The Terror of Zizek

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Abstract

What is the connection between the notorious figure of Grigory Rasputin and contemporary politics? Focusing on the idea of "lost causes", ideology and democracy, this article engages with the thought of Slavoj Zizek. In particular, it explores the ambiguous role that today's "democratic subversions" play in the reproduction of capitalism as a power totality. Finally, the article addresses Zizek's emphasis on the four main sites of global antagonism (ecology, intellectual property, bio-genetics and the new forms of social apartheid) and argues that we should draw into consideration a fifth site of antagonism: the drive of capital itself.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRevue Internationale de Philosophie
Volume66
Issue number261
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012

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Antagonism
Slavoj Žižek
Terror
Apartheid
Ideology
Capitalism
Causes
Ecology
Thought
Democracy
Subversion
Intellectual Property
Totality

Keywords

  • Zizek
  • politics
  • democracy
  • ideology
  • subversion
  • antagonism

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The Terror of Zizek. / Daly, Glyn.

In: Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Vol. 66, No. 261, 01.09.2012.

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