By Slavoj Žižek
Philosophical materialism in all its types – from clinical naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism – has did not meet the major theoretical and political demanding situations of the fashionable global. this is often the weight of thinker Slavoj Žižek’s argument during this pathbreaking and eclectic new paintings. contemporary historical past has obvious advancements similar to quantum physics and Freudian psychoanalysis, to not converse of the failure of twentieth-century communism, shake our knowing of existence.
In the method, the dominant culture in Western philosophy misplaced its moorings. To deliver materialism brand new, Žižek – himself a devoted materialist and communist – proposes a thorough revision of our highbrow background. He argues that dialectical materialism is the one real philosophical heir of what Hegel special the “speculative” method in thought.
Absolute Recoil is a startling reformulation of the root and chances of modern philosophy. whereas concentrating on the best way to conquer the transcendental method with out regressing to naïve, pre-Kantian realism, Žižek bargains a chain of tours into today’s political, creative, and ideological panorama, from Arnold Schoenberg’s tune to the movies of Ernst Lubitsch.
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Extra info for Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism
Can we not say, indeed, that Blanchot’s work, taken as a whole, uncovers the unknown whilst leaving it unknown, this work which attracts us like no other, which captivates us with its obscurity, a transparent Night in which the transparency is at heart more opaque than opacity itself, a wild Night in which we cannot make our way, the succourless solitude of the Disaster, and yet can we not hear a ceaseless murmuring? Do we not think that we can hear ‘the streaming of the eternal Outside’? Translated by Ian Maclachlan NOTES 1 Translator’s note: references are given to the titles of English translations of Blanchot’s work where available.
4 These are collected in Souvenir de Reims et autres récits (Paris: Hachette, 1979). 24 IAN MACLACHLAN 5 Une Vie (Paris: POL, 1986) comprises La Veille (1963), Une Voix de fin silence (1966), Pourquoi? (1967), Fugue (1970), Supplement (1973), Fugue 3 (1975), Suite (1979) and Moriendo (1983). 6 Lettre à personne (Paris: Plon, 1989), pp. 94–5; my translation. 7 There is, to date, only one brief study of Une Vie available in English, but fortunately it is one which can be warmly recommended: Andrew Benjamin’s ‘The redemption of value: Laporte, writing as Abkürzung’, in his Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Garde (London and New York: Routledge, 1991), pp.
24 Even today, there is no conclusive evidence to indicate that Blanchot’s role went any further than lending initial support to Paulhan in his necessarily devious negotiations to retain effective control of the journal even as editorial responsibility had already been ceded to Drieu La Rochelle in his role as collaborationist proxy. In any case, the enterprise failed, and the Nouvelle Revue française, lacking both credibility and contributors, folded in the summer of 1943. Readers of Mehlman’s earlier work will be familiar with the distinctive critical approach that he has developed.
Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Žižek