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Zizek: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) [Paperback]

Sean Sheehan
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19 Jan 2012 Guides for the Perplexed
One of the most widely-read thinkers writing today, Slavoj Žižeks work can be both thrilling and perplexing in equal measure. Žižek: A Guide for the Perplexed is the most up-to-date guide available for readers struggling to master the ideas of this hugely influential thinker. Unpacking the philosophical references that fill Žižeks writings, the book explores his influences, including Lacan, Kant, Hegel and Marx. From there, a chapter on Reading Žižek guides the reader through the ways that he applies these core theoretical concepts in key texts like Tarrying With the Negative, The Ticklish Subject and The Parrallax View and in his books about popular culture like Looking Awry and Enjoy Your Symptom! Major secondary writings and films featuring Žižek are also covered.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441180877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441180872
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.9 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sean Sheehan has taught in London and in the Department of Extaramural Studies at the National University of Singapore.is now a full-time writer. He has written a number of books including Joyce's 'Ulysses': A Reader's Guide (2009).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful when you are new to Zizek 22 Jan 2012
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I was on my third Zizek book by the time this came out and it has been really helpful. I have not done in-depth reading of philosophy, Lacan or Marx, so I had a lot of catching up to do. Fortunately, this is a short book, it is well laid out and it gets to the nub of the key ideas that Zizek refers to. I find Zizek's work interesting but had no grounding in the social theory that I imagine most of his readers have some familiarity with. This guide has helped me greatly and I'm really pleased that it has been made.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Solid Introduction 4 April 2014
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A great route into reading Slavoj Zizek's notoriously difficult writing, cutting to the conceptual heart of Zizek's thought in relation to a triumvirate of influences: Lacan, Hegel (and German Idealism) and Marx. Little previous knowledge is anticipated, and Sheehan's book leads directly into engagement with Zizek's work (the final chapter provides an overview of his writings, and offers helpful suggestions for navigating the terrain). Any work of this size will inevitably take shortcuts, but Sheehan avoids compromising on depth of penetration. On the whole this books is commendably lucid without being condescending. I found the chapter on Lacan to be more helpful than that on the German Idealists. Particularly useful in tandem with other introductions to Zizek's thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction 2 Dec 2012
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I have an interest in Lacan, and continental philosophy. I also have a graduate degree in biological sciences, and as such I have had little opportunity to familiarize myself with philosophical books while in college. I enjoy Zizek's somewhat exhausting writing but I could use a map and this book provides it. I found particularly helpful the chapter about German idealism, a school of thought that is as stimulating as hermetic to me, and that Zizek's jokes do not seem to make plainer.
I agree that the Lacan chapter is Zizek's Lacan mostly, but that's OK in the frame of this book. The chapter about Z and communism is also very good, and the recommended reading makes you wish for a life of pure intellectual pursuit. This book does what the title announces and it does it well. After dipping in Zizek's writing, this book helps to find some banks from where to observe the overflowing river of his words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book on Jouissance, Death Drive - for Newby or OldHand 18 Mar 2013
By Mounard le Fougueux - Published on Amazon.com
‎"Zizek: A guideline for the Perplexed" by Sean Sheehan 2012 Continuum - is a goddamn good book, on Zizek, Lacan, German Idealism and Marx. Much better then previous "dictionaries" and "encyclopedias". In my view this is the best book for the rank beginner. For the more experienced Zizek/Lacan reader, it will show how much you actually misunderstood these thinkers! Great description of Jouissance and Lacanian versus Freudian "death drive". I love this book!
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