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1.0 out of 5 stars zizek returns with more philosophical onanism., 1 Aug 2010
This review is from: Living in the End Times (Hardcover)
Like a Wall St derivatives 'genius' Zizek is a trader of junk philosophy. An amalgamator of small-print synthetic abstractions which few people would want to read nor admit to not being able to understand. That is until it was too late and they realised they'd been short-traded and bankrupt of their hard-earned time and energy.

I never cease to be amazed at the legion of zizek sycophants (Daily Telegraph book reviewer take note) eager to gobble up 'the rock-star philosopher's' latest pearls of wisdom, with all the zeal and fervour of a tongue-lolling pornstar automaton awaiting her 'money shot'. The more uber-esoteric the better too so they can define anyone else who sees through 'the emperor's new clothes' as bovine sub-alterns.

For me his stream-of-consciousness philosophy is a perfect academic mirror of our age with its combination of ADHD-inspired virtual sophistry, and a cheeky (postmodern of course!) nod and wink to Marxist irony par excellence. Schopenhauer will be turning in his grave.

I'm sure Zizek would have been laughing all the way to the bank until he realised he had a joint account with his soon-to-be ex-wife!
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Initial post: 5 Aug 2010 12:42:08 BDT
Dear Mr Papworth (an appropriate name if ever there was one), denigrate the man as much as you want, but please at least refrain from the "postmodern" canard - it betrays a fundamental lack of understanding of the concept and the relationship of Zizek's work to it - this perhaps explains the tone of the rest of your comments ...

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2010 19:13:42 BDT
moog_man says:
Was it necessary to attack his family name?

Posted on 13 Nov 2010 17:41:27 GMT
"I never cease to be amazed at the legion of zizek sycophants (Daily Telegraph book reviewer take note) eager to gobble up 'the rock-star philosopher's' latest pearls of wisdom, with all the zeal and fervour of a tongue-lolling pornstar automaton awaiting her 'money shot'": get your horrendous misogyny out, why don't you? Maybe people like a 'money shot' now and then...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2011 02:06:26 GMT
S Wood says:
Funny you should mention mysogny- it certainly makes one see the rather thin skinned and po faced comments which feature in his review of Sue Gerhardts "Selfish Society" in a new light.

Posted on 26 May 2011 12:25:51 BDT
Classy...

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2011 00:01:02 GMT
Prof H says:
That's what I thought. Z is a noted anti-postmdernist. This would suggest that Jason's review is less than authoritative.

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 12:12:12 GMT
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Posted on 24 Jun 2012 15:24:44 BDT
Rob Julian says:
I have not read this book or anything else by this author, but I have to say this review I found one of the most amusing I have ever read!

As I say I do not know whether this criticism is accurate here, but the default pseudo intellectual reverence for figures whom deliberately make their work impenetrable and profound is acceptable say for David Bowie or Snow Patrol, but annoying when it comes to a subject such as economics.
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