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Repeating Žižek

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Agon Hamza
Agon Hamza

Agon Hamza is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana, Slovenia. With Slavoj Žižek, he is the coauthor of From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7547-0
Publication date:
2015
Book Chapter

Žižek with Marx: Outside in the Critique of Political Economy

By
Gavin Walker
Gavin Walker
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Published:
April 2015

This chapter elucidates in particular what is at stake in Marx within Žižek’s work, by focusing above all on the theoretical complexity of the relation between the form of capital and the form of the subject. The specific wager made by Žižek is that the insight of Marx simultaneously provides us a theoretical physics through which we see how the Cartesian subject, in order to emerge as the subject of the enunciation, must be reduced to “a disposable piece of shit” in the form of the subject of the enunciated. The chapter’s thesis is that this split of the subject is also an intervention in the critique of political economy: that Žižek’s work, rather than merely appealing to a certain Marxist politics to supplement the psychoanalytic field on the level of the social, enacts or performs an intervention into the question of the splitting of capital as a social relation.

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