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Title: From Russia with Love: Avoiding the Subject
Subtitle: Why is Žižek's St Paul a Leninist?
Author(s): OOSTERLING, Henk
Journal: Bijdragen
Volume: 70    Issue: 2   Date: 2009   
Pages: 236-253
DOI: 10.2143/BIJ.70.2.2037129

Abstract :
Žižek’s intellectual endeavor aims at relocating political subjectivity as the foundation of communal life. As a Leninist he anchors the possibility of a revolution in Heidegger’s ‘decisionism’ and in the practice of St Paul,whose conversion is the bottom line of a revolutionary attitude. Current consumerism avoids this subject and in that sense a-voids or empties subjectivity. The revolutionary subject is the very act of affirmatively a-voiding one's current ethical system in order to radically change the coordinates of the system.