Philosopher Slavoj Zizeck on Democracy Now
Last night on TV I turned over to this documentary on Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek last at the end of the above Part 3. Where Žižek is explaining the vast and complex play field he has assembled from lego, soldiers, happy meals, dolls, cars and so on with his son; showing the lesbian queens who rule over the land...I thought...hhmmm this looks interesting. This is a fascinating voyeuristic picture of Žižek. I borrowed The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989) and read a little of it a few years ago, but was doing course work and had to return it before getting very far.
According to everybody's friend. The Wikipedia:
One of the problems in outlining Žižek's work and ideas is that for the layperson he seems to change his theoretical position (for instance, on the question of whether Lacan is a structuralist or poststructuralist) between books and sometimes even within the pages of one book. Because of this, some of his critics have accused him of inconsistency and lacking intellectual rigor. However, Ian Parker claims that there is no "Žižekian" system of philosophy because Žižek, with all his inconsistencies, is trying to make us think much harder about what we are willing to believe and accept from a single writer (Parker, 2004). Indeed, Žižek himself defends Jacques Lacan for constantly updating his theories, arguing that it is not the task of the philosopher to act as the Big Other who tells us about the world but rather to challenge our own ideological presuppositions. The philosopher, for Žižek, is more someone who criticizes than someone who tries to answer questions.
I myself don't think this is such a problem. I think I will borrow the The Sublime Object of Ideology again.