Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical by Slavoj Žižek

By Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek’s masterwork at the Hegelian legacy.

For the final centuries, Western philosophy has built within the shadow of Hegel, whose impression each one new philosopher attempts in useless to flee: no matter if within the identify of the pre-rational Will, the social strategy of creation, or the contingency of person life. Hegel’s absolute idealism has turn into the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the truth that he's the dominant thinker of the epochal historic transition to modernity; a interval with which our personal time stocks startling similarities.

Today, as worldwide capitalism comes aside on the seams, we're coming into a brand new transition. In Less Than Nothing, the head book of a exotic profession, Slavoj Žižek argues that it's primary that we now not easily go back to Hegel yet that we repeat and exceed his triumphs,overcoming his boundaries through being much more Hegelian than the grasp himself. Such an strategy not just allows Žižek to diagnose our current , but additionally to interact in a serious discussion with the main strands of up to date thought—Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics and cognitive sciences. Modernity will start and finish with Hegel.

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To answer this question, Plato is compelled to counter Parmenides's thesis that "it is impossible that things that are not are": things which are not (but only appear to be) also somehow are­ how? , not as excluded hom the domain of Being), but as a Difference within the domain of Being: neg · ative predication indicates something different hom the predicate (when I say "this is not black;' I thereby imply that it is a color other than black). Plato's basic strategy is thus to relativize non-being, that is, to treat it not as an absolute nega"" lion of being but as a relational negation of a predicate.

Rather sensible advice, judging from my own post­ Yugoslav experience, where the path to ethnic cleansing was prepared by the dangerous dreams of poets--the Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic being only one among them. ) From a Platonic standpoint, what does a poem about the Holocaust do? It proVides a "description without place": it renders the Idea of Holocaust. Recall the old Catholic strategy for guarding men against the sins of the flesh: when tempted by a voluptuous female body, imagine how it will look in a couple of clecades-the wrinlded skin and sagging breasts .

During the "present" of the boxcar journey in Le grand voyage, Gerard conveys his memories to an unnamed companion dubbed "Ie gars de Semur" (the guy from Semur). Why this need for an interlocutor? What function does he have? Gerard informs us at the outset that his companion will die upon arriving at the camp, so he clearly stands for the dWindling presence of the big Other, the recipient of our speech. In the concentration camp, there is no big Other, no one on whom we can count to receive and verify our testimony.

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