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ABSOLUTE RECOIL: TOWARDS A NEW FOUNDATION OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

By SLAVOJ ZIZEK

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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.

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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.

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“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)

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

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Crisis

Crisis

CRISIS AND CRITIQUE 1

The first issue of Crisis and Critique is now online.
Please, see the table of contents below:

CONTENTS:
Editorial Note, by H.J.Bjerre & Agon Hamza

1) The Impasses of Today’s Radical Politics, by Slavoj Žižek

2) Socialist Democracy with Chinese Characteristics, by Roland Boer

3) The Indignant of the Earth, by Frank Ruda

4) Democracy and Revolution on the Internet, by Katarina Peovič Vukovič

5) Alain Badiou and the Aporia of Democracy with Generic Communism, by Panagiotis Sotiris 

6) Climate Crisis, Ideology and Collective Action, by Ted Stolze

7) Lacan and Rational Choice, by Yuan Yao

8) Redemptive Revolutions: The Political Hermeneutics of Walter Benjamin, by Nicolai Krejberg Knudsen

9) The Necessity of Philosophy, by Srdjan Cvjetičanin

10) What is a Party Part of? by Gabriel Tupinambá

11) Communism is Wrong, by Jana Tsoneva

12) The Jews and the Zionists: The Story of a Reversal, by Sina Badiei

 

Review Articles:

13) H.J.Bjerre: Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism, by Adrian Johnston

14) C.Crockett: From Myth to Symptom: the case of Kosovo, by S.Žižek & A.Hamza

15) D.Tutt: Enjoying What We Dont Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis, by Todd McGowan

16) A.Ryder: Badiou and the Philosophers, ed.T.Tho&G.Bianco

 

About the Journal

Crisis and Critique is a philosophical journal. It is dedicated to exploring and critically developing political and social issues from the Marxist perspective, as well as exploring and addressing the emancipatory potential of Marxist thought and tradition. It also discusses the developments within the contemporary currents in philosophy.

Crisis and Critique appears twice a year.

Crisis and Critique: http://materializmidialektik.org/crisis-and-critique/

 

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Alain Badiou

THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BADIOU STUDIES – CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN

http://www.badioustudies.org

“You could almost say my entire enterprise is one giant confrontation [démêlé] with the dialectic.” -Alain Badiou

The second issue of The International Journal of Badiou Studies will be dedicated to the dialectic. What are the consequences of the dialectic for Alain Badiou’s thought? What are the effects of Badiou’s thought on dialectics? The editors are soliciting papers that interrogate the dialectic in Badiou’s thought and the implications of this thinking to disciplines across the humanities and the sciences. Although our interest is in keeping the ambit for response as wide as possible, it would be particularly interesting to consider:

– The relationship between materialist dialectics and dialectical materialism. Dialectics from the 19th century to the 21st century.

– The development of dialectics in Badiou’s work from Théorie de la contradiction and Théorie du sujet to Logiques des Mondes and the Circonstances.

– The relationship between the dialectical, the non-dialectical and disjunctive synthesis to Badiou’s reading of Le Siècle. What are the consequences for our own ‘Circumstances’?

– How are we to define the term dialectics in the wake of Badiou’s work?

We welcome articles that examine the conditions of Badiou’s thought, and papers that use Badiou’s thought as a catalyst for considering the circumstances – whether scientific, amorous, political or artistic – in which we live.

Prospective articles should be in the range of 6,000-8,000 words, prepared for blind review, and accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words. Full articles should be sent by the 30th of September 2012.

Authors should follow the standard guidelines for online submission.

In line with the ethos of the IJBS, we will accept articles in supported world languages, although an English abstract is required for all submissions. Contact

emails:
Michael J. Kelly: hymjk@leeds.ac.uk
Arthur James Rose: enajr@leeds.ac.uk

THE IJBS
The International Journal for Badiou Studies is an international, peer-reviewed, open-source journal dedicated to the philosophy and thought of, and surrounding, the French philosopher Alain Badiou. The IJBS is dedicated to original and critical arguments that directly engage with the works of Badiou, as well as pertinent intellectual colleagues and related concepts. The aim of the IJBS is to develop a clear and transparent site for scholars interested in these ideas to come together from around the world to share their research and develop productive dialogues.

Originally published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/cfp-the-international-journal-of-badiou-studies  

 

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Hegel

LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

NEW TITLE:

LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM

By SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK

Published: 11th June 2012

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EVENTS IN LONDON

Monday 11 June, 7pm

Central Saint Martins Campus, London N1

The new Central Saint Martins campus at Kings Cross will host the renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek in conversation with Jonathan Derbyshire, the culture editor of the New Statesman. From Hegel to the Occupy movement, expect an interesting thought-provoking discussion followed by audience Q and A.

For more information visit: http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/cultural-capital/2012/05/slavoj-%C5%BEi%C5%BEek-conversation-new-statesman

 

15 June-16 June  

Café Oto, 18 – 22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London E8 3D

Hegel 101 seminar, 24 hour reading of LESS THAN NOTHING & talk by Zizek. Details coming soon on versobooks.com

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“I am writing a mega-book about Hegel. It is a true work of love. This is my true life’s work. Even Lacan is just a tool for me to read Hegel. For me, always it is Hegel, Hegel, Hegel … but people just want the shitty politics.” Slavoj Žižek

For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of HEGEL, whose influence each new thinker tries in vain to escape: whether in the name of the pre-rational Will, the social process of production, or the contingency of individual existence. Hegel’s absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the dominant philosopher of the epochal historical transition to modernity; a period with which our own time shares startling similarities.

Today, as global capitalism comes apart at the seams, we are entering a new transition. In LESS THAN NOTHING, the pinnacle publication of a distinguished career, Slavoj Žižek argues that it is imperative that we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables Žižek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with the key strands of contemporary thought-HEIDEGGER, BADIOU, speculative realism, quantum physics and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.

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Praise for SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK:

‘Superstar messiah of the new left’ OBSERVER

 ‘An intellectual whirlwind’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

 ‘A superstar of Elvis-like magnitude … a bogglingly dynamic whirlwind of brainpower’ DAZED & CONFUSED

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SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK 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,

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Slovenia. His other books from Verso include LIVING IN THE END TIMES, FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE, IN DEFENSE OF LOST CAUSES, THE SUBLIME OBJECT OF IDEOLOGY, THE FRAGILE ABSOLUTE: OR, WHY IS THE CHRISTIAN LEGACY WORTH FIGHTING FOR, THE TICKLISH SUBJECT, THE PLAGUES OF FANTASIES, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, THE INDIVISIBLE REMAINDER, WELCOME TO THE DESERT OF THE REAL,IRAQ: THE BORROWED KETTLE, and DID SOMEBODY SAY TOTALITARIANISM? He has also appeared in the films ŽIŽEK!, EXAMINED LIFE and The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 897 6 / $69.95 / £50.00 / Hardback / 1040 pages

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For more information about LESS THAN NOTHING, or to buy the book visit:

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1114-less-than-nothing

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Punk Embrace

WORKERS’ AND PUNKERS’ UNIVERSITY’S INTERNATIONAL DAY SCHOOL 2011

A project in collaboration with East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program
Metelkova, Ljubljana, 27th April – 2nd May 2011

Self-Management: The aim of the school will be to explore the relevance of the concept of workers’ self-management today – in a contradictory historical moment, when the search for an alternative to a capitalist mode of production is becoming more and more urgent and when there are self-management experiments emerging in places, where capitalist organization of production had the most devastating consequences (for example during Argentina’s financial collapse or in the deindustrialized zones of China and Russia), while at the same time capital itself tries to both cut the costs of management and to discipline the work force by utilizing certain technologies of organization of production reminiscent of self-management – and to critically examine the history of theories and practices of self-management, especially its Yugoslav version.

Main topics of the School: Yugoslav self-management: Was Yugoslav self-management a part of or an alternative to actually-existing socialisms? What was the relation between the workers’ councils movement in Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia and Yugoslav self-management? What were the theoretical and political foundations of Yugoslav self-management? What was the relation between various failed European uprisings, based on workers’ self-management, before the Second World War and strivings for self-management in Eastern European socialism after the war?

Self-management today: Theory and practice of workers’ takeovers of factories and companies in Latin America and postsocialist countries, self-management as a part of Bolivarian ‘socialism for 21st century’, social-democratic and corporatist models of self-management (Sweden, Spain, Japan), autonomous communities and autonomous zones.

Theories of self-management: Self-management and Marx/Marxism, relations between socialist economic theories and social regimes on the one hand and self-management on the other, polemical engagements between Rosa Luxemburg and Lenin and between humanist Marxism and dialectical materialists, the role of the concept of class struggle in theories of self-management.

Politics of self-management: Communism as an association of free producers (self-management as a basic form of organization of communist society), the question of abolishment of classes and the state (self-management as a form of post-class and unhierarchical organization of production), the question of party and political representation (self-management as a form of also political and not only economical organization), the question of democracy (and economic democracy).

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Working languages of the school will be ex-YU languages and English.

Each speaker will have 30 minutes available for a talk and 10 for a discussion.

Submission guidelines: submissions for presentations should include paper abstracts of max. 200 words, half a page CV, affiliation and contact details.

Submissions deadline: submissions of abstracts are expected by April 10, 2011.

Acceptance decisions will be communicated to the submitters by April 20, 2011.

We especially encourage participants from Central-Eastern Europe and the Balkans to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for the selected participants (all the details will be communicated after the selection directly with the selected participants).

Please send inquiries to:
E.mail: primoz.krasovec@gmail.com

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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