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Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One about Hegel and Negation? Hardcover – February 21, 2014
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He replies: "No, I am a person of superior morals! My taste is the finest and can afford to dismiss you! I don't even have to read any of it!"
The writer then explains he means that the very nature of offense removes insouciance. He proposes a polite discussion, "discuter de l'Objet?"
The idiot replies: "No, I don't believe in your "Objects" and anyway I expect purity and cleanliness at at all time -- I'll not be offended by the likes of you!"
The writer quietly reassures him: "J'ai hâte de vous servir!" to which the idiot snaps back: "Why should you hate to serve me? I don't didn't say I hate you!..." And so on, till finally the idiot gets the point (well, not really) that his knowledge is limited.
To repair his reputation and prove that he has some culture and decency, he decides, upon having accidentally read a tiny paragraph from the book, to make sure the writer and everyone else in earshot understands his moral purity, but in the silliest of terms, afraid that everyone might get the idea that he actually did not completely misunderstand the point of the jokes -- not a critique of incorporation and transcendence -- but in the least relevant terms: "it goes well beyond any misogynistic polemics!"
Do not most dialogues in philosophy function in a similar way, especially when a purity fanatic endeavors to criticize a philosopher?
I did not discover the defect until several months after the book was no longer returnable.
If you buy a copy, check the pages.
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Fun with Lacan and the academic Marxist. Negation of the negation. Dialectics as Adorno understood it.Published 17 months ago by Richard K. Cronk
I did not find the jokes funny, nor the philosophy enlightening or interesting. Perhaps I did not understand either.Published 17 months ago by Sami Hananel
knowledgeable, incisive, funny, sophisticated & cultivated & wise & mature, philosophical, fresh, good writer, with corrosive sense of humor, yes very funny.Published 20 months ago by Fernando La Rosa
Doesn't include all of Zizek's comedy, but it does have a decent amount of it. Left out some of my favorites but still a good read.Published 20 months ago by Abraham