Between Marxism and Postmodernism: Slavoj Zizek Doing the Impossible

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Title: Between Marxism and Postmodernism: Slavoj Zizek Doing the Impossible
Authors: Del Duca, Alexander M.
Date: 2013
Abstract: This work seeks to address the major texts of Slavoj Zizek using a reading methodology which treats political philosophy as a practice, rather than a series of logical propositions or claims of truth or falsity. Philosophy is herein understood as a field of relations among authors who occupy precise theoretical and political coordinates. Writing produces and reproduces an author's position within this field via the way in which an author communicates with his/her peers, draws on past concepts, and designs new ones. This paper argues that Zizek cannot usefully be grasped as a theorist attempting to provide positive political solutions or analyses, but rather as a 'negative' force who occupies an impossible position by attempting to negate his peers and popular contemporary theoretical concepts - Zizek wishes to create a new intellectual space where political possibilities can be rethought and rediscovered, and he does this in his texts by ephemerally occupying multiple positions only to displace them.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/24079
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-2970
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