Terry Eagleton reviews Trouble in Paradise and Absolute Recoil by Slavoj Žižek

Terry Eagleton reviews Trouble in Paradise and Absolute Recoil by Slavoj Žižek in The Guardian.

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Here’s the great final paragraph (spoiler alert):

Trouble in Paradise, with its unerring ear for political cant, is a book that everyone, not least the Masters of the Universe, would profit from reading.Absolute Recoil, with its intricate reflections on materialism and dialectics, is likely to have fewer takers. There is less on cant and more on Kant. Even so, it contains some fascinating stuff on Kabbala, slave narratives, espionage, atonal music and God as the supreme criminal. No doubt we shall have a chance to read some of this again in his next few books.

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1 Response to Terry Eagleton reviews Trouble in Paradise and Absolute Recoil by Slavoj Žižek

  1. Mehran says:

    Terry Eagleton is obviously right about the self-plagiarism part. But Zizek is also, almost always, in a great hurry to philosophize and theorize conclusively every contemporary phenomenon, which is a problem. Judith Butler did the same with Arab Spring. Is it possible to theorize an event without acquiring a significant temporal distance from it?

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