Puppet and the Dwarf The Perverse Core of Christianity

ISBN-10: 0262740257

ISBN-13: 9780262740258

Edition: 2003

Authors: Slavoj Zizek

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Slavoj Zizek has been called "an academic rock star" and "the wild man of theory"; his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties. In The Puppet and the Dwarfhe 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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List price: $23.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/29/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Series Foreword
Introduction: The Puppet Called Theology
When East Meets West
The "Thrilling Romance of Orthodoxy"
The Swerve of the Real
From Law to Love . . . and Back
Subtraction, Jewish and Christian
Appendix: Ideology Today
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