Organs without Bodies
Deleuze and Consequences
By Slavoj Zizek
Routledge – 2004 – 232 pages
First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
"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
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, as published by Routledge.