Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity (Short Circuits) - Slavoj Zizek

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 close reading of today's religious constellation from the viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He critically confronts both predominant versions of today's 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 Jurgen 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. Amazon

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1 comment:

AMFV said...

First, I wish to thank you for your dedication and the wonderful selection of movies, documentaries and books on the subject of atheism and freethought you've shared with us.

But I must ask you if you can, to start uploading to some other file hosting sites if possible. The past 2 years, the quality on rapidshare declined (the free part of rapidshare that is). For the last hour I've been trying to download the latest Zizek books you've posted and I can't - either the server is full or it says that I should buy a premium account. Alternatively you can upload the smaller files (such as these books) on several sites so we can choose whichever we like. Here is a list of 28 filehosting sites though I'd recommend mediaupload first. http://www.bspcn.com/2008/10/16/28-free-file-storage-hosting-websites/

Many thanks,
D.S.

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