Techne and impossibility: re-reading Zizek's ideology-critique as geisteskritik

Hourigan, Daniel (2010) Techne and impossibility: re-reading Zizek's ideology-critique as geisteskritik. International Journal of Zizek Studies, 4 (1). pp. 1-24.

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This discussion delineates and explores Zizek's ideology-critique towards the end of conceptually distinguishing the deployment of techne as the other side of impossibility, as revealed by his dialectical materialism. Techne appears herein as the other side of impossibility as the credentials of Zizek's style of critique rest on there being an ideal point in constellations of value and social ties (Geist) in the aesthetics of the life-world that encourage the crafting of the identity of the human subject and, at the same moment, hide the full realisation of this identity from the subject, making it impossible for s/he to develop the identification of their subjectivity beyond merely a token gesture of what they can 'become.' This discussion thus attempts to locate and articulate this moment of impossibility in its various modalities and elucidate techne on these grounds, revealing Zizek's critique as one of Geist in the sense Adorno gave to the term.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 06:26
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 01:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: dialectical materialism; ideologies
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160401 Economic Geography
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220301 Aesthetics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies

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