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En esta obra provocativa y original Slavoj Zizek contempla el tema de la mediación humana en un mundo posmoderno Desde el hundimiento del Titanic hasta La ventana indiscreta de Hichcock desde las óperas de Wagner hasta la ciencia ficción desde Alien hasta el chiste judío los agudos análisis del autor exploran las fantasías ideológicas de completud y exclusión ue elabora la sociedad humana Zizek está en desacuerdo con los análisis de. I have no business reviewing this book I have not the background in theory nor the knowledge of the history or methods of philosophical discourse or Lacanian psychoanalysis nor even a strong enough grasp on the concepts and terminologies to adeuately say anything enlightening about The Sublime Object of Ideology To do so adeuately and thoroughly I think might reuire me to write a book called On Žižek’s Sublime Object Of Ideology which of course would be ridiculous and widely discredited So my options are twofold remain silent or say something radically insufficient But as Lacan teaches “when we are confronted with an apparently clear choice sometimes the correct thing to do is choose the worst option” So apologies in advance for what follows The Sublime Object Of Ideology is the first book Žižek published I have the advantage of having read some of his recent less theory oriented books and have watched many of his online lectures and his Pervert’s Guides so with hindsight I can enjoy the pleasure of seeing in his first publication the groundwork for what has come after and been developed into his multifaceted broad body of cultural critiue This book is dense and difficult and it reuired me to consult my beginner’s guide to Lacan many times and also to search out Hegelian Kantian Heidegerreaneannn Fichtean et al ideas and definitions of terms online So it was work It was not entertainment Yet it strangely was and often Why did I not stop reading this book even though there were sections I had to reread three times and consult outside sources and basically learn again to use words not in my accustomed definition or context but in this new language of Hegelian Žižekean Lacanese and accept that there were certain passages that would remain for a long time enigmatic and beyond me Part of this lesson of perseverance comes from the book itself to accept the limitations inherent in existing as a subject; but beyond that Žižek anchors his theory in references to things that are very clear to me film and literature Hitchcock and Buñuel and Austen and Kafka or in his famous little perverted jokes about totalitarianism and bureaucratic absurdity and psychological contradictions So you take your machete and chop through the thick jungle undergrowth of theory and then you come to a little clearing a Žižekean insertion joke or reference and then you realize something odd has happened the preceding density the exposition of theory that led to its distillation in the joke or cultural reference has somehow embedded itself in your unconscious it has somehow achieved some kind of germination while you weren’t looking while you were paying attention to something else and suddenly there is a kind of obscure clarity that comes Žižek possesses that uality that usually makes the difference between a really smart teacher you hate and a really smart teacher you like humor and he has it in droves He may be the smartest guy in the room in every room he’s ever been in but he knows a dirty joke or three to lighten the moodThe book itself is an analysis and critiue of human agency in the postmodern world As his first book I see it as Žižek’s opening volley his first jab at getting past postmodernism and poststructuralism and attempting a way out of the deadlock of the externally determined subject He accomplishes this through his now notorious reading of Hegel through Lacan and Lacan back through Hegel with Marx hanging around and Freud and Kant and well the entire history of philosophy psychoanalysis and linguistics Like I said the smartest guy in any given room At this point a lot of reviewers brighter and better than I might go into a lengthy analysis of his philosophy with counter examples and arguments from sundry sources and their own critiue but as my stated aim and highest ambition is radical insufficiency I’m just going to note a few of the points that really stuck with me and hope that it is clear that to get at any of this with any kind of a thing approaching understanding you should just go to the book itselfThe main concern of The Sublime Object is the passing of the subject through modes of “reflection” the goal being a kind of “subjective destitution” where the subject no longer presupposes himself as subject but by recognizing the non existence of the big Other annuls himself as subject and comes to accept “misrecognition” the gap between the Real and its symbolization as not only fundamental to his subjective freedom but constitutive of himself as a “positing” subject Sound like a mess Well by the end of this book this comes to mean something I’ll attempt to put it into other words Every interaction with the material phenomenal world is mediated by and through a language of some kind or better through the form of a language as Lacanian theory posits that even the unconscious is structured like a language We can only approach the phenomenal world through the medium and modes of signification and symbolization But the act of signifying the use of language is limited is at times paradoxical and thus open to fissures and errors of understanding and perception and obviously this implies errors of self realization self determination A subject I now like to think of “subject” as meaning “man as unnatural “nature sick unto death”” sick with the affliction of language is born thrown into the symbolic network the big Other Language Law Society and presumed to know how to act within it But unlike the Foucaldian notion of subject as one who must “without any support from universal rules build his own mode of self mastery; he must harmonize the antagonism of the powers within himself invent himself so to speak produce himself as subject find his own particular art of living” a classic “postmodern notion Žižek emphasizes a notion of subject aligned with Althusser and his “insistence on the fact that a certain cleft a certain fissure misrecognition characterizes the human condition as such”This “unavoidable misrecognition” this delusion of the subject attempting to signify itself within the symbolic network of the big Other this ideological distortion is where Žižek finds Hegel and Lacan meeting and piercing the veil or to be precise piercing the illusion of the exi

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The Sublime Object of IdeologyLa condición posmoderna desde Habermas hasta Sloterkijk y expone la idea de ue el mundo “posideológico” ignora ue “aun cuando no nos tomemos las cosas en serio seguimos haciéndolas” Zizek rechaza el mundo unificado posmodernista de superficies y traza una línea de pensamiento de Hagel a Althusser y Lacan en la ue el sujeto humano está escindido dividido por un profundo antagonismo ue determina la realidad social y a través del. I cannot write to the impact that Slavoj Žižek's The Sublime Object of Ideology has had upon Lacanian Psychoanalyis or Marxist Criticism I cannot even lie enough to tell you dear reader that I understood the majority of this text But I do know that of what I understood I thoroughly enjoyed and gathered not only a new perception of the world but the terminology with which to envision itBefore remarking that Žižek's writing is or that Žižek's interpretation of the Lacanian is let me state why I read this book and why someone should read this book I'll begin with the latter I cannot imagine a reason for someone to read this book Unless said person is interested in Lacanian Psychoanalysis Marxism Stalinism a general critiue of the Postmodern etc But these are highly individualized and specialized reasons I read this for one of those reasons I knew this was a seminal work and I like Žižek's writing I find him uite entertaining and I appreciate what many criticize about Žižek namely his blend of good ol' Socialist humor adjacent to MarxistLacanian theoryBut on with the show For a number of years now uite before I knew of Žižek I have been approaching individuals with this notion there is no such thing as choice Now I don't go saying this willy nilly to everyone; no Gosh no I only reserve it for those who I wish to engage in a bit of an intellectual battle with ie someone who can perhaps change my mind or better yet harden my thought You can work this notion from the consumerist angle of limited selection or the lovely Leninist paraphrase freedom but for whom and for what or any others to fit your sparring partner But what you really want them to realize is that even what they say to me has been determined Even me saying there is no choice is determined by a mix of my experiences memory journeys gender class race language nationalism heredity and so on and so on But I am totally okay with thatYou see they my straw men fight to hold on to this banal notion of individuality being made up of choices—I had coffee this morning because I decided to; not because of my environment my internal make up my bank account my access to coffee the development of coffee as a commodity etc And when you present the absurd aphorism that there is no choice the first response is fear Go ahead try it on the first person you meet I'll waitIF a big IF you can get past this initial fear of the loss of morality freedom ability talent—not to mention the Protestant virtue of the individual—etc then you must counter their fear They must know that in the absence of choice or free will for you old school philosophers we still retain our individuality There is no one like you And there is no one like me Even an imitation is just that an imitation of the thing Even if I am an imitation I am still this original imitation that is occurring now God save Postmodernism Even the hypothetical identical twin sci fi crap renders individuality a truism Because no one can occupy your space or your time Even if they did the slightest deviance say a misplaced hair or an unbuttoned shirt collar would alter any similarities And even those things would not be choicesSo to make the theory of choice one simply must isolate an incident Then—and this is important which is why I used an em dash—the incident once severed from any prior beginnings or futile continuation is immediately rendered moral AND There are no moral phenomenon at all but only moral interpretations of phenomena Agreed I wouldn't acuiesce to someone who uotes Nietzsche either So let's try thisthe subject must freely choose the community to which he already belongs independent of his choice he must choose what is already given to him Further The point is that he is never actually in a position to choose he is always treated as if he had already chosen Finally we must stress that there is nothing 'totalitarian' about it The subject who thinks he can avoid this paradox and really have a free choice is a psychotic subject Žižek 186 original italicsI feel uite vindicated in my initial philosophical challenge And the thing is that there are a handful of other chapters and sub chapters that made total sense to me Totally Like pieces of How Did Marx invent the Symptom the subject presumed to on page 210 or Positing the presuppositions on page 244 The rest of the text consisting of Lacanian hieroglyphics that I hope to someday render in to perfect psychoanalytic crop circles that eventually reveal revive and revel in the Real the Symptom the Imaginary and das Ding all in one foul grand gesture in which the proletariat will finally come to total consciousness amass in the nearest city and stare blankly longingly at the sky waiting for Lacan to appear in some great 1960s Télévision set floating overhead Perhaps I've said too much Oder Vielleicht ich habe zu viel gesagtI think the difficulty of this text lies in the thickness of it; no no not the page number; um the density; yeah that's it density So I'll keep it on my shelf for inefficient perusal the proverbial wait a second I gotta find this uote I can discuss a mere five pages of this text for hours; or for that matter write an annoyingly long book review on one sub chapter But I only write this stuff for me And luckily you dear reader have no choice

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Free download The Sublime Object of Ideology ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ En esta obra provocativa y original Slavoj Zizek contempla el tema de la mediación humana en un mundo posmoderno Desde el hundimiento del Titanic hasta La ventana indiscreta de Hichcock desde las óperas de Wagner hasta la ciencia fiCual actúa la ideología Mediante el vínculo de conceptos psicoanalíticos y filosóficos claves con fenómenos sociales como totalitarismo y racismo en este libro se explora la importancia política de estas fantasías de control Por esta razón este libro representa una notoria contribución a la teoría psicoanalítica de la ideología además de ofrecer interpretaciones convincentes de una serie de formaciones culturales contemporáneas. Absolutely Brilliant I had the perfect aha moment that beautiful instance where the parts snap into place and you begin to understand his theory from the inside where you can anticipate what zizek will say next being able to inhabit the system of thought he's working withI've been a uasi fan of Zizek for a long time agreeing with much of what he has to say but always looking at it from the outside That is to say his conclusions seemed incredibly incisive but I couldn't grasp exactly how he was coming to them I made the mistake of reading much of later work first my local library only had The Monstrosity of Christ and sort of stumbled through them always enjoying them but never coming out at the end with a real grasp of what he was saying I mostly reveled in the paradoxes and felt a little self satisfaction knowing that someone really smart felt there was something insincere dissimulating about triumphant multicultural liberalismBut this book is actually systematic Not something I've learned to expect from zizek I finally get the whys and wherefores of his thought and I'm ecstatic This is definitely the place to start provided you have at least a limited acuaintance with continental thoughtThat said I can see a few flawsHis theory that is to say his presentation of Hegel via Lacan offers an incredibly powerful model of how the interdependence of Society and the Subject is structured How it's glued together through language What it fails to offer is any coherent explanation of how the Real Libidinalizes this structure It's explained as an incompleteness of any signifying chain as an excess concealing the lack in the symbolic order That's fine and I think it's probably true Desire is always structured to conceal the radical impossiblity of the social order But why does the real take this particular form I can't shake the feeling that he's looking at it from the wrong angle Desire is always presented as an alien force patching the gaps of an eternal steel edifice with its oozy phantasmal goo Desire is only there because it has to be But Where does it come from and why does it have the subjective physical texture that it does Is the only conceivable fix for a logically inconsistent system Desire as humans live it Is it impossible that Desire could ever exist in a different form Does Zizek's theory of desire do much help when considering the sheer joy of the creative process of the sensation of being in the zone or losing oneself in an activityI agree with his characterization of society in general and I agree that as such this society produces a very distinct and standard subject who desires in a certain way But I simply cannot detect in his writing any proof of the universality he claims for his model And if it is as universal as he claims just what is the reason for his revolutionary politics As far as I can tell the best thing he can envision is to be a well adjusted individual in a perfectly oedipal society eternally dissatisfied but aware that he has to be dissatisfied in all possible worlds If you believe that why bother with a revolution