The fragile absolute, or, Why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for? /
201201r2008 enk g b 001 0 eng d
|a9781844673025 : |cNT430 (pbk.)
|aThe fragile absolute, or, Why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for? / |cSlavoj Žižek.
|aLondon ; |aBrooklyn, NY : |bVerso, |c2008.
|axxx, 157 p. ; |c20 cm.
|aThe essential Žižek
|aReissued with a new preface by the author - Main text originally published: 2000.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aGiving up the Balkan ghost -- The spectre of capital -- Coke as objet petit a -- From tragique to moque-comique -- Victims, victims everywhere -- The fantasmatic real -- Why is the truth monstrous? -- Of stones, lizards and men -- The structure and its event -- From the Decalogue to human rights -- The principle of charity -- Christ's uncoupling -- "You must, because you can!" -- From knowledge to truth ... and back -- The breakout.
|aOne of the signal features of our era is the re-emergence of the ‘sacred’ in all its different guises, from New Age paganism to the emerging religious sensitivity within cultural and political theory. The wager of Žižek’s The Fragile Absolute – published here with a new preface by the author – is that Christianity and Marxism can fight together against the contemporary onslought of vapid spiritualism. The revolutionary core of the Christian legacy is too precious to be left to the fundamentalists.
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.