Slavoj Žižek is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important contemporary thinkers. His work has contributed dramatically to the reinvention and revivification of many key theoretical and political debates. Indeed, his vociferous and challenging body of work amounts to a sustained, ground-breaking, terrain-shifting and far reaching intervention into a large number of academic disciplines, intellectual fields and cultural debates. The Truth of Žižek addresses the rigorous critical assessment demanded by this broad and increasingly influential corpus. This timely and compelling collection of essays from an international team of leading Žižekian scholars addresses the full range of Žižek’s theoretical interventions, assessing critically the political, philosophical, psychoanalytical, cultural and institutional stakes of his work. Each chapter engages with and challenges Žižek’s thought to explicate a key aspect of his work, clarifying its importance and challenging its claims through rigorous critique. By focusing on Žižek’s contributions to these disciplines, fields and debates, this collection sets out to diagnose and assess the emergence of a ‘ Žižekian moment’ within contemporary intellectual, cultural and political events. The Truth of Žižek provides the first sustained engagement with and assessment of the significant impact of Žižek’s work. This compelling and valuable collection of essays from cutting edge scholars picks up the gauntlet thrown down by Žižek: the demand that his readers respond with ‘the coldness and cruelty of true friendship.’
Simon Critchley: Foreword: Why Žižek Must Be Defended
Paul Bowman and Richard Stamp: Editors’ Introduction: Is this not precisely … The Truth of Žižek.
Leigh Claire La Berge: The Writing Cure: Slavoj Žižek, Analysand of Modernity.
Paul Bowman: The Tao of Žižek.
Mark Devenney: Žižek’s Passion for the Real: The Real of Terror, The Terror of the Real.
Jeremy Gilbert: All the Right Questions, All the Wrong Answers.
Iain Hamilton Grant: The Insufficiency of Ground: On Žižek’s Schellingianism.
Oliver Marchart: Acting and the Act: On Slavoj Žižek’s Political Ontology.
John Mowitt: Trauma Envy.
Ian Parker: The Truth of Over-identification.
Richard Stamp: ‘Another exemplary case’: Žižek’s example.
Jeremy Valentine: Denial, Anger and Resentment.
Slavoj Žižek: Afterword: With Defenders Like These, Who Needs Attackers?