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From subject to politics: The Žižekian field today

Vighi, Fabio ORCID: and Feldner, Heiko Michael ORCID: 2010. From subject to politics: The Žižekian field today. Subjectivity 3 (1) , pp. 31-52. 10.1057/sub.2009.32

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This article aims to outline the contours of a Žižekian field of critical enquiry where Žižek's own propositions are taken seriously through the unravelling of their least explicit consequences. We begin by looking at Žižek's notions of subjectivity and subjectivation in relation to Lacan's theory of desire and Hegel's theory of the subject. In the first part we delineate the impact that Žižek's two main theoretical sources have had on his formulation of subjectivity, focusing specifically on the question of negativity. From there, we discuss the political strategies that Žižek's conceptualisation of subjectivity might inspire, particularly in connection with his recent take on subtraction (‘Bartleby politics’). Does Žižek's theory of the subject allow us to imagine and put to work the transformative capacity of the subject, in turn triggering the transformative potential of the social? Finally, we propose a reading of the current economic crisis through the category of subtraction that demonstrates the political relevance and topicality of Žižek's approach.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Uncontrolled Keywords: Žižek; subject; subtraction; Bartleby; economic crisis
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISSN: 1755-6341
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:45

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