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  • Acknowledgments  ix

    Introduction: The Trouble with Žižek / Agon Hamza 1

    Part I. Philosophy

     1. "Freedom or System? Yes, Please!": How to Read Slavoj Žižek's Less Than Nothing—Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism / Adrian Johnston 7

    2. How to Repeat Plato?: For a Platonism of the Non-All / Frank Ruda 43

    3. Materialism between Critique and Speculation / Samo Tomšic 58

    4. Žižek's Reading Machine / Benjamin Noys 72

    5. The Shift of the Gaze in Žižek's Philosophical Writing / Katja Kolšek 84

    6. The Two Cats: Žižek, Derrida, and Other Animals / Oxana Timofeeva 100

    Part II. Psychoanalysis

    7. "Father, Don't You See I'm Burning?": Žižek, Psychoanalysis, and the Apocalypse / Catherine Malabou 113

    8. Enjoy Your Truth: Lacan as Vanishing Mediator between Badiou and Žižek / Bruno Bosteels 127

    9. The Discourse of the Wild Analyst / Henrik Jøker Bjerre and Brian Benjamin Hansen 146

    10. "Vers un Significant Nouveau": Our Task after Lacan / Gabriel Tupinambá 159

    11. Mourning or Melancholia? Collapse of Capitalism and Delusional Attachments / Fabio Vighi 180

    Part III. Politics

    12. Žižek with Marx: Outside in the Critique of Political Economy / Gavin Walker 195

    13. Žižek as a Reader of Marx, Marx as a Reader of Žižek / Geoff Pfeifer 213

    14. A Plea for Žižekian Politics / Agon Hamza 226

    Part IV. Religion

    15. The Problem of Christianity and Žižek's "Middle Period" / Adam Kotsko 243

    16. Islam: How Could It Have Emerged After Christianity? / Sead Zimeri 256

    Afterword. The Minimal Event: From Hystericization to Subjective Destitution / Slavoj Žižek 269

    Contributors 287

    Index 291
  • Henrik Jøker Bjerre

    Bruno Bosteels

    Brian Benjamin Hansen

    Adrian Johnston

    Katje Kolšek

    Adam Kotsko

    Catherine Malabou

    Benjamin Noys

    Geoff Pfeifer

    Frank Ruda

    Oxana Timofeeva

    Samo Tomšič

    Gabriel Tupinambá

    Fabio Vighi

    Gavin Walker

    Sead Zimeri

  • "[A] key contribution to contemporary critical thinking. . . . [T]his is required reading for those interested in understanding the value of Žižek's work as a philosopher."


  • "[A] key contribution to contemporary critical thinking. . . . [T]his is required reading for those interested in understanding the value of Žižek's work as a philosopher."

  • "A truly excellent collection. The authors are not Žižek followers but members of an independent intellectual fellowship that takes seriously the claim that Žižek offers the world what Badiou calls a 'new topology.'" — Joan Copjec, Brown University

    "Repeating Žižek's new engagements with the work of Slavoj Žižek are serious and refreshing. The essays take up the most pressing questions Žižek's work poses. Whereas other discussions of him endlessly discuss his jokes, style, and embrace of popular culture, the essays collected here pursue philosophical, psychoanalytic, and political questions. From the outset, Agon Hamza's insistence on treating Žižek's thought as a philosophical system sweeps aside the interpretive clutter that has plagued Žižek's interpretation for over twenty years. Finally, we can get some work done." — Jodi Dean, author of, Žižek's Politics

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    Repeating Žižek offers a serious engagement with the ideas and propositions of philosopher Slavoj Žižek. Often subjecting Žižek's work to a Žižekian analysis, this volume's contributors consider the possibility (or impossibility) of formalizing Žižek's ideas into an identifiable philosophical system. They examine his interpretations of Hegel, Plato, and Lacan, outline his debates with Badiou, and evaluate the implications of his analysis of politics and capitalism upon Marxist thought. Other essays focus on Žižek's approach to Christianity and Islam, his "sloppy" method of reading texts, his relation to current developments in neurobiology, and his theorization of animals. The book ends with an afterword by Žižek in which he analyzes Shakespeare's and Beckett's plays in relation to the subject. The contributors do not reach a consensus on defining a Žižekian school of philosophy—perhaps his idiosyncratic and often heterogeneous ideas simply resist synthesis—but even in their repetition of Žižek, they create something new and vital.

    Contributors. Henrik Jøker Bjerre, Bruno Bosteels, Agon Hamza, Brian Benjamin Hansen, Adrian Johnston, Katja Kolšek, Adam Kotsko, Catherine Malabou, Benjamin Noys, Geoff Pfeifer, Frank Ruda, Oxana Timofeeva, Samo Tomšic, Gabriel Tupinambá, Fabio Vighi, Gavin Walker, Sead Zimeri, Slavoj Žižek

    About The Author(s)

    Agon Hamza is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana, Slovenia. With Slavoj Žižek, he is the coauthor of From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo.
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