For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of He
gel, whose influence each new thinker tries in vain to escape. As a consequence,
Hegel's absolute idealism has become the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring his
dominance as the philosopher of the epochal historical transition to modernity.
In "Less Than Nothing," the pinnacle publication of a distinguished career, Slav
oj Zizek argues that it is imperative we not simply return to Hegel but we repea
t and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelia
n than the master himself.