Sex and the Failed Absolute  

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"Schelling extrapolated this line of thought to its extreme: his premise (or, rather, the premise that Peter Sloterdijk imputes to him [in The Schelling Project]) is that the female orgasm, this most ecstatic moment of sexual pleasure (as the ancient Greeks already knew), is the high point of human evolution."--Sex and the Failed Absolute (2019) by Slavoj Žižek

"Let us explain this key difference via a detour through Peter Sloterdijk. The basic idea of Sloterdijk’s notion of “spheres” is that, since humans are prematurely born and cannot survive being directly thrown into the openness of the world, they have to build different forms of spheres, self-enclosed protective environments that provide some kind of shelter, real or imagined, against the threats of external reality. Genetically, the zero-point “sphere” is, of course, the biological and utopian comfort of the mother’s womb, which humans try to recreate through science, ideology, and religion."--Sex and the Failed Absolute (2019) by Slavoj Žižek

"Although Alain Badiou is a strict opponent of Sloterdijk, one can say the same about Badiou’s notion of “world.” The sphere inside the Klein bottle is obviously our equivalent to what Badiou calls (a transcendentally constituted) “world”; in what, then, does the difference between the two reside?" --Sex and the Failed Absolute (2019) by Slavoj Žižek

"... Unrecht als Unordnung,” better injustice than disorder, better one big Lie than the reality of a mixture of lies and truths. Does this mean that the only honest position is postmodern relativism which claims that we should accept the ..."--Sex and the Failed Absolute (2019) by Slavoj Žižek

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Sex and the Failed Absolute (2019) is a book by Slavoj Žižek.


In the most rigorous articulation of his philosophical system to date, Slavoj Žižek provides nothing short of a new definition of dialectical materialism.

In forging this new materialism, Žižek critiques and challenges not only the work of Alain Badiou, Robert Brandom, Joan Copjec, Quentin Meillassoux, and Julia Kristeva (to name but a few), but everything from popular science and quantum mechanics to sexual difference and analytic philosophy. Alongside striking images of the Möbius strip, the cross-cap, and the Klein bottle, Žižek brings alive the Hegelian triad of being-essence-notion. Radical new readings of Hegel, and Kant, sit side by side with characteristically lively commentaries on film, politics, and culture.

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