Slavoj Zizek: Sex and the Failed Absolute [Audio | Video]

“In his new book entitled “Sex and the Failed Absolute” #SlavojZizek returns to his philosophical roots and addresses the very basic question: how is reality structured so that something like human subjectivity can arise in it? His paradoxical answer is that for humans sexual difference offers the privileged access to the #Absolute, and he grounds this thesis in an original reading on quantum physics. In the course of deploying his vision, #Žižek critiques and challenges not only the work of Alain #Badiou, Robert #Brandom, Quentin #Meillassoux, and Julia #Kristeva, but everything from popular science and quantum mechanics to identity politics and gender #theory.”

“In this most rigorous articulation of his philosophical system to date, Slavoj Žižek provides nothing short of a new definition of dialectical materialism. Forging this new materialism, Žižek critiques and challenges everything from popular science and quantum mechanics to sexual difference and analytic #philosophy. Alongside striking images of the Möbius strip, the cross-cap, and the Klein bottle, #Zizek brings alive the Hegelian triad of being-essence-notion. Radical new readings of #Hegel, and #Kant, sit side by side with characteristically lively commentaries on #film, #politics, and #culture.”

Here is Žižek at his interrogative best.

Sex and the Failed Absolute

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: THE UNORIENTABLE SURFACE OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

THEOREM I: THE PARALLAX OF ONTOLOGY
Modalities of the Absolute-Reality and Its Transcendental Supplement – Varieties of the Transcendental in Western Marxism – The Margin of Radical Uncertainty

COROLLARY 1: INTELLECTUAL INTUITION AND INTELLECTUS ARCHETYPUS: REFLEXIVITY IN KANT AND HEGEL
Intellectual Intuition from Kant to Hegel-From Intellectus Ectypus to Intellectus Archetypus

SCHOLIUM 1.1: BUDDHA, KANT, HUSSERL
SCHOLIUM 1.2: HEGEL’S PARALLAX
SCHOLIUM 1.3: THE “DEATH OF TRUTH”

THEOREM II: SEX AS OUR BRUSH WITH THE ABSOLUTE
Antinomies of Pure Sexuation-Sexual Parallax and Knowledge-The Sexed Subject – Plants, Animals, Humans, Posthumans

COROLLARY 2: SINUOSITIES OF SEXUALIZED TIME
Days of the Living Dead – Cracks in Circular Time

SCHOLIUM 2.1: SCHEMATISM IN KANT, HEGEL… AND SEX
SCHOLIUM 2.2: MARX, BRECHT, AND SEXUAL CONTRACTS
SCHOLIUM 2.3: THE HEGELIAN REPETITION
SCHOLIUM 2.4: SEVEN DEADLY SINS

THEOREM III: THE THREE UNORIENTABLES
Möbius Strip, or, the Convolutions of Concrete Universality-The “Inner Eight”-(((Suture Redoubled)))-Cross-Capping Class Struggle-From Cross-Cap to Klein Bottle-A Snout in Plato’s Cave

COROLLARY 3: THE RETARDED GOD OF QUANTUM ONTOLOGY
The Implications of Quantum Gravity-The Two Vacuums: From Less than Nothing to Nothing – Is the Collapse of a Quantum Wave Like a Throw of Dice?

SCHOLIUM 3.1: THE ETHICAL MOEBIUS STRIP
SCHOLIUM 3.2: THE DARK TOWER OF SUTURE
SCHOLIUM 3.3: SUTURE AND HEGEMONY
SCHOLIUM 3.4: THE WORLD WITH(OUT) A SNOUT
SCHOLIUM 3.5: TOWARDS A QUANTUM PLATONISM

THEOREM IV: THE PERSISTENCE OF ABSTRACTION
Madness, Sex, War- How to Do Words with Things-The Inhuman View – The All-Too-Close In-Itself

COROLLARY 4: IBI RHODUS IBI SALTUS!
The Protestant Freedom-Jumping Here and Jumping There-Four Ethical Gestures

SCHOLIUM 4.1: LANGUAGE, LALANGUE
SCHOLIUM 4.2 – PROKOFIEV’S TRAVELS
SCHOLIUM 4.3: BECKETT AS THE WRITER OF ABSTRACTION

“Sex and the Failed Absolute is to Žižek’s corpus what Malevich’s Black Square was to his artistic oeuvre. In this watershed book, interweaving the odd couple of quantum physics and sexuality, Žižek offers readers the distilled essence of a new dialectical materialism. This reinvents the very foundations of Žižekian ontology” – Adrian Johnston, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, University of New Mexico, U.S.A

“Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj Žižek.” – John Gray, New York Review of Books

“Like Socrates on steroids… breathtakingly perceptive. The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in many decades.” – Terry Eagleton

“The excitable fluency, ursine congeniality and gleeful readiness to provoke and offend all feed the sense of authentic sponanaeity and energy that has made Žižek somethig like European philosophy’s punk icon, packing out auditoriums around the world.” – Josh Cohen, New Statesman

“A gifted speaker-tumultuous, emphatic, direct-he writes as he speaks.” – Jonathan Rée, Guardian

“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” – Adam Kirsch, New Republic

“Žižek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” – New Yorker

“A relentless iconoclast, a restless wordsmith, an inventive thinker with a hatred of received wisdom, an underminer of conventionally acknowledged truths.” – Bookforum

© Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 2019

 

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