Techne and impossibility: re-reading Zizek's ideology-critique as geisteskritik

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Hourigan, Daniel. 2010. "Techne and impossibility: re-reading Zizek's ideology-critique as geisteskritik." International Journal of Zizek Studies. 4 (1), pp. 1-24.
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Techne and impossibility: re-reading Zizek's
ideology-critique as geisteskritik

ERA Journal ID34656
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHourigan, Daniel
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Zizek Studies
Journal Citation4 (1), pp. 1-24
Number of Pages24
Year2010
Place of PublicationLeeds, United Kingdom
ISSN1751-8229
Web Address (URL)http://zizekstudies.org/index.php/ijzs/article/view/232/328
Abstract

This discussion delineates and explores Zizek's ideology-critique towards the end of conceptually distinguishing the deployment of techne as the other side of impossibility, as revealed by his dialectical materialism. Techne appears herein as the other side of impossibility as the credentials of Zizek's style of critique rest on there being an ideal point in constellations of value and social ties (Geist) in the aesthetics of the life-world that encourage the crafting of the identity of the human subject and, at the same moment, hide the full realisation of this identity from the subject, making it impossible for s/he to develop the identification of their subjectivity beyond merely a token gesture of what they can 'become.' This discussion thus attempts to locate and articulate this moment of impossibility in its various modalities and elucidate techne on these grounds, revealing Zizek's critique as one of Geist in the sense Adorno gave to the term.

Keywordsdialectical materialism; ideologies
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440603. Economic geography
500301. Aesthetics
441005. Social theory
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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