Slavoj iek has been called an academic rock star. As public visibility of the Slovenian philosopher and psychoanalyst increases, so too does the depth of his engagement with Christian theology. ieks recent work includes extended treatments of key Christian thinkers from Paul, Pascal, and Kierkegaard to G. K. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, while Christology and other theological themes have provided crucial points of reference. iek has even said that to become a true dialectical materialist, one should go through the Christian experience".
But ieks work on Christianity often overwhelms students of theology. To be sure, ieks style of argumentation is unusual and his concepts are complex. But the more basic problem is that the work on Christianity is a further development of a broader intellectual project established in many thick volumes produced in the course of the 1990s. This book will bring students of theology up to speed on this broader intellectual project, with an eye toward what brings him to an explicit engagement with Christianity and how both his earlier and more recent works are relevant for theological reflection.
Introduction - A Materialist Theology?
General overview of ieks trajectory
1. Ideology critique and nationalism (early 90s)
2. Theory of revolutionary subjectivity (late 90s/early 2000s)
3. Philosophy of freedom (current work)
1. Basic concepts of Lacanian psychoanalysis used by iek
2. The Hegelian style of argument
3. ieks materialism: revising Marx, reviving Lenin
4. Use of popular culture
1. Ideology critique (Sublime Object of Ideology)
2. A theory of nationalism (Tarrying With the Negative)
3. The revolutionary subject (The Ticklish Subject)
4. The subversive core of Christianity (Fragile Absolute, Puppet and the Dwarf, The Parallax View)
5. Freedom and materialism (The Parallax View)
6. Appendix: Cultural and political analysis
1. The reception/response in theology
2. Radical Orthodox critics
3. Assessing ieks contribution as a philosophical reader of Paul
4. Possible future connections
5. iek in light of Bonhoeffers religionless Christianity
6. iek and death of God theology
Adam Kotsko is a teaching assistant at Chicago Theological Seminary. His current research interests include 20th century European philosophy and early Christian thought.
Zizek and Theology by Adam Kotsko was published by Continuum in May 2008 and is our 60614th best seller. The ISBN for Zizek and Theology is 9780567032454.