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The Parallax View is Slavoj Žižek's most substantial theoretical work to appear in many years; Žižek himself describes it as his magnum opus. Parallax can be defined as the apparent displacement of an object, caused by a change in observational position. Žižek is interested in the "parallax gap" separating two points between which no synthesis or mediation is possible, linked by an "impossible short circuit" of levels that can never meet. From this consideration of parallax, Žižek begins a rehabilitation of dialectical materialism.

Modes of parallax can be seen in different domains of today's theory, from the wave-particle duality in quantum physics to the parallax of the unconscious in Freudian psychoanalysis between interpretations of the formation of the unconscious and theories of drives. In The Parallax View, Žižek, with his usual astonishing erudition, focuses on three main modes of parallax: the ontological difference, the ultimate parallax that conditions our very access to reality; the scientific parallax, the irreducible gap between the phenomenal experience of reality and its scientific explanation, which reaches its apogee in today's brain sciences (according to which "nobody is home" in the skull, just stacks of brain meat - a condition Žižek calls "the unbearable lightness of being no one"); and the political parallax, the social antagonism that allows for no common ground. Between his discussions of these three modes, Žižek offers interludes that deal with more specific topics - including an ethical act in a novel by Henry James and anti-anti-Semitism.

©2006 Slavoj Žižek (P)2021 Lisa Yvonne

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No care in producing this audio book

It's as if a teenager with a high school education were given complex philosophical terms, and challenged to pronounce them correctly... Inevitably, some will be done well, but this is dumb luck, more than articulation... Any student who had to rely on this Audible book for guidance in her studies would be grossly misled..! There is much gross and systematic mispronunciation.. It is surreal.

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Causal is not the same as casual

Great book but the constant mispronounciations were challenging- Lacan is not Lack-in- Deleuze not Duhlooze

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Great book

One of Zizek’s best books. Amazing analysis of Hegel Kant, Lacan, and Marx through popular culture film, and literature. Zizeks parallax reinvents dialectical materialism. The only problem with this book is that the narrator can’t pronounce the names of any of the philosophers and some words. But this is minor annoyance and not a reflection of the source material

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A new voice tackles a really tough author

I am not that familiar with the Author. Zizek’s adds real world movie examples to his examples but that does not ease the complexity of his thoughts on t
he topic. In his words, I thought his ideas “interesting”. The first time narrator did extremely well handling the arcane and difficult sentence structures. You could hear him gain his confidence as the book went on. I look forward to to listening to the narrator’s next book but I do not think I will listener read to Zizek again.

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  • 06-07-21

Classic Zizek; terrible reading

This is probably Zizek at his clearest, Marx through Lacan and so on.
The recording is awful, full of mistakes, repetitions and mispronunciations. I am not a stickler for this stuff, but in places it makes the content harder to follow.