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The Parallax View

Author : Slavoj Žižek
ISBN : 9780262265188
Genre : Philosophy
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The Parallax View is Slavoj Žižek's most substantial theoretical work to appear in many years; Žižek himself describes it as his magnum opus. Parallax can be defined as the apparent displacement of an object, caused by a change in observational position. Žižek is interested in the "parallax gap" separating two points between which no synthesis or mediation is possible, linked by an "impossible short circuit" of levels that can never meet. From this consideration of parallax, Žižek begins a rehabilitation of dialectical materialism.Modes of parallax can be seen in different domains of today's theory, from the wave-particle duality in quantum physics to the parallax of the unconscious in Freudian psychoanalysis between interpretations of the formation of the unconscious and theories of drives. In The Parallax View, Žižek, with his usual astonishing erudition, focuses on three main modes of parallax: the ontological difference, the ultimate parallax that conditions our very access to reality; the scientific parallax, the irreducible gap between the phenomenal experience of reality and its scientific explanation, which reaches its apogee in today's brain sciences (according to which "nobody is home" in the skull, just stacks of brain meat -- a condition Žižek calls "the unbearable lightness of being no one"); and the political parallax, the social antagonism that allows for no common ground. Between his discussions of these three modes, Žižek offers interludes that deal with more specific topics -- including an ethical act in a novel by Henry James and anti-anti-Semitism.The Parallax View not only expands Žižek's Lacanian-Hegelian approach to new domains (notably cognitive brain sciences) but also provides the systematic exposition of the conceptual framework that underlies his entire work. Philosophical and theological analysis, detailed readings of literature, cinema, and music coexist with lively anecdotes and obscene jokes.
Category: Philosophy

The Parallax View

Author : Gerardo Corral Gambirazzio
ISBN : UCAL:X83538
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The Parallax View

Author : Katarzyna Owczarek
ISBN : IND:30000077644429
Genre : Poets, Polish
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"Miłosz and his points of contact with Russia is the subject of the present study which was undertaken in hopes of gaining an insight into the formation of cultural stereotypes. If we follow lung's assumption that the subconscious is dependent on telluric conditions, the geographical architectonics of Miłosz's birthplace and his epiphany-like encounter with Russia gain the status of the cartography of cultural belonging and of the constant evaluation of the self as well as of explaining one's life, and ultimately of finding one's way 'home' and of restoring the sacred dimension. Despite abundant scholarship on Miłosz, there is not a single study, which would address Miłosz's mental meanderings concerning Russia. He is most often treated as a poet and when he is analyzed as an essayist or a prose writer, he loses his complexity because he is treated exclusively as one or the other: as a writer with an autobiographical slant or as an author of a political science genre. The interdisciplinary approach, employed in this study, supports a vision of Russia that is, indeed, multi-farious and constantly shifting. Miłosz's vision of Russia is characterized by duality which is closely bound to an internal split within Miłosz - the man who is balancing between being alienated from and being reconciled to the human condition. However, this non-univocal quality is a function of the biblical legend of the Fall which in Miłosz's interpretation becomes a metaphor for human spiritual disinheritance. Atrophy of the religious imagination is clearly named by Miłosz as a culprit in the downward spiral of the disintegration of self-hood found in the excesses of Stalinism. A life destroyed by communism is re-created in Miłosz's writings as his tools for reconfiguring a meaningful insight into another culture are reinvented"--Leaf vi.
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The Subject Of Liberation

Author : Charles Wells
ISBN : 9781623564988
Genre : Political Science
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The book shares Žižek's central problem of how to revitalize the radical political left through theory. It initially follows the argument developed in The Ticklish Subject that contemporary leftist thought is divided by antagonism between a Marxist revolutionary politics founded on Enlightenment philosophy and a politics of identity founded on post-modern post-structuralism. How Žižek used Lacan's theory of character structures is examined here to describe this theoretical deadlock and explain how the dominant contemporary ideologies of liberal tolerant multiculturalism and reactionary "pseudo-fundamentalism" compete to mobilize the individual subject's unconscious drive to enjoyment. The book thus emphasizes the moments in which Žižek hints that Lacanian theory may describe a practice that facilitates the resolution of antagonisms that placate radical leftist politics. It challenges prevalent interpretations of Lacanian ends of analysis, to ultimately connect the psychoanalytic cure to the leftist project of social and political liberation. The Subject of Liberation argues that if Lacan is to be useful to leftist politics, then the left has to develop its own definitions of the post-analytic subject, and proposes one such definition developed out of Lacanian and Žižekian theory.
Category: Political Science

The Parallax View

Author : Lorenzo Semple (Jr.)
ISBN : OCLC:1057061588
Genre : Conspiracies
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The Parallax View

Author : Lorenzo Semple
ISBN : OCLC:156941632
Genre : Conspiracies
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Zizek And Theology

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9780567591968
Genre : Religion
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Slavoj Žižek has been called an "academic rock star." As public visibility of the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst increases, so too does the depth of his engagement with Christian theology. Žižek's recent work includes extended treatments of key Christian thinkers from Paul, Pascal, and Kierkegaard to G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, while Christology and other theological themes have provided crucial points of reference. Žižek has even said that "to become a true dialectical materialist, one should go through the Christian experience." But Žižek's work on Christianity often overwhelms students of theology. To be sure, Žižek's style of argumentation is unusual and his concepts are complex. But the more basic problem is that his work on Christianity is a further development of a broader intellectual project established in many volumes produced in the course of the 1990s. This book will bring students of theology up to speed on this broader intellectual project, with an eye toward what brings Žižek to an explicit engagement with Christianity and how both his earlier and more recent works are relevant for theological reflection.
Category: Religion

The Geopolitical Aesthetic

Author : Fredric Jameson
ISBN : 0253209668
Genre : Performing Arts
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Examines meanings and functions of narrative in film.
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The Moon

Author : James Nasmyth
ISBN : HARVARD:32044020797338
Genre : Lunar craters
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Conspiracy Theories In American History

Author : Peter Knight
ISBN : 9781576078129
Genre : History
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A reference guide to conspiracy theory presents over 300 entries describing events and theories, analyzing the historical, intellectual, and political context of each, and offering evidence to support or refute each one.
Category: History