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The Logos between psychology, ontology, and Divinity: Fundamental aspects of the concept of Logos in the early thought of Slavoj Žižek

Corneliu C. Simuț
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 70, No 1 | a2015 | DOI: | © 2014 Corneliu C. Simuț | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 May 2013 | Published: 19 March 2014

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Corneliu C. Simuț, Faculty of Theology, Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania; Department of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Slavoj Žižek’s philosophy spans over more than three decades, which is confirmed by the numerous books he published since the late 1980s. Since his thinking about the idea of logos is no exception, this article focuses on what can be termed Žižek’s early philosophy, and especially that depicted in his The sublime object of ideology (1989) and The metastases of enjoyment (1994). Whilst the former underlines the psychological aspects of the logos, the latter focuses more on theories about being, as well as on theological considerations. This is why, three uses of the logos were identified in Žižek’s thought: psychological, ontological and theological, all three with a clear focus on the human being as conceived in modern thought, which for Žižek seems to be utterly opposed to traditional thinking about man and his relationship with God. It is clear from Žižek that whilst the notion of God does appear in this thought, it only refers to the human being which encapsulates the essence of Žižek’s philosophy to the point that the logos itself is a fundamental feature of the human being’s material existence in the natural world. Regardless of whether the logos points to psychology, ontology or divinity (theology), it always emerges as an idea which centres on the human being, with a special interest in how it exists as well as how it works in the world.


logos; intellect; being; God; symbol


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