ABSTRACT

I have been rather surprised by Slavoj Žižek’s critique of my book On Populist Reason.1 Given that the latter is strongly critical of Žižek’s approach, I was expecting, of course, some reaction on his part. He has chosen for his reply, however, a rather indirect and oblique road; he does not answer a single of my criticisms of his work and formulates, instead, a series of objections to my book that only make sense if one fully accepts his theoretical perspective-which is, precisely, what I had questioned. To avoid continuing with this dialogue of the deaf I will take the bull by the horns, reasserting what I see as fundamentally wrong in Žižek’s approach and, in the course of this argument, I will also refute Žižek’s criticisms.