Slavoj Žižek: The Fragile Absolute, Or Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For

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One of Slavoj Žižek’s most sustained engagements with religion is The Fragile Absolute. In this book, Žižek uses the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan in order to reactualize – for leftists today – the subversive, radical-emancipatory kernel of Christianity. As usual, Žižek’s approach is anything but “as usual”. This becomes clear after the first paragraph, which is addressed to Marxist materialists. In the second paragraph, in an apparent reversal, Žižek asserts that there is a direct lineage from Christianity to Marxism, and further, “the authentic Christian legacy is much too precious to be left to the fundamentalist freaks” (Fragile, p. 2). Moreover, Christians and Marxists should now …

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Wood, Kelsey. "The Fragile Absolute, Or Why the Christian Legacy is Worth Fighting For". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 June 2010
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