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The Puppet and the Dwarf : The Perverse Core of Christianity - Slavoj Zizek

The Puppet and the Dwarf

The Perverse Core of Christianity

Paperback Published: 3rd October 2003
ISBN: 9780262740258
Number Of Pages: 196
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Slavoj Zizek has been called "an academic rock star" and "the wild man of theory"; his writing mixes astonishing erudition and references to pop culture in order to dissect current intellectual pieties. In "The Puppet and the Dwarf" he 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 the Pauline community of believers the first version of a revolutionary collective. Since today even advocates of Enlightenment like Jurgen Habermas acknowledge that a religious vision is needed to ground our ethical and political stance in a "postsecular" age, this book--with a stance that is clearly materialist and at the same time indebted to the core of the Christian legacy--is certain to stir controversy.

Industry Reviews

Zizekrarely fails to entertain...

-Library Journal
A witty, informative trip...both erudite and accessible...

-Rick Mitchell, Leonardo Reviews * Reviews *
His writing is bold, confident and contentious.

-Julian Baggini, The Philosopher's Magazine * Reviews *
The Puppet and the Dwarf is Zizek's most compelling and passionate writing on Christianity to date.

-Erik Davis, Bookforum * Reviews *
Quite possibly the most entertaining philosopher working today. Zizek knows how to think the unthinkable.

-Jori Finkel, Village Voice * Reviews *
Slavoj Zizek may have the strongest 'brand identity'...of any cultural theorist now in the marketplace of ideas.

-Scott McLemee, The Chronicle of Higher Education * Reviews *
Zizek is the first Marxist to write theology in a post-marxist, post-secular age.

-Eugene McCarraher, In These Times * Reviews *
...Zizek mixes Pauline speculations with analyses of everything from G. K. Chesterton to chocolate eggs.

-Terry Eagleton, TLS * Reviews *
Zizekrarely fails to entertain...

-Library Journal * Reviews *

A Marxist reaffirmation of Christianity?


This is a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the revolution that was effected by St. Paul in doctrines about Christ. Žižek then reverses the usual theological viewpoint of the tale of Adam & Eve, seeing their experience not as a Fall but as a first stage in human enlightenment, and Christ's sacrifice as the final act in that process. He claims then that we now must live & act morally as if we are in a post-Redemption stage. The book is hard going, and not for the light-hearted, but is rewarding because it makes one think.

Geelong AU


The Puppet and the Dwarf

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ISBN: 9780262740258
ISBN-10: 0262740257
Series: Short Circuits
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 3rd October 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 13.6 x 20.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.23