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The Conversion Of Slavoj Žižek

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Slavoj Žižek has undertaken the monumental task of re-inventing the Protestant Reformation within his own writing. Žižek emerges as a proponent of Christianity and Marxism at the beginning of the new millennium. He does so in response to the challenge posed to him by Judith Butler and Ernesto Laclau in Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (2000). Žižek needs Christianity, or more specifically Paul and the New Testament to crack the shell of Lacan. He finds that he needs to draw upon the well of Lacanian ethics, even to the point of copying and then expanding the master's errors. One of the most intriguing elements of Žižek's development, particularly in light of his position as the pre-eminent Lacanian cultural critic and philosopher, is that, in order to make this Protestant turn, he must, in the end, step beyond psychoanalysis.

Keywords: Ernesto Laclau; Judith Butler; Lacanian ethics; New Testament; Protestant; Slavoj Žižek



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