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December 7, 2014

Slavoj Žižek, the Ideal Fraud

He is deliciously, archetypally intellectual; he incarnates the satirist’s idea of what an intellectual should be. His Central European accent is perfect: it would be impossible to say anything in it that was superficial.
"The second part takes up Žižek’s critique of Meillassoux, which solves the problem of self-reference by dialecticizing the principle of factiality, ending up with the thesis of the contingency of necessity. The third part is an elaboration of Žižek’s critique in which the main lacuna in Meillassoux’s philosophy, i.e. the lack of any account of the genesis of subjectivity, is seen to lead to a disavowal of ‘constitutive mythology’ as theorized by Markus Gabriel.
by Theodore Dalrymple/ Taki's Magazine

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 7, 2014 7:20 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I thought lacuna was Swedish slang for lame brain.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 7, 2014 8:30 AM

My uncle Letsgo Lozko knew a lot of guys like this. Pseudo-intellectuals that found easy marks in the coffee houses and sponged off them. They could change accents, from a banned Russian royalist to a Spanish freedom fighter to a Czecho physicist. Con man.

Bill, I believe the word you're thinking of is "kahuna".

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 8, 2014 4:08 AM

As Margo Lane might comment, "On the other hand, a thumb."

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 8, 2014 4:31 PM

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