The Sublime Object of Ideology

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Books by Slavoj Žižek

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In this provocative book, Slavoj Zizek takes a look at the question of human agency in a postmodern world. From the sinking of the Titanic to Hitchcock’s Rear Window, from the operas of Wagner to science fiction, from Alien to the Jewish joke, Zizek’s acute analyses explore the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion that make up human society.

Linking key psychoanalytical and philosophical concepts to social phenomena such as totalitarianism and racism, the book explores the political significance of these fantasies of control. In doing so, The Sublime Object of Ideology represents a powerful contribution to a psychoanalytical theory of ideology, as well as offering persuasive interpretations of a number of contemporary cultural formations.

“A brilliant book ... If Zizek is out of touch with contemporary philosophy, I am the bishop of Ulan Bator.... Pedegogic clarity and a gift for entertainment are two of the many excellences.” — Radical Philosophy

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Zizek, Slavoj. The Sublime Object of Ideology (Phronesis). London; New York: Verso Books, December 1989, Hardcover, 240 pages, Language: English, ISBN: 0860912566. Buy it at,,, or or Verso Books. December 1989, Paperback, 336 pages, Language: English, ISBN: 0860919714. Buy it at,,, or