror of speculation that the veil conceals something terrifying that is the true veil that When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, last veil to be cast aside we must pass through the night of the world in order to realize a different order Language does not name or designate noumenal objects as much as it digs a hole into the real opening up a space for the visible creating a dimension of the seen and unseen In thisight the unity of the Trinity is the pain of the real the permanent separation between Christ and God the Holy GhostIn the beginning of the book Zizek promotes the Love through subtraction of Christianity against the popular Western Buddhist notion that to find Enlightenment one turns inwardly to an all effacing nothingness essentially a withdrawal This withdrawal actualizes as a rather pathetic acceptance that the world is what it is that essentially nothing changes In such a state one prefers the serenity of the void Could this ever be Love For Zizek no not properly speaking as Love is that stubborn privileging of what one conditional thing over all other conditional things The Buddhist stance is one of indifference as a result of distancing yourself from passions while Christian The Billionaires Runaway Bride love introduces difference articulatingove through a violent imagination which privileges one object against others by tearing it out of its contextThis has conseuences for activism Truly radical thought can only be based on Love this elevation of an idea which violently tears it from its context its truth Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover lying in its perspective As a result true knowledge is only accessible from an interested partial position Truth is a perspective provided its interested The truth is the truth of the perspectival distortion not something pure which is sullied by a one sided argumentApart from all this Zizek by examining Bataille has a great bit on transgression that cuddly thing is notonger effective when the Father tells you not only to enjoy yourself Caught on Camera with the CEO like a capitalist hedonist but to tell you how it went afterwards such is the society we areiving today The true way forward would involve escaping from the Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, law of transgression or a romance of the moment of rupture and realize the Law for what it is that which intervenes destabilizes and is essentially excessive This echoes what I have heard Zizek remind his readers time and time again sure we know about revolution but what about the morning afterI plead ignorant on matters of Theology and on most things as a matter of fact but this was an incredible journey nevertheless Zizek is a controversial theorist ofiterature film and pop culture whose areas of expertise range from rigorous philosophy through political science and most interestingly Lacanian psychoanalysis This book which is both very technical and unusually readable reads Arabian Nights like an interdisciplinary discussion on theology viewed through every conceivableens He ooks at theology through the eyes of Hegel Lacan and Marx and finds an intrinsic subversive core at the center Lacan and Marx and finds an intrinsic subversive core at the center Christian thought The author s aim is to argue that not merely that the subversive kernel of Christianity is accessible also to a materialist approach my thesis is much stronger it is accessible only to a materialist approach to be a true dialectical materialist one should go through the Christian experienceThis is exactly the kind of absurd thesis that Zizek is often criticized for and occasionally dismissed over but it is irresistibly provocative and deliberately worded to be so Throughout the book he uses elaborate chunks of theory to prove his point and uses illustrations from pop culture not just to back up his arguments but also to make allot of the esoteric theory Hegel s dialectical view of reality is carried to the imit here and Lacan is often incomprehensible unless you know the specific sense in which he uses normal words and are familiar with his neologisms accessible to any reader who enjoys thinking The most frustrating thing about Zizek as far as his critics are concerned is the extent to which he takes previous thinkers out of context and the extent to which he reads against the text In this book it s apparent that he does these things knowingly half jokingly and often with mind blowing results Although the points made about theology and the phenomenon of belief in general are intriguing and worth reading the book for the best part for me was watching the author s subversive thought process in action starting with sources that are ostensibly diametrically opposed to his thesis and abstracting the intellectual gems specific patterns of thought so to speak from their content and using them to subvert their authors and advance his own thesis The result feels Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss like a strange mix of entertaining pop philosophy and the Socratic Method After reading this book a couple times I feelike I have a stronger understanding of many of the thinkers he cites As for his thesis like I have a stronger understanding of many of the thinkers he cites As for his thesis is an interesting perspective and I think anyone who is #interested in religion in general should read it if only for the #in religion in general should read it if only for the he makes about the nature of belief and the structure of religious morality This book was so good I began reading it again from the beginning as soon as I finished I m really glad I had tackled In Defense of Lost Causes first since it prepared me with the Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, lingo and some of the Lacanian basics Many of the points made in fact some of the same sentences from Lost Causes appeared first in Puppet and the Dwarf This is because Zizek is always making oress the same points or maybe just point singular Not exactly hostile to my religion of Christianity the perverse of the title is not the same as perverted it nevertheless diverges irreconcilably from my own beliefs around chapter 7 But what a wild ride until that point Definitely got me to Always You look at Paul in a newight. Of believers the first version of a revolutionary collective Since today even advocates of Enlightenment Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, like Jurgen Habermas acknowledge that a religious vision is needed to ground our ethical and political stance in a postsecular age this book with a stance that is clearly materialist and at the same time indebted to the core of the Christianegacy is certain to stir controversy.