Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism

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Verso Books, May 22, 2012 - Philosophy - 1056 pages
A thousand-page resurrection of Hegel, from the bestselling philosopher and critic who has been hailed as “one of the world’s best-known public intellectuals” (New York Review of Books)

For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of Hegel, an influence each new thinker struggles to escape. As a consequence, Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the defining philosopher of the historical transition to modernity, a period with which our own times share startling similarities.

Today, as global capitalism comes apart at the seams, we are entering a new period of transition. In Less Than Nothing—the product of a career-long focus on the part of its author—Slavoj Žižek argues it is imperative we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables Žižek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with key strands of contemporary thought—Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics, and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.
 

Contents

Eppur Si Muove
1
Vacillating the Semblances
23
Where There Is Nothing Read That I Love You
79
Fichtes Choice
137
Is It Still Possible to Be a Hegelian Today?
193
Marx as a Reader of Hegel Hegel as a Reader of Marx
241
Figures of the Dialectical Process
265
Cogito in the History of Madness
327
Borrowing from the Future Changing the Past
557
Suture and Pure Difference
581
Correlationism and Its Discontents
625
Objects Objects Everywhere
649
Cognitivism and the Loop of SelfPositing
715
The NonAll or the Ontology of Sexual Difference
739
The Foursome of Terror Anxiety Courage and Enthusiasm
805
The Foursome of Struggle Historicity Will and Gelassenheit
859

Not Only as Substance but Also as Subject
359
King Rabble War and Sex
417
The Limits of Hegel
455
Lacan as a Reader of Hegel
507
The Ontology of Quantum Physics
905
The Political Suspension ofthe Ethical
963
Index
1011
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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times; First as Tragedy, Then as Farce; In Defense of Lost Causes; four volumes of the Essential Žižek; and many more.

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