The Reality of the Virtual

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Slavoj Zizek is a realist thinker. Zizek is always trying to think from the standpoint of the real and, at the same time, to think through the standpoint of the real. Going beyond the Lacanian Real what resists symbolization or marks the limit that is both obstacle and access to the real this is an examination of those real elements (which may or may not resist symbolization) that constitute the nodal points of our worldly existence, the points that undermine all systematic attempts to determine this existence in advance and by means of externally derived iron laws. It is unlikely that Zizek himself would put the matter in this fashion. This is because his strategy is precisely to flirt with iron principles (what he has most recently named lost causes) in order to expose how the political contingencies of our world are nowadays veiled by a palliative language that uses the alibi of contingency to defeat principles… .