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Slavoj Žižek's Bartleby Politics and the Economic Crisis

Vighi, Fabio and Feldner, Heiko Michael 2009. Slavoj Žižek's Bartleby Politics and the Economic Crisis. The Exception Magazine

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Abstract

Žižek’s notion of subtraction, or “Bartleby politics,” is modeled on Hermann Melville’s character ‘Bartleby the Scrivener,’ who to every request enigmatically repeats ‘I would prefer not to’. Far from inviting inaction or cynicism, in Žižek’s view, this refusal translates into a politics demanding that we actively assume as our own the inconsistency of the socio-symbolic order we inhabit.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Publisher: Liberalati LLC
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:36
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/23551

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