By Slavoj Zizek
"For the final centuries, Western philosophy has built within the shadow of Hegel, whose effect every one new philosopher attempts in useless to flee: no matter if within the identify of the pre-rational Will, the social means of creation, or the contingency of person life. Hegel's absolute idealism has turn into the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the truth that he's the dominant thinker of the epochal historical transition to modernity; a interval with which our personal time stocks startling similarities.
Today, as worldwide capitalism comes aside on the seams, we're coming into a brand new transition. In below not anything, the head ebook of a uncommon occupation, Slavoj Žižek argues that it's vital that we now not easily go back to Hegel yet that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his boundaries by way of being much more Hegelian than the grasp himself. Such an procedure not just permits Žižek to diagnose our current , but additionally to interact in a severe discussion with the major strands of latest thought-Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics and cognitive sciences. Modernity will commence and finish with Hegel."--pub. desc. Read more...
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Schoenberg still hoped that somewhere there would be at least one listener who would truly understand his atonal music. It was only his greatest pupil, Anton Webern, who accepted the tact that there is no listener, no big Other to receive the work and properly recognize its value. In literature, James Joyce still counted on future generations of literary critics as his ideal public, claiming that he wrote Finnegans Wake to keep them occupied for the next 400 years. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, we, writers and readers, have to accept that we are alone, reading and writing at our own risk, with no guarantee from the big Other.
This anti-Platonism has 19 Mladen Dalar, "In Parmenidem Parvi Commentarii:' Helios 31:1-2 (2004), p. 65. 20 Does the parallel between the passage from Plato to Aristotle and the passage from Kant to Hegel really hold? Is Hegel really, as Bukbarin put it, ''the Aristotle of the bourgeoisie"? Not so fast . . " VACILLATING THE SEMBLANCES " 41 a Christian version (Kierkegaard: Socrates versus Christ) and an atheist one (Sartre: "existence precedes essence" ) . 5. Heideggerian anti-Platonism: Plato as t h e founding figure of "Western meta physics, " the key moment in the historical process of the "forgetting of Being;' the starting point of the process which culminates in today's technological nihilism ("from Plato to NATO .
THE DRINK BEFORE to that of the agalma, the ineffable x, the secret treasure that (also) eludes predication: � we have here the necessary counterpart, the Platonian missing half, as it were, for a theory of the object a. 19 The objet a is thus the name for the ultimate unity of the opposites in Plato . . In the early 1920S, Lenin proposed that Marxist philosophers should form a "society of the materialist friends of Hegel" -today, perhaps, the time has come for radical philosophers to form a "society of the materialist friends of Plato:' Plato is the first in a series of philosophers (Descartes and Hegel being the two main others) who fell out of favor in the twentieth century, being blamed for all our misfortunes.