In Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism, Slavoj iek presents the results of his long meditation on the meaning and ultimate implications of Hegelian philosophy. In this review-article, I will first examine the stages of iek's transformation of Hegelianism, and then analyse the main themes brought up in Less than Nothing. The development of a 'polemological' interpretation of the Hegelian concepts of 'reconciliation' and 'absolute' leads iek to emphasise the role of negativity and antagonism in the process of constitution of reality and subject as part of reality itself. This implies a reinterpretation of dialectical materialism: reality is not something that simply precedes the subject, but which contains just multiplicities of multiplicities, and thus the Void itself. iek's assertion that the ultimate reality is the Void itself then renders unavoidable the critique of Hegelian Marxism based on the centrality of the category of alienation. The last part of the review-article surveys, instead, how iek's re-reading of Hegel affects his relation with Marx and also examines the role played by 'contradiction' in his theoretical proposal.

Between Schelling and Marx: The Hegel of Slavoj Zizek A Review of Less than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Zizek

CESARALE, Giorgio
2016

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In Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism, Slavoj iek presents the results of his long meditation on the meaning and ultimate implications of Hegelian philosophy. In this review-article, I will first examine the stages of iek's transformation of Hegelianism, and then analyse the main themes brought up in Less than Nothing. The development of a 'polemological' interpretation of the Hegelian concepts of 'reconciliation' and 'absolute' leads iek to emphasise the role of negativity and antagonism in the process of constitution of reality and subject as part of reality itself. This implies a reinterpretation of dialectical materialism: reality is not something that simply precedes the subject, but which contains just multiplicities of multiplicities, and thus the Void itself. iek's assertion that the ultimate reality is the Void itself then renders unavoidable the critique of Hegelian Marxism based on the centrality of the category of alienation. The last part of the review-article surveys, instead, how iek's re-reading of Hegel affects his relation with Marx and also examines the role played by 'contradiction' in his theoretical proposal.
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