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Introducing Slavoj Zizek: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...)

Introducing Slavoj Zizek: A Graphic Guide (Introducing...) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Kul-Want , Piero
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Charting his meteoric rise in popularity, Christopher Kul-Want and Piero explore Zizek's timely analyses of today's global crises concerning ecology, mounting poverty, war, civil unrest and revolution.

Covering topics from philosophy and ethics, politics and ideology, religion and art, to literature, cinema, corporate marketing, quantum physics and virtual reality, Introducing Slavoj Zizek deftly explains Zizek's virtuoso ability to transform apparently outworn ideologies – Communism, Marxism and psychoanalysis – into a new theory of freedom and enjoyment.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Zizek 2 Aug 2013
By Timothy
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Zizek is a very crazy guy. A real weirdo. But he says some interesting things sometimes for sure - the problem is it's hard to give it context and continuity. This book does that, by explaining a general overview and framework of Zizek's ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes sense .. 14 May 2012
By R. Kemp
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I have really enjoyed this introduction. It was far better than I expected. I should say that i have read many Zizek books, so I was not starting from zero, but it made many things come together. It made sense of things .. sorry Slavoj.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard reading 4 April 2012
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Zizek is known for being hard to read at the best of times. He tends to speak as thoughts literally run through his brain. He just types what he thinks, so you often get a lot of information, and your often taken on a strange journey before he finally concludes something, sometimes he throws in the odd joke or some film reference. On top of that he seems to have a lot of time for Marx and Lacan and sometimes Freud. So the words alienation, Big Other, Ego, Super ego, pop up a lot. Zizek has a wonderful mind, but unfortunately he talks a bit to much at times, so its hard to pin point where he stands on a lot of issues. The book itself is average. I think it struggles to really explain Zizek to people. That said the book does have a few pages here and there that are really interesting. He touches on desire, temptation, a little bit on communism, how charity can sometimes be a bad thing, he even touches on more taboo subjects like violence and how sometimes its justified, the paranoia of 9/11, and also a little bit of psychoanalysis is thrown in. That said Zizek is someone we should always doubt. I am not sure I always buy into his views on things, for example his anti-capitalism views and analysis are very good, but he doesn't really offer a solution to the worlds problems. That being said, there is no one else like him. Worth a read. But even after buying several of Zizek's own books his position on a lot of things still remain hazy to say the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars solid overview 10 Jan 2013
By BuoBuo - Published on
this is a solid overview of the very expansive philosophy and thought of the Slovenian intellectual Slavoj Zizek. Zizek's writing is quite good, and his lectures and talks are even better, nevertheless the author manages to convey an entertaining narrative as succinctly as possible. And the illustrations are really fun. I picked this up, then read a couple of Zizek's books, and then came back to this to catch my bearings. I really can't recommend this enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provides order to highly disordered Critical Thinker 27 Feb 2013
By Shaded - Published on
Slavoj Zizek is a highly important thinker to understanding modern Marxist though and implicated of Freud and Lacan in modern culture. This book provides an easy-to-understand way way of thinking about his different modes of thought introduces throughout Zizek's books. The graphic novel side of this book isn't great, but it's a fun way to read about Zizek.
5.0 out of 5 stars Start Here 7 Nov 2013
By Brian Murphy - Published on
This was a fantastic intro to Slavoj Zizek. I felt like it really helped me understand where he is coming from on a number of things. I'm excited to finally dig in now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for Zizek, authentic ethics would be immoral ethics (pp. 133ff) 9 Dec 2013
By Bruce P. Barten - Published on
Get out your welcoming blowtorches. I was hoping to find some radical views that I did not remember from The Parallax View and Living in the End Times. I have seen a few videos of Zizek talking about Marxism in a world that would like politics to be limited to simpler choices. There are a few people who are important enough as thinkers (Lacan, Oscar Wilde) to get their pictures in this graphic guide to Zizek. Page 60 has a picture of the Trojan Horse, built by ancient Greeks without blowtorches, but still dangerous to those who would accept it as a gift. The social rules of language keep most people from engaging in the kind of pornography which creates the most insecurity for people who cringe at the idea that those people can see our pornography every day and night, and some computer can be a pimp for more people than you ever could.
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