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G key psychoanalytical and philosophical concepts to social phenomena such as totalitarianism and racism the book explores the political significance of these fantasies of control. Absolutely Brilliant I had the perfect aha moment that beautiful instance where the parts snap into place and you begin to understand his theory from the inside where you can anticipate what zizek will say next being able to inhabit the system of thought he s working withI ve been a uasi fan of Zizek for a long time agreeing with much of what he has to say but always looking at it from the outside That is to say his conclusions seemed incredibly incisive but I couldn t grasp exactly how he was coming to them I made the mistake of reading much of later work first my local library only had The Monstrosity of Christ and sort of stumbled through them always enjoying them but never coming out at the end with a real grasp of what he was saying I mostly reveled in the paradoxes and felt a little self satisfaction knowing that someone really smart felt there was something insincere dissimulating about triumphant multicultural liberalismBut this book is actually systematic Not something I ve learned to expect from zizek I finally get the whys and wherefores of his thought and I m ecstatic This is definitely the place to start provided you have at least a limited acuaintance with continental thoughtThat said I can see a few flawsHis theory that is to say his presentation of Hegel via Lacan offers an incredibly powerful model of how the interdependence of Society and the Subject is structured How it s glued together through language What it fails to offer is any coherent explanation of how the Real Libidinalizes this structure It s explained as an incompleteness of any signifying chain as an excess concealing the lack in the symbolic order That s fine and I think it s probably true Desire is always structured to conceal the radical impossiblity of the social order But why does the real take this particular form I can t shake the feeling that he s looking at it from the wrong angle Desire is always presented as an alien force patching the gaps of an eternal steel edifice with its oozy phantasmal goo Desire is only there because it has to be But Where does it come from and why does it have the subjective physical texture that it does Is the only conceivable fix for a logically inconsistent system Desire as humans live it Is it impossible that Desire could ever exist in a different form Does Zizek s theory of desire do much help when considering the sheer joy of the creative process of the sensation of being in the zone or losing oneself in an activityI agree with his characterization of society in general and I agree that as such this society produces a very distinct and standard subject who desires in a certain way But I simply cannot detect in his writing any proof of the universality he claims for his model And if it is as universal as he claims just what is the reason for his revolutionary politics As far as I can tell the best thing he can envision is to be a well adjusted individual in a perfectly oedipal society eternally dissatisfied but aware that he has to be dissatisfied in all possible worlds If you believe that why bother with a revolution The Test understand his theory from the inside where you can anticipate what zizek will say next being able to inhabit the system of thought he s working withI ve been a The Test: Taken By The Men Who Raised Me uasi fan of Zizek for a long time agreeing with much of what he has to say but always looking at it from the outside That is to say his conclusions seemed incredibly incisive but I couldn t grasp exactly how he was coming to them I made the mistake of reading much of later work first my local library only had The Monstrosity of Christ and sort of stumbled through them always enjoying them but never coming out at the end with a real grasp of what he was saying I mostly reveled in the paradoxes and felt a little self satisfaction knowing that someone really smart felt there was something insincere dissimulating about triumphant multicultural liberalismBut this book is actually systematic Not something I ve learned to expect from zizek I finally get the whys and wherefores of his thought and I m ecstatic This is definitely the place to start provided you have at least a limited acuaintance with continental thoughtThat said I can see a few flawsHis theory that is to say his presentation of Hegel via Lacan offers an incredibly powerful model of how the interdependence of Society and the Subject is structured How it s glued together through language What it fails to offer is any coherent explanation of how the Real Libidinalizes this structure It s explained as an incompleteness of any signifying chain as an excess concealing the lack in the symbolic order That s fine and I think it s probably true Desire is always structured to conceal the radical impossiblity of the social order But why does the real take this particular form I can t shake the feeling that he s looking at it from the wrong angle Desire is always presented as an alien force patching the gaps of an eternal steel edifice with its oozy phantasmal goo Desire is only there because it has to be But Where does it come from and why does it have the subjective physical texture that it does Is the only conceivable fix for a logically inconsistent system Desire as humans live it Is it impossible that Desire could ever exist in a different form Does Zizek s theory of desire do much help when considering the sheer joy of the creative process of the sensation of being in the zone or losing oneself in an activityI agree with his characterization of society in general and I agree that as such this society produces a very distinct and standard subject who desires in a certain way But I simply cannot detect in his writing any proof of the Teacher Evaluation in Music: A Guide for Music Teachers in the Us universality he claims for his model And if it is as Reticence universal as he claims just what is the reason for his revolutionary politics As far as I can tell the best thing he can envision is to be a well adjusted individual in a perfectly oedipal society eternally dissatisfied but aware that he has to be dissatisfied in all possible worlds If you believe that why bother with a revolution

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S of Wagner to science fiction from Alien to the Jewish joke Zizek’s acute analyses explore the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion that make up human societyLinkin. I cannot write to the impact that Slavoj i ek s The Sublime Object of Ideology has had upon Lacanian Psychoanalyis or Marxist Criticism I cannot even lie enough to tell you dear reader that I understood the majority of this text But I do know that of what I understood I thoroughly enjoyed and gathered not only a new perception of the world but the terminology with which to envision itBefore remarking that i ek s writing is or that i ek s interpretation of the Lacanian is let me state why I read this book and why someone should read this book I ll begin with the latter I cannot imagine a reason for someone to read this book Unless said person is interested in Lacanian Psychoanalysis Marxism Stalinism a general critiue of the Postmodern etc But these are highly individualized and specialized reasons I read this for one of those reasons I knew this was a seminal work and I like i ek s writing I find him uite entertaining and I appreciate what many criticize about i ek namely his blend of good ol Socialist humor adjacent to MarxistLacanian theoryBut on with the show For a number of years now uite before I knew of i ek I have been approaching individuals with this notion there is no such thing as choice Now I don t go saying this willy nilly to everyone no Gosh no I only reserve it for those who I wish to engage in a bit of an intellectual battle with ie someone who can perhaps change my mind or better yet harden my thought You can work this notion from the consumerist angle of limited selection or the lovely Leninist paraphrase freedom but for whom and for what or any others to fit your sparring partner But what you really want them to realize is that even what they say to me has been determined Even me saying there is no choice is determined by a mix of my experiences memory journeys gender class race language nationalism heredity and so on and so on But I am totally okay with thatYou see they my straw men fight to hold on to this banal notion of individuality being made up of choices I had coffee this morning because I decided to not because of my environment my internal make up my bank account my access to coffee the development of coffee as a commodity etc And when you present the absurd aphorism that there is no choice the first response is fear Go ahead try it on the first person you meet I ll waitIF a big IF you can get past this initial fear of the loss of morality freedom ability talent not to mention the Protestant virtue of the individual etc then you must counter their fear They must know that in the absence of choice or free will for you old school philosophers we still retain our individuality There is no one like you And there is no one like me Even an imitation is just that an imitation of the thing Even if I am an imitation I am still this original imitation that is occurring now God save Postmodernism Even the hypothetical identical twin sci fi crap renders individuality a truism Because no one can occupy your space or your time Even if they did the slightest deviance say a misplaced hair or an unbuttoned shirt collar would alter any similarities And even those things would not be choicesSo to make the theory of choice one simply must isolate an incident Then and this is important which is why I used an em dash the incident once severed from any prior beginnings or futile continuation is immediately rendered moral AND There are no moral phenomenon at all but only moral interpretations of phenomena Agreed I wouldn t acuiesce to someone who uotes Nietzsche either So let s try thisthe subject must freely choose the community to which he already belongs independent of his choice he must choose what is already given to him Further The point is that he is never actually in a position to choose he is always treated as if he had already chosen Finally we must stress that there is nothing totalitarian about it The subject who thinks he can avoid this paradox and really have a free choice is a psychotic subject i ek 186 original italicsI feel uite vindicated in my initial philosophical challenge And the thing is that there are a handful of other chapters and sub chapters that made total sense to me Totally Like pieces of How Did Marx invent the Symptom the subject presumed to on page 210 or Positing the presuppositions on page 244 The rest of the text consisting of Lacanian hieroglyphics that I hope to someday render in to perfect psychoanalytic crop circles that eventually reveal revive and revel in the Real the Symptom the Imaginary and das Ding all in one foul grand gesture in which the proletariat will finally come to total consciousness amass in the nearest city and stare blankly longingly at the sky waiting for Lacan to appear in some great 1960s T l vision set floating overhead Perhaps I ve said too much Oder Vielleicht ich habe zu viel gesagtI think the difficulty of this text lies in the thickness of it no no not the page number um the density yeah that s it density So I ll keep it on my shelf for inefficient perusal the proverbial wait a second I gotta find this uote I can discuss a mere five pages of this text for hours or for that matter write an annoyingly long book review on one sub chapter But I only write this stuff for me And luckily you dear reader have no choice Day of Remembrance up human societyLinkin. I cannot write to the impact that Slavoj i ek s The Sublime Object of Ideology has had God is Bigger than your Biggest Problem upon Lacanian Psychoanalyis or Marxist Criticism I cannot even lie enough to tell you dear reader that I An American Heir understood the majority of this text But I do know that of what I Compass of God understood I thoroughly enjoyed and gathered not only a new perception of the world but the terminology with which to envision itBefore remarking that i ek s writing is or that i ek s interpretation of the Lacanian is let me state why I read this book and why someone should read this book I ll begin with the latter I cannot imagine a reason for someone to read this book Unless said person is interested in Lacanian Psychoanalysis Marxism Stalinism a general critiue of the Postmodern etc But these are highly individualized and specialized reasons I read this for one of those reasons I knew this was a seminal work and I like i ek s writing I find him Triumph and Tragedy: The Second World War (Condensed) Series, Book 4 uite entertaining and I appreciate what many criticize about i ek namely his blend of good ol Socialist humor adjacent to MarxistLacanian theoryBut on with the show For a number of years now Piping-Dilat uite before I knew of i ek I have been approaching individuals with this notion there is no such thing as choice Now I don t go saying this willy nilly to everyone no Gosh no I only reserve it for those who I wish to engage in a bit of an intellectual battle with ie someone who can perhaps change my mind or better yet harden my thought You can work this notion from the consumerist angle of limited selection or the lovely Leninist paraphrase freedom but for whom and for what or any others to fit your sparring partner But what you really want them to realize is that even what they say to me has been determined Even me saying there is no choice is determined by a mix of my experiences memory journeys gender class race language nationalism heredity and so on and so on But I am totally okay with thatYou see they my straw men fight to hold on to this banal notion of individuality being made How to Control Stress to Become a More Successful Investor up of choices I had coffee this morning because I decided to not because of my environment my internal make War: The Eighty Greatest Esquire Stories of All Time, Volume 2 up my bank account my access to coffee the development of coffee as a commodity etc And when you present the absurd aphorism that there is no choice the first response is fear Go ahead try it on the first person you meet I ll waitIF a big IF you can get past this initial fear of the loss of morality freedom ability talent not to mention the Protestant virtue of the individual etc then you must counter their fear They must know that in the absence of choice or free will for you old school philosophers we still retain our individuality There is no one like you And there is no one like me Even an imitation is just that an imitation of the thing Even if I am an imitation I am still this original imitation that is occurring now God save Postmodernism Even the hypothetical identical twin sci fi crap renders individuality a truism Because no one can occupy your space or your time Even if they did the slightest deviance say a misplaced hair or an Kasaysayan ng Kaluto ng Bayan unbuttoned shirt collar would alter any similarities And even those things would not be choicesSo to make the theory of choice one simply must isolate an incident Then and this is important which is why I Thousands...Not Billions: Challenging an Icon of Evolution Questioning the Age of the Earth used an em dash the incident once severed from any prior beginnings or futile continuation is immediately rendered moral AND There are no moral phenomenon at all but only moral interpretations of phenomena Agreed I wouldn t acuiesce to someone who The Walls of Byzantium uotes Nietzsche either So let s try thisthe subject must freely choose the community to which he already belongs independent of his choice he must choose what is already given to him Further The point is that he is never actually in a position to choose he is always treated as if he had already chosen Finally we must stress that there is nothing totalitarian about it The subject who thinks he can avoid this paradox and really have a free choice is a psychotic subject i ek 186 original italicsI feel Snowpiercer, Vol. 3: Terminus uite vindicated in my initial philosophical challenge And the thing is that there are a handful of other chapters and sub chapters that made total sense to me Totally Like pieces of How Did Marx invent the Symptom the subject presumed to on page 210 or Positing the presuppositions on page 244 The rest of the text consisting of Lacanian hieroglyphics that I hope to someday render in to perfect psychoanalytic crop circles that eventually reveal revive and revel in the Real the Symptom the Imaginary and das Ding all in one foul grand gesture in which the proletariat will finally come to total consciousness amass in the nearest city and stare blankly longingly at the sky waiting for Lacan to appear in some great 1960s T l vision set floating overhead Perhaps I ve said too much Oder Vielleicht ich habe zu viel gesagtI think the difficulty of this text lies in the thickness of it no no not the page number Daddy's Virgin Daughter Forced to Fuck Animals Lucky 7 Pack um the density yeah that s it density So I ll keep it on my shelf for inefficient perusal the proverbial wait a second I gotta find this The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams uote I can discuss a mere five pages of this text for hours or for that matter write an annoyingly long book review on one sub chapter But I only write this stuff for me And luckily you dear reader have no choice

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In this provocative book Slavoj Zizek takes a look at the uestion of human agency in a postmodern world From the sinking of the Titanic to Hitchcock’s Rear Window from the opera. Zizek s most revolutionary message I think is also probably his simplest the subject must take responsibility for his own subjectivity This is a message nobody wants to hear Especially not today when the drink of choice is postmodern skepticism I am aware of what I am doing but I do it anyway Zizek takes aim at the post structuralist the postmodernist the post whateverist the empty Foucauldian fad the politically correct the practicing non believer the all too comfortable victim etc etc and then he throws lots of vegetables at their big silly phallic performance Duck Kokoro: de wegen van het hart uestion of human agency in a postmodern world From the sinking of the Titanic to Hitchcock’s Rear Window from the opera. Zizek s most revolutionary message I think is also probably his simplest the subject must take responsibility for his own subjectivity This is a message nobody wants to hear Especially not today when the drink of choice is postmodern skepticism I am aware of what I am doing but I do it anyway Zizek takes aim at the post structuralist the postmodernist the post whateverist the empty Foucauldian fad the politically correct the practicing non believer the all too comfortable victim etc etc and then he throws lots of vegetables at their big silly phallic performance Duck

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  • The Sublime Object of Ideology
  • Slavoj Žižek
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  • 21 August 2019
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About the Author: Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovene sociologist philosopher and cultural critic He was born in Ljubljana Slovenia then part of SFR Yugoslavia He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacues Alain Miller and François Regnault In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for P



10 thoughts on “The Sublime Object of Ideology

  1. says:

    I have no business reviewing this book I have not the background in theory nor the knowledge of the history or methods of philosophical discourse or Lacanian psychoanalysis nor even a strong enough grasp on the concepts and terminolo

  2. says:

    Zizek's most revolutionary message I think is also probably his simplest the subject must take responsibility f

  3. says:

    I don't know shit lmao Socrates

  4. says:

    My word My eyes bled My brain thumped against the inside of my skull I took long baths with it I contemplated i

  5. says:

    Read the first three chapters So dense but so many aha moments on the way through Zizek combines Marxist commodity and ideology theory with Lacanian psychoanalytics to suggest that identity ideology and the self all necessa

  6. says:

    I cannot write to the impact that Slavoj Žižek's The Sublime Object of Ideology has had upon Lacanian Psychoanalyis or Marxist Criticism I cannot even lie enough to tell you dear reader that I understood the majority of this text But I do know that of what I understood I thoroughly enjoyed and gathered not only a new perception of the worl

  7. says:

    Absolutely Brilliant I had the perfect aha moment that beautiful instance where the parts snap into place and you begin to understand his theory from the inside where you can anticipate what zizek will say next being able to inhabit the system of thought he's working withI've been a uasi fan of Zizek for a long time agreeing with much of what he has to say but always looking at it from the outside That is to say his conclusions

  8. says:

    I read this while I was taking a statistics class I put in probably 2 3x as much time into this book between lectures podcasts and reading it I still have very little idea of what he’s talking about I got an A in my class

  9. says:

    Some interesting kernels contained here and there but buried beneath verbose padding Some of the points made the relation of Marxism to the symptom for example are genuinely good or at least thoughtful but whether or not they are worth trawling through the rest is a different uestion

  10. says:

    Essentially the one book Zizek has written Everything else has to some extant been a variation

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