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Farewell to Postmodernism

Social Theories of the Late Left


Bartosz Kuzniarz

In the late 1960s, a whole pantheon of thinkers regarding themselves as radicals stole a part of the anarchic praxis of late capitalism, turned it into philosophy, and with the resulting set of views turned against the foundations of the system in a purportedly radical gesture. Postmodernism was the name for the superficially revolutionary culture which then came into existence. The thought of the late left appears as the subsequent response to the cunning of the system.
The main figures of Farewell to Postmodernism are Perry Anderson, David Harvey, Fredric Jameson, Terry Eagleton and Slavoj Žižek. The book provides an encyclopaedic introduction to their work, while at the same time seeking to grasp the current trajectory of radical thought.
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Chapter Five: Slavoj Žižek: Sola Fide!


Chapter Five

Slavoj Žižek: Sola Fide!

At first it was to have been differentluminous circles choirs and degrees of abstractionbut they were not able to separate exactlythe soul form the flesh and so it would come herewith a drop of fat a thread of muscleit was necessary to face the consequences.

Zbigniew Herbert, “Report from Paradise”

Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies,it remains only a single seed.But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

(John 12:24)

The schizophrenic American writer Philip K. Dick famously claimed in his day that Stanisław Lem was no Polish author of science fiction, but a conspiracy of the KGB. According to Dick, the pen name “Stanisław Lem” was a cover for a group of authors employed by the Russian special forces. Recruiting them under a single pseudonym was meant to show the world that in the field of literature as well the Soviet man could do more, or at least no less than his equivalent on the other side of the Iron Curtain. For Dick, there was no doubt that one person could not have written so many different works in such a short time as Stanisław Lem. In the end, Dick himself, in spite of his illness and strong addiction to all kinds of substances, wrote at the peak of his powers a “mere” eleven novels and sixty stories in the...

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