Žižek’s book on Hegel forthcoming

Slavoj Žižek’s Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism is not yet on the Verso site, but is appearing in online bookshops (i.e. Amazon). 1,200 pages (!) and April 2012. [update – You can find the table of contents of here. Thanks to Ayşe Mermutlu for the link.]

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 Zizek 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 Zizek 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.

He mentioned the book when I saw him speak in London in July 2010, which I said a bit about at the time. Thanks to Paul Ennis for the link.

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6 Responses to Žižek’s book on Hegel forthcoming

  1. I’ve become hesitant when it comes to buying his books asmthey’ve become increasingly disjointed and repetitive. I hope this one is different and resists the urge, a bit, to leap into discussions of opera, film, popular culture, etc. I would love to see a focused work by him on Hegel.

    • stuartelden says:

      I agree – I really hope he resists being ‘Zizek’ and is the Hegel scholar he can and claims to really wants to be.

    • seymourmo says:

      He is following Nietzsche and Baudrillard in terms of fragments. This allows an avoidance of the Production of Philosophy. What a blessing.

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  4. seymourmo says:

    Being more Hegel than Hegel is Nietzschean and Baudrillardian. To implode Hegel rather than argue with Hegel. Take Hegel to the edge of the abyss and push him off. As Baudriolared does with Foucault in Forget Foucault. As Delillo’s Eric Packer in Cosmopolis does with the “money changers in the temple of global capitalism”.

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