Absolute Recoil

Absolute Recoil:Towards A New Foundation Of Dialectical Materialism

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Žižek’s philosophical masterwork, now out in paperback

At the outset of the twentieth century, Lenin argued that materialism has to change its form with each new scientific discovery. Today, argues Slavoj Zizek in this major new work, we should apply this stricture to Lenin himself. Philosophical materialism has not yet risen to the challenge of relativity theory and quantum physics, or breakthroughs like Freudian psychoanalysis—and we need hardly mention the failure of actually existing Communism.
In Absolute Recoil, Zizek proposes a new foundation for dialectical materialism that answers these fundamental challenges.

Reviews

  • The excitable fluency, ursine congeniality and gleeful readiness to provoke and offend all feed the sense of authentic sponanaeity and energy that has made Žižek somethig like European philosophy’s punk icon, packing out auditoriums around the world.

    Josh CohenNew Statesman
  • Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj Žižek ... one of the world’s best-known public intellectuals.

    John GrayNew York Review of Books
  • A gifted speaker—tumultuous, emphatic, direct—he writes as he speaks.

    Jonathan RéeGuardian