The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity by Slavoj ZizekThe Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity by Slavoj Zizek

The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity

bySlavoj Zizek

Paperback | August 29, 2003

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One of our most daring intellectuals offers a Lacanian interpretation of religion, finding that early Christianity was the first revolutionary collective.

Slavoj Zizek has been called "an academic rock star" and "the wild man of theory"; his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties. In The Puppet and the Dwarf he offers a close reading of today's religious constellation from the viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He critically confronts both predominant versions of today's spirituality -- New Age gnosticism and deconstructionist-Levinasian Judaism -- and then tries to redeem the "materialist" kernel of Christianity. His reading of Christianity is explicitly political, discerning in the Pauline community of believers the first version of a revolutionary collective. Since today even advocates of Enlightenment like Jurgen Habermas acknowledge that a religious vision is needed to ground our ethical and political stance in a "postsecular" age, this book -- with a stance that is clearly materialist and at the same time indebted to the core of the Christian legacy -- is certain to stir controversy.

Slavoj Zizek is a philosopher and cultural critic. He has published over thirty books, including Looking Awry, The Puppet and the Dwarf, and The Parallax View (these three published by the MIT Press).
Title:The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of ChristianityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 0.5 inPublished:August 29, 2003Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262740257

ISBN - 13:9780262740258

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