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Zizek and Heidegger: The Question Concerning Techno-Capitalism (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy) Hardcover – February 22, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0826497772 ISBN-10: 0826497772 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (February 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826497772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826497772
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,049,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Through a highly innovative gesture, Brockelman introduces a unique way of reinterpreting the entirety of the Žižek's oeuvre through the lens of his under-explored rapport with Heidegger. The thought-provoking picture of Žižek that emerges from Brockelman's careful reading is of someone who takes up the challenge of "thinking the unthought" of Heidegger's treatments of finitude and technology in light of the contemporary dominance of global capitalism. Brockelman makes an important contribution to our understanding of Žižek." — Adrian Johnston, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, USA

"Brockelman's Zizek and Heidegger offers a sparkling new assessment of Slavoj Zizek's voluminous publications by way of their different stances on human finitude. This is the first book to bring the two authors together under this heading, and it sheds invaluable new light on both thinkers. An astute and insightful philosophicalanalysis throughout makes this a unique landmark text in the study of Zizek's challenging oeuvre: Brockelman's book is the most consistently and profoundly philosophical approach ever taken to the brilliant Slovenian thinker. In the process, it casts fresh light on the question of "techno-capitalism" as this emerges in Zizek's revision of Heidegger on technology." — Edward Casey, Distinguished Professor, SUNY at Stony Brook, USA, author of numerous books, including Getting Back into Place and The World at a Glance.

“Through a highly innovative gesture, Brockelman introduces a unique way of reinterpreting the entirety of the Žižek’s oeuvre through the lens of his under-explored rapport with Heidegger. The thought-provoking picture of Žižek that emerges from Brockelman’s careful reading is of someone who takes up the challenge of “thinking the unthought” of Heidegger’s treatments of finitude and technology in light of the contemporary dominance of global capitalism. Brockelman makes an important contribution to our understanding of Žižek.” – Adrian Johnston, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, USA

“Brockelman’s Zizek and Heidegger offers a sparkling new assessment of Slavoj Zizek’s voluminous publications by way of their different stances on human finitude. This is the first book to bring the two authors together under this heading, and it sheds invaluable new light on both thinkers. An astute and insightful philosophicalanalysis throughout makes this a unique landmark text in the study of Zizek’s challenging oeuvre: Brockelman’s book is the most consistently and profoundly philosophical approach ever taken to the brilliant Slovenian thinker. In the process, it casts fresh light on the question of “techno-capitalism” as this emerges in Zizek’s revision of Heidegger on technology.” – Edward Casey, Distinguished Professor, SUNY at Stony Brook, USA, author of numerous books, including Getting Back into Place and The World at a Glance.

... makes a significant contribution to Žižek studies and deserves to be read by those who seek to better understand his work. (Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Thomas Brockelman is Professor of Philosophy at Le Moyne College, USA. His previous publications include The Frame and the Mirror: On Collage and the Postmodern (Northwestern University Press, 2001).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rex Styzens on February 2, 2013
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Not only is the book expensive (I see just now a paperback has become available), be prepared to devote half a lifetime to it. Unless, that is, you are willing to lend full credence to the author's analysis and critique of Slavoj Zizek, as I did. I do not feel cheated as a consequence. However, my attitude there toward the book is exactly the one that Brockelman critiques as Zizek's excessive expectation from his readers. Zizek wants social change. He provokes readers in a fashion comparable to that of the psychoanalyst in the relation with his client, according to Brockelman. The intricacies of such an orientation understandably can be a bit hairy for an author.

Zizek is a most comprehensive thinker and writer. So is Brockelman. While I doubt Brockelman might consider it a compliment to be compared to Richard Rorty, what I enjoyed about Rorty is the evidence that he was willing to take seriously his peers as well as his predecessors. Likewise with Brockelman. Brockelman writes equally clearly and expansively.

I do not have full competency with Zizek's work. I have read only a scattering of his essays and short pieces. I do follow some discussions about his work, as he is "all the rage." My competency lies with Heidegger. Insofar as I am able to judge Brockelman's work by his interpretations of Heidegger and Zizek on Heidegger, I find it first-rate. I even go so far as to say that I finally feel caught up (as of the publication date of 2008) at least to the major points of contention advanced by Zizek.

Zizek's philosophy is broader than just political philosophy.
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