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Slavoj Žižek

Author of The Sublime Object of Ideology

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About the Author

Slavoj Zizek is a Hegelian philosopher, Lacanian psychoanalyst, and political activist. He is international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University. He is the author of numerous books on dialectical materialism, as show more well as critique of ideology and art, including Event, and Trouble in Paradise, both published by Melville House. show less
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Works by Slavoj Žižek

The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989) 1,045 copies, 7 reviews
Violence (2008) 905 copies, 11 reviews
First as Tragedy, Then as Farce (2009) 791 copies, 18 reviews
Living in the End Times (2010) 633 copies, 6 reviews
The Parallax View (2006) 588 copies, 2 reviews
In Defense of Lost Causes (2008) 499 copies, 4 reviews
How to Read Lacan (2006) 474 copies, 8 reviews
The Plague of Fantasies (1997) 355 copies, 2 reviews
On Belief (2001) 299 copies, 1 review
Interrogating the Real (2005) 228 copies, 2 reviews
The Year of Dreaming Dangerously (2012) 211 copies, 5 reviews
Mapping Ideology (1994) — Editor — 189 copies
Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle (2004) 177 copies, 3 reviews
Pandemic!: COVID-19 Shakes the World (2020) 139 copies, 7 reviews
The Idea of Communism (2010) — Editor — 137 copies
God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse (2012) 109 copies, 1 review
En defensa de la intolerancia (1998) 105 copies, 2 reviews
The Universal Exception (2006) 96 copies, 1 review
Demanding the Impossible (2013) 78 copies
The Žižek Reader (1999) 68 copies
La vigencia de "El manifiesto comunista" (2018) 59 copies, 1 review
Lacan: The Silent Partners (2006) 58 copies, 1 review
Theology and the Political: The New Debate (2005) — Editor — 57 copies
Sex and the Failed Absolute (2019) 57 copies
Opera's Second Death (2002) 53 copies, 1 review
Disparities (2016) 53 copies
Hegel in A Wired Brain (2020) 43 copies, 1 review
Antigone (2013) 35 copies
The Essential Žižek (2009) 35 copies
Heaven in Disorder (2021) 33 copies
Too Late to Awaken (2023) 20 copies, 1 review
Benvenuti in tempi interessanti (2011) 19 copies, 1 review
Auf verlorenem Posten (2009) 19 copies
Repeating Lenin (2002) 16 copies
Pandemic! 2: Chronicles of a Time Lost (2021) 15 copies, 2 reviews
Reading Marx (2018) 14 copies, 1 review
Contro i diritti umani (2005) 14 copies
Tarkovski (2011) 13 copies
Contra la tentación populista (2019) 10 copies, 1 review
Lacanian Ink 30 - Objet a (2007) 10 copies
Lacanian Ink 12 (2000) 8 copies
Matrix (2010) 7 copies
Reading Hegel (2022) 6 copies
Lacanian Ink 2 (1991) — Author — 5 copies
Politica della vergogna (2009) 5 copies
Il trash sublime (2013) 5 copies
Violencia en acto (2004) 5 copies, 1 review
O Islão é Charlie? (2015) 4 copies
Kirilgan Temas (2002) 4 copies
Islam Arsivleri (2013) 4 copies
Lacanian Ink 22 (2003) 4 copies
THE WIRE (2016) 3 copies
Punk Suprematism (2022) 3 copies
Lacanian Ink 19 (2016) 3 copies
Mimari Paralaks (2011) 3 copies
Bedensiz Organlar (2015) 2 copies
Protiv dvostruke ucene (2016) 2 copies
Lubitsch (2014) 2 copies
Bir Yahudi Ne Ister? (2009) 2 copies
Variazioni di Wagner (2010) 2 copies
Antigone'nin Uc Yasami (2016) 2 copies
Zizek'ten Nukteler (2014) 2 copies
Sanat - Konusan Kafalar (2014) 2 copies
Marx lesen (2019) 2 copies
Incontinencia del vacío (2023) 2 copies
Batman und die Politik (2014) 2 copies, 1 review
Territorios inexplorados (2018) 2 copies
Poskusiti znova (2011) 2 copies
Kako biti nihče (2005) 2 copies
Antroposen'e Hosgeldiniz (2012) 2 copies
Dans la tempête virale (2020) 2 copies
Lacanian Ink 24/25 (2020) 2 copies
1968 (2008) 2 copies
Ideolojinin Aile Miti (2012) 2 copies
Hitchcock (2009) 2 copies
Felsefe ve Güncellik (2016) 2 copies
Lacan — Author — 1 copy
Bliźni 1 copy
Chaos w niebie (2021) 1 copy
The Matrix 1 copy
Paralaks (2016) 1 copy
Imkansizi Istemek (2014) 1 copy
Kieslowski (2008) 1 copy
De la croyance (2011) 1 copy
Zizek! 1 copy
Slavoj Zizek 1 copy
L'intraitable (1993) 1 copy
Lancanian Ink 23 (2004) 1 copy
Return of the natives 1 copy, 1 review
Chocolate sin grasa (2021) 1 copy

Associated Works

Terrorism and Communism (1920) — Introduction, some editions — 235 copies, 1 review
Virtue and Terror (2007) — Introduction, some editions — 205 copies, 1 review
On Practice and Contradiction (2007) — Introduction, some editions — 183 copies, 2 reviews
In Search of Wagner (1952) — Introduction, some editions — 174 copies, 2 reviews
In Defence of the Terror: Liberty or Death in the French Revolution (2003) — Foreword, some editions — 99 copies, 2 reviews
Examined Life: Excursions With Contemporary Thinkers (2009) — Contributor — 77 copies, 2 reviews
The Case for Sanctions Against Israel (2012) — Contributor — 53 copies
Why Bosnia? Writings on the Balkan War (1993) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Great Regression (2017) — Contributor — 30 copies


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Common Knowledge



Zizek's best and worst in Philosophy and Theory (December 2011)


If you have heard Žižek speak, you'll know what you're getting in terms of content. He is fascinated by linguistic and phenomenological paradoxes, contradictions, abstractions, and subversions underlying what society and the conscious mind take for granted. The self-limiting nature of text restrains him to where he's much more relaxing to read than to hear (even though he's an entertaining speaker, with his speed and tangents, he's a lot to keep up with). A lot of his positions are intangible and insights impractical, but nevertheless almost always interesting and witty. It's viscerally hard to criticize him since he is charismatic and takes himself so unseriously, but I will say in the last few years I've found his unqualified orthodox neoliberal stances to be detestable, especially in light of the dust settling about everything.… (more)
jojiswims | 7 other reviews | Jul 18, 2024 |
It's been over a year since the first lockdown and I don't want to hear about Covid-19 ever again. Unless it's Žižek talking. This book is short (a pamphlet, really), to the point and really important. It was also written just a month into the pandemic, but it is still very current (there is a part 2 I need to get on to asap).

This is a collection of essays that playfully touch on all the things that we have been obsessing about since the pandemic started. As expected, Žižek makes a strong case for systemic change. We need a new way of doing things, to save ourselves and the planet.

Unfortunately, a year into the pandemic it seems like humanity has once again chosen the "civilized barbarism", putting a higher value on the abstract of the market economy than the survival of the weakest.

This is Žižek at his best, funny, lucid and strangely optimistic. I do miss him being more provocative, but in a book like this that would be out of place and he is aware of it.

In the light of climate change, there have been many calls for the global government and the change of the destructive neoliberal economic model (most notably by Chomsky in 2019 - [b:Internationalism or Extinction|52170427|Internationalism or Extinction|Noam Chomsky|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1574743215l/52170427._SX50_SY75_.jpg|72999976]).

The Covid-19 pandemic only made it more clear that such a change is absolutely crucial. Unfortunately for many in the West, the bogeyman of "old communism" is still very much alive and may destroy any attempt of such change. But, the power of crisis is that it makes things seem possible because the crisis will inevitably cause change, as we have all witnessed over the last year.

The question is simple: “Will the epidemic be reduced to another chapter in the long sad story of what Naomi Klein called “disaster capitalism,” or will a new, better-balanced if perhaps more modest, world order emerge from it?”

So is the answer: “A common sooth now in circulation is that, since we are all now in this crisis together, we should forget about politics and just work in unison to save ourselves. This notion is false: true politics are needed now—decisions about solidarity are eminently political.”
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | 6 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |
I am no expert in economics so some parts were maybe a but confusing, but overall this was mostly accessible. The author definitely provided some interesting insights (sometimes using some interesting metaphors) into capitalism but there were times when I wish he'd given a bit more attention to third world countries. A big example of this is when he talked about debt, where he focussed on the Greek financial crisis. He did mention how people were against Argentina paying back their debt early, but I would have loved to see more conversation about how it is leveraged to keep Africa poor, for example. But I did enjoy getting to see how capitalism is impacting so many aspects of life and his discussions around a need for change.… (more)
TheAceOfPages | 3 other reviews | Feb 22, 2024 |
Another reason to feel old: reading Looking Awray: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan and a Plea for Intolerance somewhere in 2002. Slavoj Žižek is somewhat of a rockstar among philosophers, but that should not detract from what he has to say – nor should his incessant referring to Jacques Lacan, Marx and Hegel. When I heard him exclaim “the true dreamers are those who think the things can go on indefinitely the way they are” on YouTube in October 2011, I’ve always thought of him as someone that is able to pull away the curtain on certain things.

It has been over 20 years since I read something of the man, and this title caught my eye – especially after I read The Deluge. 2024 promises to be something of a year celebrating the existential crisis, so in search of denouement, I turned to Žižek again.

Too Late To Awaken has 163 pages, subdivided in 17 short chapters. It was written around the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The bulk of the book – the first 100 pages – mainly deal with Žižek’s thoughts on what this invasion means for global politics. The picture ain’t pretty: maybe we should stop worrying about the coming calamity, and admit we are already knee-deep in it. That future dystopia we all fear is already happening, right now. We might be well aware of that, but we choose to ignore it.

Žižek offers some thoughts on the culture wars as well, and his analysis is not that original, if well put: both sides of that war ignore economic foundations. Are we even aware how thoroughly our lives have changed the last few decades? Referring to Alenka Zupančič and Yanis Varoufakis, he ends with a chapter warning about the current form of neo-feudalism, as our most important commons today are privately owned.

He ends with the notion that markets move too slowly to solve the current environmental and political crisis. Remarkably, the book is a call to arms to switch to some kind of war economy, one that bypasses our failing democracies. “Our [only] hope today is the crisis.”

Weighing A Pig Doesn't Fatten It
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bormgans | Jan 22, 2024 |



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