Absolute Recoil: Towards A New Foundation Of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Zizek

Absolute Recoil: Towards A New Foundation Of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Zizek

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Philosophical materialism in all its forms from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world. This is the burden of philosopher Slavoj i eks argument in this pathbreaking and eclectic new work. Recent history has seen developments such as quantum physics and Freudian psychoanalysis, not to speak of the failure of twentieth-century communism, shake our understanding of existence.

In the process, the dominant tradition in Western philosophy lost its moorings. To bring materialism up to date, i ek himself a committed materialist and communist proposes a radical revision of our intellectual heritage. He argues that dialectical materialism is the only true philosophical inheritor of what Hegel designated the speculative approach in thought.

Absolute Recoil is a startling reformulation of the basis and possibilities of contemporary philosophy. While focusing on how to overcome the transcendental approach without regressing to naïve, pre-Kantian realism, i ek offers a series of excursions into todays political, artistic, and ideological landscape, from Arnold Schoenbergs music to the films of Ernst Lubitsch.