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At the beginning of his paper entitled “Am I a Philosopher?“, Slavoj Zizek cites a series of critiques that seek to deny him the very status of philosopher. The three main claims are that
1) Zizek has no philosophy, no system, but only proposes and exemplifies a method, he is a “reader of philosophy” rather than a real philosopher.
2) Zizek has no status as a philosopher inside of the academy, he is anxious over “being excluded from prestigious institutional apparatuses and departments of philosophy”.
3) Zizek is an excitable hysteric rather than a Stoical master.
In short, Zizek has no legitimacy as a philosopher.
A primitive psychological explanation accompanies this diagnosis: Zizek’s nervousness, anxiety, and bodily tics are so many subjectivations and somatisations of his intellectual and social situation, psychosomatic reactions to his lack of legitimacy.
One is reminded here of Deleuze’s response to intellectual and personal…
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Cergat. Earthmare: The Lost Book of Wars. gnOme, 2015.
These texts are dusty. Exhumed from age-old insulating nepenthean layers of
medical ontology, they recount God’s earthmare of creation, reviving thus, the
Great Wars and spawning forth new cosmo-sporogonies. Heresy-producing
factories, these apocrypha texts narrating another story of Genesis, have been
repressed and condemned to oblivion by religious and scientific institutions
alike. Now uncharneled, after more than 3000 soporific years, they announce
the apocalypse and thrust open the flood gates.
The following book review was written a few years back by Cergat for the series Suspensions of The Islamicate Society, but as it was never submitted and has since grown into a larger body of work (about 8,000 words for Part I) than demanded by their guidelines (I believe the top was 3,000 words), we will publish it here instead. Part II, to which we will publish only the first section, constitutes a much larger work, and will be published separately and in its entirety as a book.
Naguib Mahfouz, Children of the Alley, A Novel, 1st Anchor Books, 1996, 448 pp., $10.87, (pbk), 978-0385264730
Table of Contents:
iii. Part I: Paralysis–The One Who Swallowed the Universe
Delusion I: Mental Time Travel
Delusion II: The Arbitrary Stoppage
Delusion III: The Big Crunch
iv. Part II: Split/The Sign
Illusion I: Suspicion
Open as pdf: review-of-a-heresy-or-a-heretic-review
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