Slavoj Žižek: For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor

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Slavoj Zizek is a psychoanalyst and a dialectical materialist philosopher, the author of more than twenty books in English, and perhaps today's most important and innovative thinker. Zizek's fusion of psychoanalytic theory and dialectics has been at the eye of a storm of cultural, political, and philosophical controversy for nearly two decades, primarily because he rejects postmodernism and reinvigorates the philosophical transcendentalism and political universalism of the Enlightenment. Zizek's For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor (1991), is the sequel to his first book in English, the remarkably successful The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989).

Zizek is best known for developing …

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Wood, Kelsey. "For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2008
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