By Slavoj Zizek
With regular brio and boldness, Slavoj Zizek argues in The Fragile Absolute that the subversive center of the Christian legacy is far too valuable to be left to the fundamentalists.
Here is a becoming contribution from a Marxist to the 2000th anniversary of 1 who used to be good conscious that to perform love in our global is to herald the sword and hearth.
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In philosophy proper, this fantasmatic mystification is at the very core of Schelling's Weltalter project. 49 What Schelling endeavoured to accomplish in Weltalteris precisely such a mythopoeic fantasmatic narrative that would account for the emergence of logos itself out of the pre-Iogical proto-cosmic Real; however, at the very end of each of the three snccessive drafts of Weltalter - that is to say, at the very point at which the passage from mythos to logos, from the Real to the Symbolic, should have been deployed - Schelling was compelled ...