The Sublime Object of Ideology

The Sublime Object of Ideology In this provocative book Slavoj Zizek takes a look at the question of human agency in a postmodern world From the sinking of the Titanic to Hitchcock s Rear Window from the operas of Wagner to scien

  • Title: The Sublime Object of Ideology
  • Author: Slavoj Žižek Ernesto Laclau
  • ISBN: 9780860919711
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this provocative book, Slavoj Zizek takes a look at the question of human agency in a postmodern world From the sinking of the Titanic to Hitchcock s Rear Window, from the operas of Wagner to science fiction, from Alien to the Jewish joke, Zizek s acute analyses explore the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion that make up human society.Linking key psychoanIn this provocative book, Slavoj Zizek takes a look at the question of human agency in a postmodern world From the sinking of the Titanic to Hitchcock s Rear Window, from the operas of Wagner to science fiction, from Alien to the Jewish joke, Zizek s acute analyses explore the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion that make up human society.Linking key psychoanalytical and philosophical concepts to social phenomena such as totalitarianism and racism, the book explores the political significance of these fantasies of control.

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    About “Slavoj Žižek Ernesto Laclau

    • Slavoj Žižek Ernesto Laclau

      Slavoj i ek is a Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia then part of SFR Yugoslavia He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacques Alain Miller and Fran ois Regnault In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia an auxiliary institution, abolished in 1992 Since 2005, i ek has been a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts i ek is well known for his use of the works of 20th century French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan in a new reading of popular culture He writes on many topics including the Iraq War, fundamentalism, capitalism, tolerance, political correctness, globalization, subjectivity, human rights, Lenin, myth, cyberspace, postmodernism, multiculturalism, post marxism, David Lynch, and Alfred Hitchcock In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pa s he jokingly described himself as an orthodox Lacanian Stalinist In an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now he described himself as a Marxist and a Communist.

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    • I have no business reviewing this book- I have not the background in theory nor the knowledge of the history or methods of philosophical discourse or Lacanian psychoanalysis nor even a strong enough grasp on the concepts and terminologies to adequately say anything enlightening about The Sublime Object of Ideology. To do so adequately and thoroughly I think might require me to write a book called On Žižek’s Sublime Object Of Ideology, which of course would be ridiculous and widely discredite [...]

    • Zizek's most revolutionary message, I think, is also probably his simplest: the subject must take responsibility for his own subjectivity. This is a message nobody wants to hear. Especially not today, when the drink of choice is postmodern skepticism: "I am aware of what I am doing but I do it anyway." Zizek takes aim at the post-structuralist, the postmodernist, the post-whateverist, the empty Foucauldian fad, the politically correct, the practicing non-believer, the all-too-comfortable victim, [...]

    • My word. My eyes bled. My brain thumped against the inside of my skull. I took long baths with it. I contemplated its murder. If I just drop this in the bath This isn't a chap who wants you to argue with him. He's not one of those, "Let me be as clear as possible here" type chaps. No, he's a monstrous show off. He splices together the ideas of Marx and Lacan using the Hegelian dialectic. Why? Because he can? Or is it like he says, to shed mutual light on both - and of course - on the what of wha [...]

    • Read the first three chapters. So dense, but so many "aha!" moments on the way through. Zizek combines Marxist commodity and ideology theory with Lacanian psychoanalytics to suggest that identity, ideology, and the self all necessarily depend upon an inaccessible excess, a "kernel of the Real" that we cannot and indeed should not grasp in the symbolic order. The point is consequently not one of understanding the truth that ideology hides, or of lifting the dream content to the latent meaning bel [...]

    • I cannot write to the impact that Slavoj Žižek's The Sublime Object of Ideology has had upon Lacanian Psychoanalyis or Marxist Criticism. I cannot even lie enough to tell you, dear reader, that I understood the majority of this text. But I do know that of what I understood, I thoroughly enjoyed and gathered not only a new perception of the world, but the terminology with which to envision it.Before remarking that Žižek's writing is "____" or that Žižek's interpretation of the Lacanian "___ [...]

    • Absolutely Brilliant--I had the perfect aha moment, that beautiful instance where the parts snap into place and you begin to understand his theory from the inside--where you can anticipate what zizek will say next, being able to inhabit the system of thought he's working with.I've been a quasi-fan of Zizek for a long time--agreeing with much of what he has to say but always looking at it from the outside. That is to say, his conclusions seemed incredibly incisive but I couldn't grasp exactly how [...]

    • Odd to come at this after having already read a fair amount of Zizek (Parallax View, Desert of the Real, Violence, Enjoy Your Symptom!, Plague of Fantasies, chunks of Puppet and the Dwarf): everything new is old again. Key Zizekian concepts first (?) articulated here include interpassivity and the subject/object supposed to believe; the desire to abolish contradiction in a rational totality as fascist; antisemitism and jealousy over the unified pleasure of the other; and the other as subject sup [...]

    • It's common knowledge that Zizek is frequently at his best while recounting jokes in order to illustrate a philosophical concept, and the dirtier the jokes the better. What do I have to add to that? Well a belief that Zizek is simply at his best when he is writing. Lately he has been hitting the streets, giving interviews, talking to anyone who will listen—notably crowds at Zuccotti Park during the Occupy Wall Street protests—to his ideas on capitalism, ideology, and the way forward. His spe [...]

    • En este ensayo el famoso filósofo Slavoj Zizek diserta sobre numerosos temas relacionados con Kant, Hegel, Marx, Lacan y en menor medida Foucault, Kafka, Hitchcock, Freud, etc.La asombrosa capacidad de su autor para unir elementos aparentemente dispares entre sí parece confirmar al postestructuralismo como la corriente filosófica a seguir en el futuro, al menos en lo que se refiere con el enlazamiento de ideas entre el psicoanálisis, la filosofía política y la sociología.No es un libro f [...]

    • The Title of this book should've been - "Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here" Read the first ten pages then I realized that I had more important things to do. Having nails driven into my testicles would've been more fulfilling than reading this self-indulgent huckster. Unless you are getting a PH.D in Comparative Literature and you have two spare weeks to devote to this trash, move on. I guarantee that you'll be more confused after reading this, you'll probably have an anxiety attack, and you'll [...]

    • On page 157, Žižek writes,The punk imitating the sadomasochistic power ritual is not to be conceived as a case of the victim's identification with the aggressor. The message to the power structure is, on the contrary, the negation implied in the positive act of imitation: You are so powerful, but for all that, you are impotent. You cannot really hurt me! In this way the power structure is caught in the same trap. The more violent its reaction, the more it confirms its fundamental impotenceWhen [...]

    • I'll be honest: about a third of this book was totally over my head. Reading this was as frustrating an experience as it was an enjoyable one. If I could do it all over again, I would've read at least a little Lacan before giving this one a go, considering how often he's cited and how impenetrable I found most of his thought. Prior to this, I'd only read Žižek's Violence, which is much more user-friendly. This is an outright philosophy / critical theory text and, while there are moments of his [...]

    • This was my first time reading one of Zizek's major works, I definitely enjoyed it. It really helps to have some knowledge of Lacanian psychoanalysis beforehand: first of all, so that you can have a greater understanding of some of the basic concepts he uses and the framework he's using them in and, second of all, so that you can distinguish when he's being Lacanian from when he's being Zizekian using Lacanian terminology. The same is true for his use of Hegel, making me wish that I had a greate [...]

    • One of Zizek's first major works. How does one classify this guy: philosopher, critic, genius, charlatan, enlightened, fascist, clown.? All these probably fit for him at some moment in his charged career as rockstar intellectual. This first work is more tame than his later stuff.In fact, I think I like this Zizek more than the later one. There is great discussion here of Politics, Philosophy, Ideology, Psychoanalysis, & Pop Culture, and it all seems to fit into a pretty consistent system of [...]

    • I don't find it as hard to read as other reviewers, nor do I find it as groundbreaking, but it is Žižek at his most coherent, I think. One other reviewer remarked that his message is simple and "revolutionary": the subject must take responsibility for his own subjectivity. Sure, it may be his message, but it surely isn't his idea and at the point of the publication of the book it is not revolutionary either if you have read any psychoanalysis or for that matter anything even remotely related t [...]

    • Chapter 2 was cool -- bits of Lacanian garble that I struggled to make sense of, but I loved the literary and real-world examples Zizek uses to make his points: Pride & Prejudice, Sci-Fi, Julius Caesar, the Titanic, et al. After I finished this reading I dreamt that I time-traveled into the future, which is to say it had an impact on me.I like the idea that acceptance and necessity (change?) comes about through mis-recognition. I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars.

    • What follows is part review and part reading notes as I try to think through the jargon and the complex ideas. The Sublime Object of Ideology is Zizek’s first book translated into English and contains the core ideas that are found in much of his latter work. His analysis of ideology draws from Marx and Althusser, but his use of Lacanian psychoanalysis draws different conclusions. For Zizek, ideology does not mask a given reality; it creates reality through unconscious processes. “Behind the [...]

    • These days, Slavoj Zizek is an object of commodity fetishism, the exact sort that he writes about so well. He’s a reactionary, more of a meme than a man, a factory for half-written books, recycled material, and uncooked ideas--albeit with kernels of brilliance. More to the point, his iconoclastic leftism can sometimes be indistinguishable from ultra-right wing nativism. Very frustrating man--or so I thought, until I read The Sublime Object of Ideology. This is his first book (and as every frus [...]

    • As I see it, for Zizek, the question asked by the radicalized subject is not, "how may I destroy or remove myself from the falsehood, this shadow-play, I see around me?", but, "how have I, as a subject [not a *victim*], been playing into a symbolic order for which I have so much distaste? How may my subsequent actions be understood?"Through a 'redoubled reflection' (more about that later), the subject comes to realize that to recognize their place as a subject at odds with an inherited world is [...]

    • I make no claim to reproduce my running thoughts that arose reading this, bar one: I'm definitely not totally getting this but it sure is interesting and fun to read. I'm not even going to try to summarise this. It is basically a Hegelian (and Zizek-ian) critique of Lacan's psychoanalysis and how this applies to the idea of ideas. (I'm not even sure if that's right but it somewhat makes sense. This was the kind of book were I understood each page as I read it but is impossible to summarise becau [...]

    • Oh boy. Starting with the positives, there are some interesting points in here, particularly about how we look at truth and the purpose of a subject, and while some chapters were better than others, there would often be an intriguing kernel hidden in a sea of half-explored points that are barely related. I also will admit that I'm biased against psychoanalysis. I have a B. S. in Psychology, and us science people just shake our heads at it (although I'm more open to psychoanalysis as a philosophy [...]

    • Работа отличная, гармоничное совмещённое обращение к Гегелю и Лакану, но каждую главу следует поглощать залпом - можно немного растеряться, если сделать, скажем, 12тичасовой перерыв в середине или даже ближе к концу, к примеру, последней (6ой). Кто-то ругает Жижека за "позерст [...]

    • I skimmed the last 10-20 pages.If you've read one zizek, you've kind of read them all. The middle of the book was unique, but it's kind of the same problem with Nietszche. He basically wrote the same book over and over.That's fine. But considering he's putting forward a lot of the same ideas over and over, it gets repetitive. As I said, the middle of the book was where the most new ground was covered.

    • I'd say about 60% of this book does not, on a sentence to sentence level, make any sense at all. The rest of it is interesting but not all that remarkable

    • The difficulty in reading Zizek comes not with his ideas but with the structure of his writing (a colleague of mine told me that reading Zizek is like jumping into the deep end of a pool littered with sharks). In each chapter, every sub-section has to do with an almost completely separate idea, making it a challenge to piece together. Fortunately for me, I read this for a Continental Philosophy & Film group I'm in with two Philosophers who have already read the book, and dear lord did they h [...]

    • Interesting. Entertaining. Difficult. The more I read Lacan and Marx, the easier this book becomes to understand. It doesn't seem to get easy though. While I am not generally an adherent of the 'KISS' school of writing (difficult subjects = difficult texts), I can't help but feel that many ideas could have been expressed less circuitously. In my opinion, much of Žižek needs to be taken cum grano salis. Still, a rewarding read.

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