With a new introduction by the author
In this deliciously polemical work, a giant of cultural theory immerses himself in the ideas of a giant of French thought. In his inimical style, Zizek links Deleuze’s work with both Oedipus and Hegel, figures from whom the French philosopher distanced himself. Zizek turns some Deleuzian concepts around in order to explore the ‘organs without bodies’ in such films as Fight Club and the works of Hitchcock. Finally, he attacks what he sees as the ‘radical chic’ Deleuzians, arguing that such projects turn Deleuze into an ideologist of today’s ‘digital capitalism’. With his brilliant energy and fearless argumentation, Zizek sets out to restore a truer, more radical Deleuze than the one we thought we knew.
Table of Contents
Introduction Deleuze The Reality of the Virtual Becoming versus History
“Becoming-Machine” Un jour, peut-etre, le siecle sera empiriomoniste? Quasi Cause Is It Possible Not to Love Spinoza? Kant, Hegel Hegel 1: Taking Deleuze from Behind Hegel 2: From Epistemology to Ontology.and back Hegel 3: the Minimal Difference The Torsion of Meaning A Comic Hegelian Interlude: Dumb and Dumber The Becoming-Oedipal Deleuze Phallus Fantasy RIS Consequences 1. Science: Cognitivism with Freud “Autopoiesis” Memes, Memes Everywhere Against Hyphen-Ethics Cognitive Closure “Little Jolts of Enjoyment” 2. Art: The Talking Heads Kino-Eye
Hitchcock as Anti-Plato The Cut of the Gaze When the Fantasy Falls Apart “I, the Truth, am Speaking” Beyond Morality 3. Politics: A Plea for Cultural Revolution A Yuppie Reading Deleuze Micro-Fascisms Netocracy Blows against the Empire On the Permanent Actuality for Revolutionary Cultural Politics of President Mao Ze Dong’s Slogan “Long Live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” Index
Slavoj Zizek is a researcher at the University of Ljubljana. He teaches and lectures frequently in the United States and in Europe. Among his books are Enjoy Your Symptom!, Opera’s Second Death, and On Belief, all published by Routledge. In 2005 he was the subject of a feature documentary entitled Zizek!.