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For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor by Slavoj Žižek


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For They Know Not What They Do seeks to understand the status of enjoyment within ideological discourse, from Hegel through Lacan to these political and ideological deadlocks.

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In his incisive analysis, Slavoj Žižek presents a stark contrast between the forgiving nature of Christianity and the unyielding gaze of psychoanalysis. Unlike the benevolent forgiveness of God the Father, psychoanalysis offers no absolution for ignorance, as it uncovers the hidden enjoyment that lurks beneath the surface of our consciousness.

As the shackles of repression are loosened, Žižek contends, the eruption of this repressed enjoyment manifests in the resurgence of aggressive nationalism and racism, particularly in the wake of the collapse of state socialism. Far from embodying democratic ideals, these emergent desires reveal the darker undercurrents of our collective psyche.

To unravel this perplexing paradox, Žižek advocates for a fusion of socialist critical thought with psychoanalytic inquiry. Through a journey spanning from Hegel to Lacan, Žižek probes the intricate relationship between ideology and enjoyment, weaving together disparate strands of theory and popular culture. In this captivating exploration, Hegel converses with Rossellini, Marx intersects with Hitchcock, and Lacan dances with Frankenstein, offering profound insights into the complexities of our ideological landscape.

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Weight0.4 kg
Title

For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor

Publisher

Verso

Author

Slavoj Žižek

Book binding

paperback

Release date

17/11/1991

Condition

used

ISBN/EAN        9780860915638