Absolute Recoil Slavoj Žižek

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Absolute Recoil  by  Slavoj Žižek

Absolute Recoil by Slavoj Žižek
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Philosophical materialism in all its forms - from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism - has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world. This is the burden of philosopher Slavoj Žižeks argument inMorePhilosophical materialism in all its forms - from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism - has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world.

This is the burden of philosopher Slavoj Žižeks argument in this pathbreaking and eclectic new work. Recent history has seen developments such as quantum physics and Freudian psychoanalysis, not to speak of the failure of twentieth-century communism, shake our understanding of existence.In the process, the dominant tradition in Western philosophy lost its moorings. To bring materialism up to date, Žižek - himself a committed materialist and communist - proposes a radical revision of our intellectual heritage.

He argues that dialectical materialism is the only true philosophical inheritor of what Hegel designated the speculative approach in thought.Absolute Recoil is a startling reformulation of the basis and possibilities of contemporary philosophy. While focusing on how to overcome the transcendental approach without regressing to naive, pre-Kantian realism, Žižek offers a series of excursions into todays political, artistic, and ideological landscape, from Arnold Schoenbergs music to the films of Ernst Lubitsch.

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