|aReissued with a new preface by the author - Main text originally published: 1997.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aIntroduction ---- 1. The Seven Veils of Fantasy --- 2. Love Thy Neighbour? No, Thanks! --- 3. Fetishism and Its Vicissitudes --- 4. Cyberspace, Or, The Unbearable Closure of Being ---- App. I. From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: The Sexual Act in Cinema --- App. II. Robert Schumann: The Romantic Anti-Humanist --- App. III. The Unconscious Law: Towards an Ethics Beyond the Good.
|aModern audiovisual media have spawned a ‘plague of fantasies’, electronically inspired phantasms that cloud the ability to reason and prevent a true understanding of a world increasingly dominated by abstractions—whether those of digital technology or the speculative market. Into this arena, enters Žižek: equipped with an agile wit and the skills of a prodigious scholar, he confidently ranges among a dazzling array of cultural references—explicating Robert Schumann as deftly as he does John Carpenter—to demonstrate how the modern condition blinds us to the ideological basis of our lives.