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Slavoj Zizek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the 'Elvis of cultural theory, ' and today's most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes -- all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of c Slavoj Zizek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the 'Elvis of cultural theory, ' and today's most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes -- all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. His recent films The Pervert's Guide to the Cinema and Zizek reveal a theorist at the peak of his powers and a skilled communicator. Now Verso are making these four classic titles, that stand as the core of his ever-expanding life's work, available as new editions. Each is beautifully repackaged, including new introductions from Zizek himself. Simply put, they are the essential texts for understanding Zizek's thought and thus cornerstones of contemporary philosophy.


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Slavoj Zizek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the 'Elvis of cultural theory, ' and today's most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes -- all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of c Slavoj Zizek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the 'Elvis of cultural theory, ' and today's most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes -- all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. His recent films The Pervert's Guide to the Cinema and Zizek reveal a theorist at the peak of his powers and a skilled communicator. Now Verso are making these four classic titles, that stand as the core of his ever-expanding life's work, available as new editions. Each is beautifully repackaged, including new introductions from Zizek himself. Simply put, they are the essential texts for understanding Zizek's thought and thus cornerstones of contemporary philosophy.

30 review for The Essential Žižek: The Complete Set: The Sublime Object of Ideology / The Ticklish Subject / The Fragile Absolute / The Plague of Fantasies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    I am half way through Violence: big ideas/small books. Zizek jackhammer's his ideas into your skull with sarcasm and wit, jumping between regional and global politics and pop culture. I don't agree with everything, but when the clouds part (ie i agree or understand) it blows my mind- multiple mental orgasms. I am half way through Violence: big ideas/small books. Zizek jackhammer's his ideas into your skull with sarcasm and wit, jumping between regional and global politics and pop culture. I don't agree with everything, but when the clouds part (ie i agree or understand) it blows my mind- multiple mental orgasms.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marc Chéhab

    After having read two and a half of his books and watched hours of his stuff on youtube, it evades me what fascinated me in the first place. He communicates philosophy with wit, charm and insult (always the best combination), but on the bottom line - to me - they bring no insight. I'd say Zizek's popularity has more to do with the poverty of leftist thinking nowadays (in that way he's not so different from organic food, GMO-activism, anti-nuclear-demos, and the like)... The grand weakness of all After having read two and a half of his books and watched hours of his stuff on youtube, it evades me what fascinated me in the first place. He communicates philosophy with wit, charm and insult (always the best combination), but on the bottom line - to me - they bring no insight. I'd say Zizek's popularity has more to do with the poverty of leftist thinking nowadays (in that way he's not so different from organic food, GMO-activism, anti-nuclear-demos, and the like)... The grand weakness of all of Zizek's work is ultimately his idealism: He sees ideas/ideologies/the structure of thought/psychoanalytic theory as concrete things in human beings that are universal. So, he is essentially making loads of human nature arguments - and never presents a shred of evidence to back them up. He just starts with "I claim..", something like "that ideology functions objectively," and then he makes a joke to illustrate what he means and goes on. Also, when he does analyse such an "ideology", he doesn't justify why this should be one coherent thing in the first place. In the end, maybe I would have liked Zizek to write similarly to how he does, but more concretely. Because ultimately, if you ask him what the left should do today, his answer is: "nothing, think". Wow, how revolutionary :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Wil

    classic quartet of Zizek

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    Kathryn

    plague of fantasies

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