Author: Žižek Slavoj
Slavoj Žižek — Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist working in the traditions of Hegelianism, Marxism and Lacanian psychoanalysis; a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a professor at the European Graduate School. Among his works: Living in the end times (2010), In Defense of Lost Causes (2007), Puppet and the Dwarf the Perverse Core of Christianity (2003), On Belief (2001), The Fragile Absolute: Or, Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For (2000), The Ticklish Subject — The Absent Centre of Political Ontology (1999).
Hegel on Marriage / Logos. 2014. № 3 (99). P. 1-20
annotation: The scandalous theory of marriage in Hegel’s Philosophy of Right ethically prefers prearranged marriage over marriages out of attraction and love. Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte seems to be a good example in defense of this point of view—the object of sexual passion is replaceable. At first, the Rousseau novel New Heloise also has the same claim. But an unexpected return of love passion for the story’s main character in the end does not seem to fit into Hegel’s account. Even so, it is enough to turn the perspective around to see how after passing through the painful “sublation” destined to cure one of love passion, that this passion emerges “as such” in its pure form. After sacrificing everything for passion, there is a need to renounce passion itself—and yet the passion persists.
Keywords: Hegel, Rousseau, Freud, Mozart, Philosophy of Right, Così fan tutte, New Heloise, marriage, love, sex, communism
The Clash of Civilizations in a Single Country (‘The Wire’) / Logos. 2013. № 3 (93).
annotation: Žižek suggests that the Weltgeist in mass culture has moved from cinema to television series. ‘The Wire’ stands out against this background for its realism because in it the community provides representation of itself. Indeed, in this aspect the series is similar to Greek tragedy to which it is so often compared. But its realism is rather a subjective than objective one, it is not limited to bare reality but also presents a Utopian dimension. Yet this dimension is ultimately embedded into the system itself and reinforces its smooth functioning. Therefore ‘The Wire’ is deeply pessimistic and devoid of catharsis. Žižek argues that the limits of the ‘The Wire’ come from the fact that the abstract capitalist society as well as the totalitarian one, cannot be reconstructed within realistic psychological framework as this covers the fundamental gap between social objectivity and subjective self-knowledge.
Keywords: series boom, ‘The Wire’, kinds of realism, representation of community, Utopia, limits of psychological realism
From Job to Christ: A Paulinian Reading of Chesterton / Logos. 2011. № 3 (82). P. 246-265
annotation: The author analyses key Christian notions and stories: the passions of Job, God incarnation, death on the cross, Resurrection. Analysis is based on the reading of novels and notes of an eminent British writer G. K. Chesterton. With the help of Hegel’s philosophy and the theology of the death of God one is presented with a Marxist interpretation of Christian tenets, besides it is shown the necessity of theology for the consummation of certain lacunas in Marxist theory.
Keywords: Christianity, Chesterton, theology of the death of God, Hegel, alienation, St. Paul