“Critchley is Žižek” : in defence of critical political philosophy

Sharpe, Matthew 2009, “Critchley is Žižek” : in defence of critical political philosophy, Critical horizons, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 180-196.

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Title “Critchley is Žižek” : in defence of critical political philosophy
Author(s) Sharpe, Matthew
Journal name Critical horizons
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 180
End page 196
Total pages 16
Publisher Equinox Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Sheffield, U. K.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1440-9917
1568-5160
Summary In an ironically Žižekian manner, this paper argues that Simon Critchley and Slavoj Žižek's apparent political disagreement (ludic reformist versus strident revolutionary) conceal a common set of preconditions and presuppositions. These presuppositions can be summed by the slogan “the forgetting of political philosophy”, which more specifically means the forgetting of the difference between philosophy and political life, and the reflective need to find mediations between the two. Critchley's turn to humour honours the notion that politics is about the realm of appearances, while Žižek's frank avowal of the “diabolical evil” of the subject of the death drive makes patently clear the dangers posed by a “politics of Truth”.
Language eng
Field of Research 220319 Social Philosophy
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Acumen Publishing Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020080

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Faculty of Arts and Education
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