Whither Marx?: a review of political and philosophical commentaries on the work of Slavoj Žižek

September 7, 2014

 

Abstract

Rather than several ‘sublime objects of ideology’ there is instead one to which all others owe their power: the commodity form. This is first established with a critique of a popular commentary on the work of Žižek in which the failure to take into account Marx’s influence leads to an inversion of Žižek’s stated positions. This ground is then developed as a way to draw links between most of the major and some of the minor political and philosophical literature on Žižek’s work, all of which to greater and lesser degrees misconstrue some of his fundamental premises. In the end, it is not only that there is a primary ‘sublime object of ideology’. This sublime object – capitalist money – is also the inverted embodiment of human freedom.

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