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    Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism (Hardback) By (author) Slavoj Zizek


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    DescriptionFor the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of Hegel, whose influence each new thinker tries in vain to escape: whether in the name of the pre-rational Will, the social process of production, or the contingency of individual existence. Hegel's absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the fact that he is the dominant philosopher of the epochal historical transition to modernity; a period with which our own time shares startling similarities. Today, as global capitalism comes apart at the seams, we are entering a new transition. In "Less Than Nothing", the pinnacle publication of a distinguished career, Slavoj Zizek argues that it is imperative that we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables Zizek to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with the key strands of contemporary thought - Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.

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    Less Than Nothing
    Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Slavoj Zizek
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 1200
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 53 mm
    Weight: 1,451 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844678976
    ISBN 10: 1844678970

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    LC classification: B2948 .Z55 2012
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    Verso Books
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    Verso Books
    Publication date
    22 May 2012
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    SLAVOJ ZIZEK 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 Zizek, and many more.
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    Praise for Living in the End Times: "A compendium of long passages of fierce brilliance ... Zizek is consistently penetrating." Steven Poole, Guardian; "Never ceases to dazzle." Brian Dillon, Daily Telegraph; "The thinker of choice for Europe's young intellectual vanguard ... to witness Zizek in full flight is a wonderful and at times alarming experience, part philosophical tightropewalk, part performance-art marathon, part intellectual roller-coaster ride." Sean O'Hagan, Observer.