The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity Slavoj Žižek

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The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity by Slavoj Žižek
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Slavoj Zizek has been called an academic rock star and the wild man of theory- his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties. In The Puppet and the Dwarf he offers a closeMoreSlavoj Zizek has been called an academic rock star and the wild man of theory- his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties. In The Puppet and the Dwarf he offers a close reading of todays religious constellation from the viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis.

He critically confronts both predominant versions of todays spirituality—New Age gnosticism and deconstructionist-Levinasian Judaism—and then tries to redeem the materialist kernel of Christianity. His reading of Christianity is explicitly political, discerning in the Pauline community of believers the first version of a revolutionary collective.

Since today even advocates of Enlightenment like Jürgen Habermas acknowledge that a religious vision is needed to ground our ethical and political stance in a postsecular age, this book—with a stance that is clearly materialist and at the same time indebted to the core of the Christian legacy—is certain to stir controversy.Slavoj Žižek is a philosopher and Lacanian psychoanalysi and Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

He is the author of Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture (MIT Press, 1992).With this book, Žižek consolidates his reputation as the foremost intellectual gadfly of the postmodern cosmopolis. For anyone interested in the contemporary vogue of the theological turn or theories of religion without God, The Puppet and the Dwarf is indispensable reading....

If Socrates underwent a ten-year analysis with Jacques Lacan, the result would be Slavoj Žižek. —Richard Wolin, Distinguished Professor of Graduate Center, City University of New York



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