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


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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: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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"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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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Miimno on May 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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Fun with Lacan and the academic Marxist. Negation of the negation. Dialectics as Adorno understood it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abraham on May 30, 2014
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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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sami Hananel on August 24, 2014
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I did not find the jokes funny, nor the philosophy enlightening or interesting. Perhaps I did not understand either.
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