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Short Circuits

“Short Circuits” intends to revive a practice of reading which confronts a classic text, author, or notion with its own hidden presuppositions, and thus reveals its disavowed truth. The basic criterion for the texts in the series is that they effectuate such a theoretical short circuit. After reading a book in this series, the reader should not simply have learned something new: the point is, rather, to make him or her aware of another—disturbing—side of something he or she knew all the time.

Hamlet's Negativity

Hamlet as performed by philosophers, with supporting roles played by Kant, Nietzsche, and others.

A Lacanian approach to murder scene investigation.

Paradox or Dialectic?

A militant Marxist atheist and a “Radical Orthodox” Christian theologian square off on everything from the meaning of theology and Christ to the war machine of corporate mafia.

Notes on a Passion

Uncovering an archive of laughter, from the forbidden giggle to the explosive guffaw.

A Lacanian Cyborg Ontology

Behind our computer screens we are all cyborgs: through fantasy we can understand our involvement in virtual worlds.

In Zizek's long-awaited magnum opus, he theorizes the "parallax gap" in the ontological, the scientific, and the political—and rehabilitates dialectical materialism.

On Comedy

A Lacanian look at how comedy might come to philosophy’s rescue, with examples ranging from Hegel and Molière to George W. Bush and Borat.

A Philosophical Reading of Lacan

The evolution of the concept of subjectivity in the works of Jacques Lacan.

A new, philosophically grounded theory of the voice—the voice as the lever of thought, as one of the paramount embodiments of the psychoanalytic object.

Laibach and NSK

The first English-language study of NSK—one of the contemporary art world's most radical forces—with particular focus on the performances and productions of NSK's musical and conceptual division, Laibach.

Siting Freud after Freud

Psychoanalysis as a navigation device for the cultural maze of the twenty-first century.

Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Two

Restoring Nietzsche to a Nietzschean context—examining the definitive element that animates his work.

The Perverse Core of Christianity

One of our most daring intellectuals offers a Lacanian interpretation of religion, finding that early Christianity was the first revolutionary collective.