Organs without Bodies
On Deleuze and Consequences
By Slavoj Zizek
Routledge – 2012 – 232 pages
Series: Routledge Classics
With a new introduction by the author
In this deliciously polemical work, a giant of cultural theory immerses himself in the ideas of a giant of French thought. In his inimical style, Zizek links Deleuze's work with both Oedipus and Hegel, figures from whom the French philosopher distanced himself. Zizek turns some Deleuzian concepts around in order to explore the 'organs without bodies' in such films as Fight Club and the works of Hitchcock. Finally, he attacks what he sees as the 'radical chic' Deleuzians, arguing that such projects turn Deleuze into an ideologist of today's 'digital capitalism'. With his brilliant energy and fearless argumentation, Zizek sets out to restore a truer, more radical Deleuze than the one we thought we knew.
"For those who thought they could by-pass Deleuze as well for the most passionate Deleuzians, Organs Without Bodies will be a major revelation. By placing Deleuze into proximity with his great antipodes--Hegel and Lacan--Zizek endows Deleuze's tireless elaboration of the processes of differentiation and becoming in all spheres of life with an entirely new degree of conceptual clarity and political urgency. Through his deep engagement with the logic of Deleuze's project, Zizek opens up new possibilities of thought beyond the terms of the current political debates on globalization, democratization, war on terror. Once again, Zizek has produced an utterly timely and radically untimely meditation." -- Eric Santner, author of On the Psychotheology of Everday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig
"With all his ususal humor and invention, Zizek-- the acknowledged master of the 180 degree turn -- here takes a trip into "enemy" territory to deliver Deleuze of a marvelously rebellious child, one that seriously challenges Deleuze's other progeny with a surprising but convincing bid for succession. Those who thought Deleuze's forward march into the future would follow a straight path are forced to rethink their stance. From now on all readings of Deleuze will have to take a detour through this important -- even necessary -- book." -- Joan Copjec, author of Imagine There's No Woman
"Even Mr. Zizek's most devoted fans sometimes wonder if he would do them a favor by not writing a book this month. Anyone feeling guilty for not yet having read Organs Without Bodies: On Deleuize and Consequences , published by Routledge in December, may instead want to consult Mr. Zizek's essay on Gilles Deleuze (the philospher of "schizoanalysis) in the winter issue of Critical Inquiry." -- Chronicle of Higher Education
"As a writer, Slavoj Zizek can translate difficult philosophical positions in a succinct way while maintaining its original force and insight….And so, Organs without Bodies is a provocative and important book for Deleuzians because it successfully opens a reading of Deleuze that is anti-conventional and moves against the current….What all this points to is how Zizek is an unconventional thinker with radical and originary insight. This makes Organs without Bodies a worthwhile and necessary read." --Robert Ramos, Metapsychology Online
Introduction Deleuze The Reality of the Virtual Becoming versus History
"Becoming-Machine" Un jour, peut-etre, le siecle sera empiriomoniste? Quasi Cause Is It Possible Not to Love Spinoza? Kant, Hegel Hegel 1: Taking Deleuze from Behind Hegel 2: From Epistemology to Ontology.and back Hegel 3: the Minimal Difference The Torsion of Meaning A Comic Hegelian Interlude: Dumb and Dumber The Becoming-Oedipal Deleuze Phallus Fantasy RIS Consequences 1. Science: Cognitivism with Freud "Autopoiesis" Memes, Memes Everywhere Against Hyphen-Ethics Cognitive Closure "Little Jolts of Enjoyment" 2. Art: The Talking Heads Kino-Eye
Hitchcock as Anti-Plato The Cut of the Gaze When the Fantasy Falls Apart "I, the Truth, am Speaking" Beyond Morality 3. Politics: A Plea for Cultural Revolution A Yuppie Reading Deleuze Micro-Fascisms Netocracy Blows against the Empire On the Permanent Actuality for Revolutionary Cultural Politics of President Mao Ze Dong's Slogan "Long Live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution" Index
Slavoj Zizek is a researcher at the University of Ljubljana. He teaches and lectures frequently in the United States and in Europe. Among his books are Enjoy Your Symptom!, Opera's Second Death, and On Belief, all published by Routledge. In 2005 he was the subject of a feature documentary entitled Zizek!.