The Sublime Object of Ideology

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The Sublime Object of Ideology
Author Slavoj Žižek
Country UK
Language English
Genre Philosophy
Publisher Verso Books
Publication date
December 1989
Pages 336
ISBN 978-0860919711
OCLC 21158412

The Sublime Object of Ideology is a 1989 book by the Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek.[1] The book, which Žižek believes to be one of his best, essentially makes thematic the Kantian notion of the sublime in order to liken ideology to an experience of something that is absolutely vast and forceful beyond all perception and objective intelligibility.

The first chapter begins with an analysis of "How did Marx Invent the Symptom?" Žižek compares the notion of symptom that works in both Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud in this section. He is against a simplistic reading of both the authors who are seen to have discovered the hidden "kernel" of meaning behind the apparently unconnected "forms" of commodities (by Marx) and dreams (by Freud). The kernel of the content of commodity being labour and the dream being its latent meaning. Žižek thinks the more important question is why did the latent content take this particular form? Thus, the dream-work and commodity-form itself requires analysis, according to both Freud and Marx, Žižek says.