Quote of the Week: Slavoj Žižek, “The Sublime Object of Ideology”


Slavoj Žižek, psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist.

When a discipline is in crisis, attempts are made to change or supplement its theses within the terms of its basic framework – a procedure one might call ‘Ptolemization’ (since when data poured in which clashed with Ptolemy’s Earth centered astronomy, his partisans introduced additional complications to account for the anomalies). But the true ‘Copernican’ revolution takes place when, instead of just adding complications and changing minor premises, the basic framework itself undergoes a transformation. So, when we are dealing with a self-professed ‘scientific revolution’, the question to ask is always: is this truly a Copernican revolution, or merely a Ptolemization of the old paradigm?

▪  Slavoj Žižek, The Sublime Object of Ideology (Verso, 2008 [1989]) extract from the preface to the 2008 edition on page vii.

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