The Essential Zizek

A press release from Verso Books:

Slavoj Zizek: maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books and today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes, providing an acute analysis of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy.

Now Verso are making four of his classic titles that stand as the core of his life’s work available as new editions, including new introductions from Zizek. They are the essential texts for understanding Zizek’s thought and cornerstones of contemporary philosophy.


zizek_the-ticklish-subjectzizek_plague-of-fantasieszizek_sublime-object-of-ideologyThe Fragile Absolute: Or, Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For
First published in 2001, but still timely, Zizek’s defence of the revolutionary core of the Christian legacy marked the beginning of his long standing engagement with theology.

The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology, Second Edition
A systematic exposition of the foundations of Zizek’s philosophy and a detailed and rigorous confrontation with the predominant notions of the subject.

The plague of fantasies
Zizek explores the role of fantasy in the proliferation of audiovisual media.

The Sublime Object of Ideology
His first book in English from 1989 remains his bestselling and most influential. An incendiary and original examination of human agency and its relationship to ideology.

SLAVOJ ZIZEK 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.

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