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Category Archives: Slavoj Žižek

Round Again with Intentions

In light of the ensuing discussion, it seemed like a good idea to fill out the whole issue of the ethical relevance of intentions a bit more. What is absolutely important in regard to this issue is to understand the way “intention” must never be used to absolve us of our actions. This is at […]

The Monstrosity of Milbank

Adam Kotsko has a lengthy and helpful rumination on Milbank’s contribution to the new Milbank-Žižek book, The Monstrosity of Christ. Here’s a bit: The more serious point, however, is that despite the capaciousness of Milbank’s Catholicism, it seems to be unable to “account for” one thing — precisely Christ. Everything seems to work just fine […]

Violence and Anarchism

The critic of any Christian appropriation of anarchism tends to argue that anarchy is more violent than the current order, and, as such always inherently worse than our desires to oppose whatever hegemony happens to be in place. It seems incontrovertible that the recommendation of anarchism is, by its very nature more violent, dangerous, and […]

If we Speak for God, then Everything is Permitted

Žižek takes Dostoyevsky’s dictum “If God doessn’t exist, then everything is permitted” to task, claming, in true Žižek fashion, that the opposite is in fact true: if God does exist everything is permitted to those who speak for God: “[Dostoyevsky] couldn’t have been more wrong: the lesson of today’s terrorism is that if there is […]

Žižek and the Logic of Religious Violence

In his book, Violence, Slavoj Žižek contests the standard story that religious adherents use in response to the claim that religion causes violence. Generally it is claimed that perpetrators of religious violence are “only abusing and perverting the noble spiritual message of their creed.” Žižek argues instead that we should wise up and admit that […]

Žižek in a Crowd of Urban Hipsters

It was a delight last night to go and listen to Slovoj Žižek speak here in Portland. Though he was, allegedly here to speak on and promote his most recent book, his actual lecture, was of course something rather different. He spoke about the “culture of politeness,” the nature of academic discourse, the problems with […]

The Need for True Fundamentalists

Today we hear about nothing more than the “collision of civilizations,” the notion that the primary site of global conflict in our world is between two powers, the liberal cosmopolitan power of global capitalism and the backlash against that from traditional societies, largely in the Middle East, fundamentalism. The conflict seems to be, as Žižek […]

The Dark Side of the Sexual Revolution

“Here is the dark side of 1960s ‘sexual liberation’: the full commodification of sexuality. . . . sex is an absolute necessity, to renounce it is to wither away, so love cannot flourish without sex; simultaneously, however, love is impossible precisely because of sex; sex which ‘proliferates as the epitome of late capitalism’s dominance, has […]

Žižek on Violence

I’m currently reading Savoj Žižek’s latest book, Violence: Six Sideways Reflections. The book it vintage Žižek, going off on somewhat related tangents frequently that are always thought-provoking and often entertaining. What is helpful about the book is the way in which it rightly complexifies talk of violence and peace. Žižek delineates three forms that violence […]

If Žižek Became a Christian…?

I’ve often wondered what kind of Christian Slovoj Žižek would be if he converted.  Would he likely be a Roman Catholic?  Protestant?  Eastern Orthodox?  I’d say his theology lends itself to a particularly protestant flavor, sometimes reading almost just like Eberhard Jüngel or Jürgen Moltmann.  His notion of the crucifixion as the end of any sort of abstract […]

Žižek on Reflexive Racism

In The Fragile Abolute, Slavoj Žižek opens his book with a discussion about how to best encapsulate the “gist of an epoch.”  He argues that to understand the cultural-political reality of a particular time and place we must look, not so much at the explicit features that define the “social and ideological edifices” of that […]

Metz, Žižek, and the Politics of Apocalyptic History

One of the interesting elements of Johann Baptist Metz’s political theology are the multiple interstices between it and the theological-philosophical expostulations of Slavoj Žižek.  One of the essential points of continuity is the way in which both of the, drawing on Frankfurt School Marxist critical theorists, try to take seriously the realities of how modern […]

If you want to read a good post…

You should definitely check out Christian’s latest blog entry.  It is a probing discussion of how socio-linguistic boundaries between the church and the world make it possible (or not) for Christian and non-Christians to work together in building a more just world.  Through an examination of the socialist politics of Eugene McCarraher and Slovoj Zizek, Christian […]

Radical Trinitarianism: §5.1: Transcendence & Divine Non-competitiveness

We come now to an examination of an all-important issue in Christian theology, that of the issue of divine transcendence.  Central to the Christian faith is the confession that God is the “creator of heaven and earth”; all that is exists simply and entirely because of God.  The Jewish and Christian confession that the God […]

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