The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity

Author(s) : Slavoj Zizek

The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity

Book Details

  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Published : 2003
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 196
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 18792
  • ISBN 13 : 9780262740258
  • ISBN 10 : 0262740257

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In this volume Slavoj Zizek 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.

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Slavoj Zizek is a Hegelian philosopher, Lacanian psychoanalyst, and political activist. He is international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the author of numerous books on dialectical materialism, critique of ideology and art.

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