Scott McLemee on Sebastian Budgen, Stathis Kouvelakis, and Slavoj Zizek’s Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth
Toward a Politics of Truth sic vii ([sic] Series)
Duke University Press
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In 1896, in a text that anticipated Borges’s merger of the essay and the short story, Paul Valéry introduced readers to a character he called Monsieur Teste. This was the modernist hero as creature of pure intellect, capable of an almost inhuman intensity of self-conscious lucidity. Through a “frightening discipline,” M. Teste had “[set] his pleasures to killing his pleasures.” He had not withdrawn from social life entirely.