Kant, or the crack in the universal : Slavoj Zizek's politicising the transcendental turn

Sharpe, Matthew 2008, Kant, or the crack in the universal : Slavoj Zizek's politicising the transcendental turn, International journal of Zizek studies, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 1-20.

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Title Kant, or the crack in the universal : Slavoj Zizek's politicising the transcendental turn
Author(s) Sharpe, Matthew
Journal name International journal of Zizek studies
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher University of Leeds, Institute of Communications Studies
Place of publication Leeds, United Kingdom
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1751-8229
Summary This paper examines Slavoj Zizek’s reading of Immanuel Kant. Its undergirding argument is that Zizek’s work as a whole- up to and including his politically radical statements, which have become more and more prominent since 1997- is conceivable as a project in the rereading of the Kantian ‘Copernican Revolution’ via Lacanian psychoanalysis. Critics now agree that Zizek’s orienting aim is to write a philosophy of politics, as more recent texts, like The Ticklish Subject make clear. (Kay, 2003; Sharpe, 2004; Dean 2006) If Zizek’s philosophy is ultimately a philosophy of politics, however, Zizek’s political philosophy is grounded in a wider post or ‘neo’-Kantian philosophy of subjectivity.
The essay has three major parts. Part I gives Zizek’s reading of Kant on the subject of apperception. Part II recounts Zizek’s pivotal reading of Kant on the sublime, which he ties closely to the problematics of the ‘Transcendental Dialectic’ of the first Critique. Part III then examines Zizek’s conception of subjectivity in terms of the faculties (and especially the faculty of imagination) that Kant argues are involved in the transcendental constitution of objects in the first half of The Critique of Pure Reason.
In the Conclusion, the force of the paper’s subtitle—‘Politicising the Transcendental Turn’—will become manifest. I lay out three principles of Zizek’s ‘neoKantian/Hegelian’ ontology. These also make clear how his philosophy of political agency is grounded in this apparently suprapolitical or solely philosophical reading of Kant.
Language eng
Field of Research 200204 Cultural Theory
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017492

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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