Maybe such solidarity is a utopia. Both solutions are bad, states Zizek. In this short yet stirring book, Zizek argues that accepting all comers or blocking all entry are both untenable solutions. But there is a third option. Today, violence and poverty, hundreds of thousands of people, desperate to escape war, are crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe.
And we will deserve to be lost. But, warns zizek, if we don't engage in it, then we are really lost. Our response, argues slavoj zizek, from our protected Western European standpoint, offers two versions of ideological blackmail: either we open our doors as widely as possible; or we try to pull up the drawbridge.
Called "the elvis of cultural theory" by the new York Times, popular philosopher and leftist rabble-rouser Slavoj Zizek, looks at one of the most desperate situations of our time: the current refugee crisis overwhelming Europe. They merely prolong the problem, rather than tackling it. The refugee crisis also presents an opportunity, if we are to do so, a unique chance for Europe to redefine itself: but, we have to start raising unpleasant and difficult questions.
We must also acknowledge that large migrations are our future: only then can we commit to a carefully prepared process of change, one founded not on a community that see the excluded as a threat, but one that takes as its basis the shared substance of our social being. The only way, in other words, to get to the heart of one of the greatest issues confronting Europe today is to insist on the global solidarity of the exploited and oppressed.
The Courage of Hopelessness: A Year of Acting Dangerously
In the courage of hopelessness, political and economic battles, maverick philosopher Slavoj Zizek returns to explore today's ideological, and asks whether radical change is possible. In these troubled times, even the most pessimistic diagnosis of our future ends with an uplifting hint that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Yet, argues slavoj zizek, it is only when we have admitted to ourselves that our situation is completely hopeless - that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of a train - that fundamental change can be brought about.
The Sublime Object of Ideology The Essential Zizek
Now verso is making his classic titles, each of which stand as a core of his ever-expanding life’s work, available as new editions. Verso. His recent films the pervert’s guide to the Cinema and iek! reveal a theorist at the peak of his powers and a skilled communicator. Slavoj iek, author of over 30 books, the maverick philosopher, acclaimed as the “Elvis of cultural theory”, and today’s most controversial public intellectual.
His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, history and political theory, taking in film, theology, popular culture, literature and jokes—all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. In a thrilling tour de force that made his name, he explores the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion which make up human society.
Simply put, they are the essential texts for understanding iek’s thought and thus cornerstones of contemporary philosophy. The sublime object of ideology: slavoj iek’s first book is a provocative and original work looking at the question of human agency in a postmodern world. Each is beautifully re-packaged, including new introductions from iek himself.
First as Tragedy, Then as Farce
Verso. Verso. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory. First as tragedy, then as farce is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.
What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj Žižek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century.
Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism
In trouble in paradise, most combative philosophers, Slavoj iek, one of our most famous, explains how we can find a way out of the crisis of capitalism. Melville house. Setting out to diagnose the condition of global capitalism, the ideological constraints we are faced with in our daily lives, and the bleak future promised by this system, Slavoj iek explores the possibilities—and the traps—of new emancipatory struggles.
But why do we find it so difficult to imagine a way out of the crisis we're in? It is as if the trouble feeds on itself: the march of capitalism has become inexorable, the only game in town. Drawing insights from phenomena as diverse as “gangnam Style” to Marx, Trouble in Paradise is an incisive dissection of the world we inhabit, The Dark Knight to Thatcher, and the new order to come.
Verso. Verso. There is obviously trouble in the global capitalist paradise.
Violence: Six Sideways Reflections Big Ideas/Small Books
Verso. Drawing from his unique cultural vision, Žižek brings new light to the Paris riots of 2005; he questions the permissiveness of violence in philanthropy; in daring terms, he reflects on the powerful image and determination of contemporary terrorists. Violence, objective racism, terror, Žižek states, discrimination, takes three forms--subjective crime, and systemic the catastrophic effects of economic and political systems--and often one form of violence blunts our ability to see the others, hate-speech, raising complicated questions.
Does the advent of capitalism and, Žižek discusses the inherent violence of globalization, to think? Beginning with these and other equally contemplative questions, civilization cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of "the neighbour"? And could the appropriate form of action against violence today simply be to contemplate, and language, indeed, capitalism, fundamentalism, in a work that will confirm his standing as one of our most erudite and incendiary modern thinkers.
Verso. Melville house. Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Žižek constructs a fascinating new framework to look at the forces of violence in our world. Using history, books, philosophy, movies, Lacanian psychiatry, and jokes, Slavoj Žižek examines the ways we perceive and misperceive violence.
The Plague of Fantasies The Essential Zizek
Picador USA. Verso. Modern audiovisual media have spawned a ‘plague of fantasies’, electronically inspired phantasms that cloud the ability to reason and prevent a true understanding of a world increasingly dominated by abstractions—whether those of digital technology or the speculative market. Into this arena, enters iek: equipped with an agile wit and the skills of a prodigious scholar, he confidently ranges among a dazzling array of cultural references—explicating Robert Schumann as deftly as he does John Carpenter—to demonstrate how the modern condition blinds us to the ideological basis of our lives.
Melville house. Verso. Verso.
Like A Thief In Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Human Capitalism
What we must do now is wake up and see it. Picador USA. Melville house. In recent years, techno-scientific progress has started to utterly transform our world - changing it almost beyond recognition. In this extraordinary new book, revealing how, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek turns to look at the brave new world of Big Tech, with each new wave of innovation, we find ourselves moving closer and closer to a bizarrely literal realisation of Marx's prediction that 'all that is solid melts into air.
With the automation of work, the virtualisation of money, intellectual labour, the dissipation of class communities and the rise of immaterial, the global capitalist edifice is beginning to crumble, more quickly than ever before-and it is now on the verge of vanishing entirely. Verso. Verso. Verso. But what will come next? against a backdrop of constant socio-technological upheaval, Zizek argues, like a thief in broad daylight, how could any kind of authentic change take place? In such a context, there can be no great social triumph--because lasting revolution has already come into the scene, stealing into sight right before our ever eyes.
Urgent as ever, like a thief in broad daylight illuminates the new dangers as well as the radical possibilities thrown up by today's technological and scientific advances, and their electrifying implications for us all.
Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through
Verso. In today’s world, characterized by political turbulence, economic crises and geopolitical tensions, we should revisit Lenin’s combination of sober lucidity and revolutionary determination. With his characteristic brio and provocative insight, iek suggests that Lenin’s courage as a thinker can be found in his willingness to face this reality of retreat unflinchingly.
Verso. I. Picador USA. Verso. As the anticipated world revolution receded into the distance, new paths had to be charted if the Soviet state was to survive. Russia had survived foreign invasion, embargo and a terrifying civil war, as well as internal revolts such as the one at Kronstadt in 1921. Melville house. One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, iek shows why Lenin’s thought is still important todayV.
Lenin’s originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. But the new state was exhausted, isolated and disorientated. But, in this new study and collection of lenin’s original texts, Slavoj iek argues that his true greatness can be better grasped in the last two years of his political life.
Living in the End Times
Verso. Verso. Slavoj Žižek has identified the four horsemen of this coming apocalypse: the worldwide ecological crisis; imbalances within the economic system; the biogenetic revolution; and exploding social divisions and ruptures. Verso. Melville house. There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis.
Picador USA. Verso. But, he asks, if the end of capitalism seems to many like the end of the world, explosions of anger and attempts at bargaining, how is it possible for Western society to face up to the end times?In a major new analysis of our global situation, Žižek argues that our collective responses to economic Armageddon correspond to the stages of grief: ideological denial, followed by depression and withdrawal.
For this edition, Žižek has written a long afterword that leaves almost no subject untouched, from WikiLeaks to the nature of the Chinese Communist Party.
Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One about Hegel and Negation? The MIT Press
Verso. Verso. And a “truly obscene” version of the famous “aristocrats” joke has the family offering a short course in Hegelian thought rather than a display of unspeakables. Ižek's jokes contains every joke cited, paraphrased, or narrated in Žižek's work in English including some in unpublished manuscripts, including different versions of the same joke that make different points in different contexts.
. Ižek as comedian: jokes in the service of philosophy. A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes. Ludwig wittgensteinthe good news is that this book offers an entertaining but enlightening compilation of Žižekisms. The larger point being that comedy is central to Žižek's seriousness.
He illustrates the logic of the hegelian triad, “darling, i have a headache” classic: first the wife claims a migraine; then the husband does; then the wife exclaims, with three variations of the “Not tonight, for example, I have a terrible migraine, dear, so let's have some sex to refresh me!” A punch line about a beer bottle provides a Lacanian lesson about one signifier.
Melville house. Mit press MA. There's just the inimitable slavoj Žižek, beginning a sentence, “There is an old Jewish joke, disguised as an impossibly erudite, politically incorrect uncle, loved by Derrida.