Towards A New Foundation Of Dialectical Materialism
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In the process, the dominant tradition in Western philosophy lost its moorings. To bring materialism up to date, iek – himself a committed materialist and communist – proposes a radical revision of our intellectual heritage. He argues that dialectical materialism is the only true philosophical inheritor of what Hegel designated the “speculative” approach in thought.
Absolute Recoil is a startling reformulation of the basis and possibilities of contemporary philosophy. While focusing on how to overcome the transcendental approach without regressing to naïve, pre-Kantian realism, iek offers a series of excursions into today’s political, artistic, and ideological landscape, from Arnold Schoenberg’s music to the films of Ernst Lubitsch.
Praise For Absolute Recoil: Towards A New Foundation Of Dialectical Materialism…
“The excitable fluency, ursine congeniality and gleeful readiness to provoke and offend all feed the sense of authentic sponanaeity and energy that has made iek somethig like European philosophy’s punk icon, packing out auditoriums around the world.”
—Josh Cohen, New Statesman
““Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj iek ... one of the world’s best-known public intellectuals.”
—John Gray, New York Review of Books
“A gifted speaker—tumultuous, emphatic, direct—he writes as he speaks.”
—Jonathan Rée, Guardian
“Like Socrates on steroids ... breathtakingly perceptive.”
Publication Date: October 6, 2015