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The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan

by Slavoj Žižek

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I do not know how a 'professional philosopher' would view this work, but for us, very heavy, very humble mortals, this is a great explanation of current thinking. This is not a book that could have been written by a Brit, it takes its subject seriously but refuses to kowtow to the expert's expertise.

I did intend to read this book from cover to cover but, for me, it is too dense for that, I shall use it in two ways; firstly, to dip in and secondly, as a reference book - when I come across a casual reference to a tract, this book will educate me upon the meaning.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0745663753, Paperback)

What do we know about Hegel? What do we know about Marx? What do we know about democracy and totalitarianism? Communism and psychoanalysis? What do we know that isn't a platitude that we've heard a thousand times - or a self-satisfied certainty? Through his brilliant reading of Hegel, Slavoj Zizek - one of the most provocative and widely-read thinkers of our time - upends our traditional understanding, dynamites every cliché and undermines every conviction in order to clear the ground for new ways of answering these questions.

When Lacan described Hegel as the ‘most sublime hysteric’, he was referring to the way that the hysteric asks questions because he experiences his own desire as if it were the Other's desire. In the dialectical process, the question asked of the Other is resolved through a reflexive turn in which the question begins to function as its own answer. We had made Hegel into the theorist of abstraction and reaction, but by reading Hegel with Lacan, Zizek unveils a Hegel of the concrete and of revolution - his own, and the one to come.

This early and dazzlingly original work by Zizek offers a unique insight into the ideas which have since become hallmarks of his mature thought. It will be of great interest to anyone interested in critical theory, philosophy and contemporary social thought.

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