Zizek: Beyond Foucault

Hardcover | December 15, 2007

byFabio Vighi, Heiko Feldner

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In Slavoj Žižek and Michel Foucault, this book brings together two of the most prominent thinkers in contemporary critical theory. Starting from a critical assessment of the Foucauldian paradigm of discourse analysis, it explores the theoretical scope and political consequences of Žižek’s blend of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Hegelian philosophy and Marxist politics. The comparison between the two thinkers throws into relief the commonalities and irreconcilable differences of their respective approaches to critical theory. By unmasking reality as contingent symbolic fiction, the authors argue, Foucauldian criticism has only deconstructed the world in different ways; the point, however, is ‘to recognize the Real in what appears to be mere symbolic fiction’ (Žižek) and to change it.

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In Slavoj Žižek and Michel Foucault, this book brings together two of the most prominent thinkers in contemporary critical theory. Starting from a critical assessment of the Foucauldian paradigm of discourse analysis, it explores the theoretical scope and political consequences of Žižek’s blend of Lacanian psychoanalysis, Hegelian phil...

FABIO VIGHI is Lecturer in Italian Studies at Cardiff University, author of Le ragioni dell'altro: la formazione intellettuale di Pier Paolo Pasolini (2001) and Traumatic Encounters (2006), and co-editor of Did Somebody Say Ideology? On Slavoj Žižek and Consequences (2007).HEIKO FELDNER is Lecturer in Modern German History at Cardiff ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230001513

ISBN - 13:9780230001510

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Table of Contents

Prologue * PART I: DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OR IDEOLOGY CRITIQUE? * Why Discourse? * Foucault's Critical Historicism * The Positive Unconcious:  in Search of the Matrix * Suspending Ontological Questions * Matrix Releaded: Žižek's Ideology Critique * Locating Antagonism: the Return of Class Struggle *
Beyond Anti-capitalism and Liberal Democracy * PART II: ON POWER AND HOW TO ENJOY IT * 'Where There is Power ...' * '... There is Resistance' *
The Missing Subject Liberation Hurts: Žižek on Supergo, Masochism and Enacted Utopia * The Leninist Act * Commodity Fetishism: From Desire to Drive * Excursus: Žižek In and Out of Europe * PART III: METASTASES OF THE REAL * Žižek Against Badiou: the Real Beyond the Event * 'There Is No Such Thing as a Sexual Relationship': the Formal Deadlock of Sexuality * Objet a, or the Ruse of Masculinity * Woman's 'Not-all' and the Paradox of Passive Aggression * The Zero-level of Femininity: the Real as Symbolic Failure * The Miracle of Love and the Real of Christianity * Epilogue: Maradona in Mexico *
References * Index *

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"Staging a confrontation between perhaps the most influential figures in poststructuralism and psychoanalysis, Vighi and Feldner establish their fundamental sites of overland and opposition as well as the stakes involved in a choice for one rather than the other. Adherents of Foucault can thus no longer avoid the critical challenge of Žižek's thought to their basic notions of archeology, genealogy and discourse analysis. As it changes the fundamental terms of academic and political thought, Žižek: Beyond Foucault is a vitally important intervention in contemporary politics." -- Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA