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Zizek and Theology (Philosophy and Theology) [Paperback]

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Pages   174
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2008
Publisher   T&T Clark
ISBN  0567032450  
EAN  9780567032454  

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Slavoj Zižek has been called an "academic rock star." As public visibility of the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst increases, so too does the depth of his engagement with Christian theology. Zižek's recent work includes extended treatments of key Christian thinkers from Paul, Pascal, and Kierkegaard to G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, while Christology and other theological themes have provided crucial points of reference. Zižek has even said that "to become a true dialectical materialist, one should go through the Christian experience."

But Zižek's work on Christianity often overwhelms students of theology. To be sure, Zižek's style of argumentation is unusual and his concepts are complex. But the more basic problem is that his work on Christianity is a further development of a broader intellectual project established in many volumes produced in the course of the 1990s. This book will bring students of theology up to speed on this broader intellectual project, with an eye toward what brings Zižek to an explicit engagement with Christianity and how both his earlier and more recent works are relevant for theological reflection.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Adam Kotsko is Visiting Assistant Professorof Religions at Kalamazoo College (USA). His current research interests include 20th century European philosophy and early Christian thought.

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A Timely and Important Overview  Sep 12, 2008
This book is an important addition to anyone's Zizek library as well as a very solid "introductory" work for anyone wanting to get in on the conversation. Hat's off to Kotsko for writing this fine book!

Since the writing of The Parallax View it's now a good time to take stock of Zizek's project and how it has evolved. Kotsko's book is "given over to a general overview of Zizek's thought from The Sublime Object of Ideology [Zizek's inaugural English language work] to The Parallax View, with a special focus on understanding and contextualizing his turn to theology within the trajectory of his work" (p. 3). Zizek and Theology does an excellent job of providing exactly that. The book takes Zizek seriously as a philosopher of subjectivity, ethics and political theory in his own right, thus focusing less on Zizek's cultural analysis and ideology critique. At the same time, however, the book does not assume too much background knowledge in getting the reader up to speed on Zizek's most important ideas (Kotsko's breaking a "taboo" and periodizing Zizek's thought is very helpful). And for those already quite familiar with Zizek, the book gives a useful review and summarization of his main ideas; for example I found the chapter on Ideology Critique to be very helpful in illuminating some of Zizek's early ideas on ideology (if one were to "merely" take away from all this an understanding of how to think about ideology, e.g. what Zizek adds to Althusser, the idea of cynical reason, etc., that, in itself, would already be quite productive).

Of course the crux is: "what exactly Zizek's practice of a materialist theology entails, what brings him to theology, and what his work might mean for theologians" (p.2). The book, again, I believe, delivers on this, and helps the reader to get a grasp on Zizek's most developed notion of a materialist subjectivity, and what dialectical materialism means in its most rigorous formulation. For me, personally, the last part of the quote, "what his work might mean for theologians" is not a specific interest per se, but as a theory of materialist theology is central to Zizek's thinking, this book is certainly not only for theologians (or "theologists"), but for anyone interested in Zizek, ideology, subjectivity, and dialectical materialism.

Why is Zizek important today? Psychoanalysis (specifically the Slovenian Lacanians informed by German Idealism) with its materialist understanding of subjectivity and ideology is perhaps the most effective intervention in laying out the exact relation of the subject to power (i.e. the relation of the subject to authority, transference, the law, or, more specifically, global capital) via its theory of negativity and the real--something other branches of philosophy and nominalist-constructivist postmodern thought fail to do as thoroughly (and certainly fail to do on a materialist basis). Moreover, Zizek's conceptualization of materialist theology suggests a corresponding ethics and the hope of a non-ideological order (p. 125-126). In this way Zizek certainly is a continuation of Enlightenment thought and anyone who, like Kotsko, can provide a clear and concise approach to Zizek's work is doing a service to ethical thought and practice which is urgently needed in our present times.

I think the book also is a good companion to the works listed below:

The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig

Zizek's Ontology: A Transcendental Materialist Theory of Subjectivity (SPEP)

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