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The puppet and the dwarf : the perverse core of Christianity

Author: Slavoj Žižek
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
Series: Short circuits.
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"In The Puppet and the Dwarf Slavoj Zizek offers a close reading of today's religious constellation from the viewpoint of Lacanian psychoanalysis. He critically confronts both predominant versions of today's spirituality - New Age gnosticism and deconstructionist-Levinasian Judaism - and then tries to redeem the "materialist" kernel of Christianity. His reading of Christianity is explicitly political, discerning in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Slavoj Žižek
ISBN: 0262740257 9780262740258
OCLC Number: 52160291
Description: [188] p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: When East meets West --
The "thrilling romance of orthodoxy' --
The swerve of the real --
From law to love ... and back --
Subtraction, Jewish and Christian --
Ideology today.
Series Title: Short circuits.
Responsibility: Slavoj Žižek.

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One of our most daring intellectuals offers a Lacanian interpretation of religion, finding that early Christianity was the first revolutionary collective.  Read more...

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"A witty, informative trip... both erudite and accessible..." Rick Mitchell Leonardo Reviews "His writing is bold, confident and contentious." Julian Baggini The Philosopher's Magazine " The Puppet Read more...

 
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