Slavoj iek, the maverick philosopher, author of over 30 books, acclaimed as the “Elvis of cultural theory”, and today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes—all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. His recent films The Pervert’s Guide to the Cinema and iek! reveal a theorist at the peak of his powers and a skilled communicator. Now Verso is making his classic titles, each of which stand as a core of his ever-expanding life’s work, available as new editions. Each is beautifully re-packaged, including new introductions from iek himself. Simply put, they are the essential texts for understanding iek’s thought and thus cornerstones of contemporary philosophy.
The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology: A specter is haunting Western thought, the specter of the Cartesian subject. In this book Slavoj iek unearths a subversive core to this elusive specter, and finds within it the indispensable philosophical point of reference for any genuinely emancipatory project.
About the Author
Slavoj iek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential iek, and many more.
“The Elvis of cultural theory.”—Chronicle of Higher Education
“The giant of Ljubljana provides the best intellectual high since Anti-Oedipus.”—The Village Voice
“The most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged in many decades.”—Terry Eagleton
“Unafraid of confrontation and with a near limitless grasp of pop symbolism”—The Times
“iek is a thinker who regards nothing as outside his field: the result is deeply interesting and provocative.”—Guardian
“iek is one of the few living writers to combine theoretical rigor with compulsive readability.”—Publishers Weekly
“iek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation”—New Yorker