By Slavoj Žižek
Philosophical materialism in all its varieties – from clinical naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism – has did not meet the major theoretical and political demanding situations of the trendy international. this is often the weight of thinker Slavoj Žižek’s argument during this pathbreaking and eclectic new paintings. fresh historical past has obvious advancements resembling quantum physics and Freudian psychoanalysis, to not communicate of the failure of twentieth-century communism, shake our realizing of existence.
In the method, the dominant culture in Western philosophy misplaced its moorings. To deliver materialism brand new, Žižek – himself a devoted materialist and communist – proposes an intensive revision of our highbrow history. He argues that dialectical materialism is the one precise philosophical heir of what Hegel targeted the “speculative” method in thought.
Absolute Recoil is a startling reformulation of the foundation and chances of modern philosophy. whereas targeting how one can triumph over the transcendental process with no regressing to naïve, pre-Kantian realism, Žižek deals a sequence of tours into today’s political, inventive, and ideological panorama, from Arnold Schoenberg’s track to the movies of Ernst Lubitsch.
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1 (2000): 5–19. McCormick argues, on Kantian grounds, that being in all places and all times precludes being conscious because omnipresence would make it impossible for God to make an essential conceptual distinction between the self and not-self. ‣McCormick, Matt. ” In The Impossibility of God. Edited by Michael Martin and Ricki Monnier, 313–325. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2003. God is traditionally conceived of as an agent, capable of setting goals and of willing and performing actions. God can never act, however, because no state of affairs that deviates from the dictates of his power, knowledge, and perfection can arise.
Edited by Antony Flew and Alasdair MacIntyre, 144–169. New York: Macmillan, 1955. An early work in deductive atheology that considers problems associated with God’s power and human freedom. ‣Grim, Patrick. ” In The Cambridge Companion to Atheism. Edited by Michael Martin, 199–214. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007. Grim outlines several recent attempts to salvage a workable definition of omnipotence from Flint and Freddoso, Wierenga, and Hoffman and Rosenkrantz. He argues that they do not succeed, leaving God’s power either impossible or too meager to be worthy of God.
Divine Hiddenness: New Essays. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. 1017/CBO9780511606090 An important collection of essays concerning the question of God’s hiddenness. If there is a God, then why is his existence not more obvious? Authors in this collection outline a number of possibilities. ‣Schellenberg, J. L. Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006a. Schellenberg argues that the absence of strong evidence for theism implies that atheism is true.