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Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations
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Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek together have emerged as two of Europe’s most significant living philosophers. In a shared spirit of resistance to global capitalism, both are committed to bringing philosophical reflection to bear upon present day political circumstances. These thinkers are especially interested in asking what consequences the supposed twentieth century demise of communism entails for leftist political theory in the early twenty first century.

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  1. Contents
  2. p. xi
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  1. Preface: “Be Reasonable: Demand the Impossible!”—The Contemporary Importance of Badiou and Žižek
  2. pp. xiii-xxvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Introduction: The Badiouian- Žižekian Politburo—Political Interventions in the Shadow of Lacan
  2. pp. xxvii-xxxii
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  1. Part 1. Alain Badiou: From Event to Act
  2. p. 3
  1. 1. The Quick and the Dead: Badiou and the Split Speeds of Transformation
  2. pp. 5-36
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  1. 2. One Must Have Confidence That the Other Does Not Exist: Select Preconditions for Events and Acts in Contemporary Circumstances
  2. pp. 37-81
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  1. Part 2. Slavoj Žižek: From Act to Event
  2. p. 83
  1. 3. The Cynic’s Fetish: Žižek and the Dynamics of Belief
  2. pp. 85-126
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  1. 4. From the Spectacular Act to the Vanishing Act: The Politics of Lacanian Theory
  2. pp. 127-160
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  1. Appendix A: “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom!”: Some Brief Remarks on and Responses to Žižek’s “Badiou: Notes from an Ongoing Debate”
  2. pp. 161-173
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  1. Appendix B: Slavoj Žižek, “An Answer to Two Questions”
  2. pp. 174-230
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 231-252
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 253-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-277
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