‘Žižek and Politics: A Critical Introduction’ by Matthew Sharpe & Geoff M. Boucher

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Slavoj Žižek was born in 1949 and is a Slovenian political philosopher, sociologist, and cultural critic best known for his work on the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Žižek writes on many topics, including the Iraq War, political correctness, globalization, human rights, and multiculturalism. His thought has received mixed receptions, from celebratory to deeply critical, but his politics are the element that most needs critical reassessment.

This book introduces Žižek’s primary areas of interest and the fields in which he has made his most influential contributions: ideology and political subjectivity; political totalitarianism; and contemporary culture. It explores political topics about which Žižek’s interventions have been called partial or flawed, including liberalism, capitalism, the politics of religion, and political decisionism. A final section assesses Žižek and politics today. Each chapter considers the debates in which Žižek has intervened, his position, his positive contribution, and the limits of his position.