Skype Meeting-Žižek and Lacan II

  • November 1, 2012 · 8:00 PM

We continue our exploration of Slavoj Žižek and Jacques Lacan with Žižek's well-known and entertaining Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture. In this short and humorous book Žižek further explains the ideas of Lacan through their application to an encyclopedic romp through American pop culture. As enjoyable as it is thought-provoking this should stimulate some interesting discussion.

At the end of this meeting we should decide as a group among a few options:

1) We could take a deeper look at some of Žižek's philosophical work, some examples might include his early Sublime Object or Ideology or more recent The Parallax View.

2) Attempt the challenge of reading one of Jacques Lacan's Seminars or some selections from his Écrits.

3) Continue on our Bergson-influenced detour with Giles Deleuze. I am somewhat familar with Anti-Oedipus and One Thousand Plateaus--either of which would require a substantle commitment of time and effort. Perhaps someone can suggest a more suitable and representative work.

4) Return to our reading of early American Pragmatism. We could read more William James or move on to John Dewey.

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