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Zizek’s philosophical work is 30% off in paperback:

Philosophical materialism in all its forms – from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism – has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world. This is the burden of philosopher SLAVOJ ZIZEK’S argument in this pathbreaking and eclectic new work. Recent history has seen developments such as quantum physics and Freudian psychoanalysis, not to speak of the failure of twentieth-century communism, shake our understanding of existence.

In the process, the dominant tradition in Western philosophy lost its moorings. To bring materialism up to date, Zizek – himself a committed materialist and communist – proposes a radical revision of our intellectual heritage. He argues that dialectical materialism is the only true philosophical inheritor of what Hegel designated the “speculative” approach in thought.

ABSOLUTE RECOIL is a startling reformulation of the basis and possibilities of contemporary philosophy. While focusing on how to overcome the transcendental approach without regressing to naïve, pre-Kantian realism, Zizek offers a series of excursions into today’s political, artistic, and ideological landscape, from Arnold Schoenberg’s music to the films of Ernst Lubitsch.


SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK 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 Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Zizek, and many more.


“Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj Zizek … one of the world’s best known public intellectuals.” – John Gray, New York Review of Books

“A gifted speaker – tumultuous, emphatic, direct – and he writes as he speaks.”– Jonathan Ree, Guardian

“A serious attempt to reanimate or reactualize Hegel.” – Robert Pippin, author of Hegel’s Idealism (in praise of Less Than Nothing)


PAPERBACK: September 2015 / 448 pages / ISBN: 9781784781996 / £12.99 / $19.95 / $23.95 (CAN)

HARDBACK: September 2014 / 444 pages / ISBN: 9781781686829 / £20 / $29.95 / $35 (CAN)


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