Agon Hamza
This volume is a collection of critical analysis of the philosophy of Sla-
voj Žižek. It is a timely intervention, especially now that Žižek’s work
has been introduced in many places and disciplines of thought; many
books, conferences, and journals have been devoted to his project, and
he is currently engaged in a substantial reworking, or rather expanding
and further developing, of his main positions, especially as presented and
elaborated in his Less Than Nothing.
To begin with, I want to argue what this volume is not about. That is
to say, every determination is a negation, in the sense that it involves the
negation of other particular determinations. This volume gathers vari-
ous thinkers, whose chapters do not constitute the standard approach of
a pupil who develops further the master’s thought or system in a more
coherent manner, or maintaining a blind fidelity to the position of the
master. Further, this volume is not meant to be a defense of Žižek. In
this regard, it is not meant to be either an introductory reader’s guide
to Žižek or a comprehensive monograph. Neither is it a dialogue with
Žižek. Since this volume aims to be a philosophical book, we must bear
in mind that “philosophy is not a dialogue,”1 but “every true philosophi-
cal dialogue, is an interaction of two monologues.”2
The ordinary approach to Žižek’s thought is that it is polemical and
controversial—meaningless and flat terms that at best present a tautologi-
cal statement. We know already from Kant that philosophy is a Kampf-
platz, a battlefield of positions that in itself involves polemics, albeit its
Introduction:
The Trouble
with Žižek
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