Slavoj Zizek: Philosophy - Key Ideas
The three main influences on Slavoj Zizek's work are G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx and Jacques Lacan 1. Hegel provides Zizek with the type of thought or methodology that he uses. This kind of thinking is called dialectical. In Zizek's reading of Hegel, the dialectic is never finally resolved. 2. 3. The Imaginary The basis of the imaginary order is the formation of the ego in the "mirror stage". The Symbolic Although an essentially linguistic dimension, Lacan does not simply equate the symbolic with language, since the latter is involved also in the imaginary and the real. The Real This order is not only opposed to the imaginary but is also located beyond the symbolic. Unlike almost all other kinds of contemporary philosophers, Zizek argues that Descartes' cogito is the basis of the subject. How, precisely, does the Word discharge the tension of the rotary motion, how does it mediate the antagonism between the contarctive and the expansive force?
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