Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change

Author:   Adrian Johnston ,  Anthony J. Steinbock
Publisher:   Northwestern University Press
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Pages:   312
Publication Date:   15 November 2009
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Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change


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Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek together have emerged as two of Europe's most significant living philosophers. In a shared spirit of resistance to global capitalism, both are committed to bringing philosophical reflection to bear upon present-day political circumstances. These thinkers are especially interested in asking what consequences the supposed twentieth-century demise of communism entails for leftist political theory in the early twenty-first century. Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations examines Badiouian and Zizekian depictions of change, particularly as deployed at the intersection of philosophy and politics. The book details the origins of Badiou's concept of the event and Zizek's concept of the act as related theoretical visions of revolutionary happenings, delineating a number of difficulties arising from these similar concepts. Johnston finds that Badiou and Zizek tend to favor models of transformation that risk discouraging in advance precisely the efforts at changing the world of today that these uncompromising leftists so ardently desire. Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations will surely join Johnston's Zizek's Ontology as an instant classic in its field.

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Author:   Adrian Johnston ,  Anthony J. Steinbock
Publisher:   Northwestern University Press
Imprint:   Northwestern University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.567kg
ISBN:  

9780810125698


ISBN 10:   0810125692
Pages:   312
Publication Date:   15 November 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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Badiou, i ek, and Political Transformations examines a topic mostly ignored by philosophers, left to pre-theoretical pragmatic considerations: how does a political transformation occur, what is its inherent logic? Johnston mobilizes his vast knowledge of German Idealism and of psychoanalysis and provides a detailed account of how changes are prepared, explode, are repeated, delayed or missed. There simply is no other way to put it: with his last book, Johnston confirmed himself as the leading political philosopher not only of the younger generation, but of them all. Slavoj i ek


<i> Badiou, Zi&#382;ek, and Political Transformations</i> examines a topic mostly ignored by philosophers, left to pre-theoretical pragmatic considerations: how does a political transformation occur, what is its inherent logic? Johnston mobilizes his vast knowledge of German Idealism and of psychoanalysis and provides a detailed account of how changes are prepared, explode, are repeated, delayed or missed. There simply is no other way to put it: with his last book, Johnston confirmed himself as the leading political philosopher--not only of the younger generation, but of them all. --Slavoj Zi&#382;ek</p>


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Adrian Johnston is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, USA, and an assistant teaching analyst at the Emory Psychoanalytic Institute in Atlanta, USA. He is author, most recently, of Zizek Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (2008), also from Northwestern University Press.

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