The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan by Slavoj Žižek

By Slavoj Žižek

What will we learn about Hegel? What will we learn about Marx? What can we find out about democracy and totalitarianism? Communism and psychoanalysis? What can we understand that isn't a platitude that we've heard one thousand instances - or a self-satisfied walk in the park? via his excellent examining of Hegel, Slavoj Zizek - the most provocative and widely-read thinkers of our time - upends our conventional figuring out, dynamites each cliché and undermines each conviction in an effort to transparent the floor for brand new methods of answering those questions.

When Lacan defined Hegel because the ‘most elegant hysteric’, he was once bearing on the way in which that the hysteric asks questions simply because he reports his personal wish as though it have been the Other's hope. within the dialectical procedure, the query requested of the opposite is resolved via a reflexive flip within which the query starts off to operate as its personal solution. We had made Hegel into the theorist of abstraction and response, yet by way of examining Hegel with Lacan, Zizek unveils a Hegel of the concrete and of revolution - his personal, and the only to come.

This early and dazzlingly unique paintings by means of Zizek deals a special perception into the guidelines that have seeing that develop into hallmarks of his mature proposal. it will likely be of significant curiosity to someone drawn to severe concept, philosophy and modern social inspiration.

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It looked at things in a way which no one had thought or dared to look. (Nolte 1966: 56) What is it that Maurras did? He neither introduced new evidence nor refuted the evidence that already existed. What he provided was a reinterpretation that put the whole “affair” in a completely different light. ” After seeing how the Jewish “Treason Syndicate” was exploiting a legal technicality in order to undermine the foundations of French life and break the strength of the Army, Henry quickly told a patriotic “white lie” in order to stop the nation from going over the edge.

There is therefore a development inside the field of ethics – the “battlefield of the spirit against itself” – that arrives in the form of the necessary conflict of duties (the confrontation of two ethical positions, that of Antigone and Creon in Antigone, for example). In these situations, “pathological” particularity reemerges at the very heart of the ethical edifice: Good itself, posited as exclusive, coincides with absolute Evil. Necessity as a retroactive effect The concept that, through its self-development, divides itself and necessarily posits its externality as the domain of happenstance, evokes the idea of an essential Necessity that realizes, self-mediates, and “expresses” itself through a multitude of contingent conditions.

The same operation takes place in fascism. )? ” The “Dreyfus Affair” is a paradigmatic example of the “miraculous twist” in discourse that is produced by the intervention of a quilting point. Its role in French and European political history already resembles that of a quilting point – it restructured the entire world of politics and sparked, directly or indirectly, a whole series of shifts that, still today, define the political landscape: the final separation of Church and State in bourgeois democracies, the socialist collaboration with bourgeois governments and the resulting schism between social democrats and communists, the birth of Zionism, the rise of anti-Semitism as the defining feature of “right-wing populism,” etc.

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