‘Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Materialism’ by Agon Hamza & Frank Ruda


This book is the first volume to bring together the most prominent scholars who work on Slavoj Žižek’s philosophy, examining and interrogating his understanding of dialectical materialism. It deserves to be thoroughly and systematically elaborated because it attempts to propose a new foundation for dialectical materialism.


  1. Introduction: The Absolute Revisited—Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Materialism by Agon Hamza and Frank Ruda
  2. Materialism without Materialism: Slavoj Žižek and the Disappearance of Matter by Adrian Johnston
  3. The Althusserian Battlegrounds by Robert Pfaller
  4. The Necessity of an Absolute Misunderstanding: Why Hegel Has So Many Misreaders by Todd McGowan
  5. From Hegel to Kant: The Thing-of-Itself German Idealism by Jan Voelker
  6. Politics of Negativity in Slavoj Žižek: Actualizing Some Hegelian Themes by Vladimir Safatle
  7. Dialectic at Its Impurest: Žižek’s Materialism of Less Than Nothing by Simon Hajdini
  8. Natural Worlds, Historical Worlds, and Dialectical Materialism by Ed Pluth
  9. Positing the Presuppositions—Dialectical Biology and the Minimal Structure of Life by Victor Marques
  10. Transferential Materialism: Toward a Theory of Formal Otherness by Gabriel Tupinambá
  11. Dialectical Materialism and the Dangers of Aristotelianism by Frank Ruda
  12. Going to One’s Ground: Žižek’s Dialectical Materialism by Agon Hamza
  13. Afterword: Objects, Objects Everywhere by Slavoj Žižek