On Žižek and Trilling

@article{Holbo2004OnA,
  title={On Ži{\vz}ek and Trilling},
  author={John Holbo},
  journal={Philosophy and Literature},
  year={2004},
  volume={28},
  pages={430 - 440}
}
  • John Holbo
  • Published 2004
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • J.S. Mill declares the true liberal prays for enlightened opposition. Slavoj Žižek's anti-liberal Kierkegaardian-Leninist philosophy, as presented in On Belief, is sized up as an opponent but fails to measure up philosophically. Žižek is not clear-headed; doesn't understand Kierkegaard; doesn't understand Lenin; or is too much of a soft-hearted liberal who only wishes he weren't. Žižek fears liberalism may threaten freedom. But the threats he sees — although real — are old news to liberals… CONTINUE READING

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