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Fall 2011 Series

Slavoj Žižek: The Ticklish Subject

The Ticklish Subject is widely recognized as one of the essential works by Slavoj Žižek, one of the leading philosophers of our time. In it, Žižek focuses on redeeming Cartesian subjectivity contra its many opponents: postmodernists, feminists (Butler) and others. What Žižek proposes is to redeem the subversive elements of the Cartesian subject nuanced by Hegel and Lacan in order to provide a genuine counterpoint to Capitalism. The goal of the reading group is to undertake a chapter-by-chapter study of The Ticklish Subject. We plan to study the six chapters over a period of 10 weeks.

Reading List

jonathan [dot] widell [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Contact): Jonathan Widell (Law), Ian Pattenden (Religious Studies), Michael Storch (Religious Studies), Julian Menezes (Religious Studies)
Meetings: Wednesdays, 2:00pm-4:00pm: 21, 28 September; 5, 12, 19, 26 October; 2, 9, 16, 23 November
3610 McTavish Street, room 21-6