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Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One about Hegel and Negation? Hardcover – February 21, 2014

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Slavoj Žižek is a philosopher and cultural critic. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture, The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity, The Parallax View, and (with John Milbank) The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialect, these four published by the MIT Press.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (February 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262026716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262026710
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most dangerous philosopher in the West," (says Adam Kirsch of The New Republic) Slavoj Zizek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He 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. His books include "First as Tragedy, Then as Farce;" "Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle;" "In Defense of Lost Causes;" "Living in the End Times;" and many more.

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A snobbish idiot reads a book of jokes and, when asked by the writer to consider "...a book of jokes, which, by their obscene content force the import of argument to be permanently memorable..."

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?
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If you don't already "click" with Zizek's mindset and odd style of lecture, then you simply won't get it. I feel like this is the problem with the 1 star reviews: this book wasn't really written for them, they're not familiar with the source material. I thoroughly enjoyed it though. I'll admit that some of the jokes were bad, groaners, pointless, and some weren't even jokes! Yet I still really liked reading this: it isolated some short, easily digested, mostly humorous snippets of Zizek's discourse and allows the reader to just enjoy a few quick reflections on his various examples of truths in absurdity and absurdities in truth.
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My copy was missing pages 25–56. Pages i–viii along with 1–24 were repeated.
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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Zizek is a philosopher whose ideas I wish I could further understand. For every point he makes that fully registers with me and makes me really believe something, there are three or four that are just completely over my head. Still, his ability to turn jokes into legitimate philosophical notions is remarkable and his writing is extremely entertaining.
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What could be the best way to introduce complicated philosophical ideas than laughter? A must read for those who find non-fiction a bit tedious, yet love to explore different ideas. Zizek's jokes would make you pause and ponder, and startle your mind with their persuasive arguments. All with the ease of laughter.
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Definitely crude humour throughout, it is best suited to those with a decent understanding of philosophy which I don't have but I am trying. I did enjoy it though and it raised a few interesting questions and was entertaining so I recommend it.
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Great bathroom/coffee table book for someone already familiar with his (and those he refers to) philosophy. Perhaps wouldn't be good for someone new to him or philosophy in general.
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Very good! Thank you very much indeed!
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