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Why are Leftists so crazy about Žižek?

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I can't figure out what so many people find so exciting about this one man or his theories. Maybe I need to read up on Lacan first?
asked Oct 6, 2010 by enkidu (6,110 points)

2 Answers

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a while ago i asked a question similar to this one (although i would say it's hipsters, not leftists, who are enamored), and was told (essentially) that it's because zizek is a snappy talker. he is more engaging to his audience (when talking about philosophy) than most other current philosophical speakers.
add to that the exciting boundary crossing of things like the stalin poster (etc) on the wall of zizek's home, and you get the hipsters in a perpetual ironic lather loop.
answered Oct 7, 2010 by dot (50,780 points)
And here's a phrase that should be included in ALL anarchist discourse (at least when discussing hipsters, leftists, and lazy intellectuals):
perpetual ironic lather loop.
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Zizek is one of a number of contemporary continental philosophers (Agamben, Badiou, maybe Spivak etc) that feels the post-structuralist rupture with modernity is perhaps overstated, and that political liberation is a realistic, achievable project.  Obviously a philosophy after Derrida, Foucault, Deleuze et al won't ever be the same, so this is not suggest that group has dismissed them altogether (or of course that these post-moderns didn't believe in some sort of liberatory project), but rather that they believe in the strategic application of essentialisms and universalities in the attack on existent social orders.  Zizek specific is firmly grounded in Marx (Hegel) and psychoanalysis, so while quite the majority of humanities people at my school are still talking about foucauldian discourse analysis, Zizek is going back to gramsci and Lacan and talking about ideology, the real etc.   His foundation in Marx makes him a staunch critic of capitalism, but hes not boring as fuck and even from a more anti-civ perspective I happen to share something of an affinity with him. The film Zizek is funny as shit.  I'm not a zizek scholar or really that engaged with contiental philosohpy, but I guess, brief, he is offering some people an alternative to what is thought of as a trend towards ivory tower, relativist critiques.
answered Dec 14, 2010 by anomie (120 points)
edited Dec 14, 2010 by anomie