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Demanding the Impossible

  • ID: 2505225
  • Book
  • 160 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Where are we today and what is to be done? Slavoj Zizek ponders these questions in this unique and timely book.  Based on live interviews, the book captures Zizek at his irrepressible best, elucidating such topics as the uprisings of the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis, populism in Latin America, the rise of China and even the riddle of North Korea. Zizek dazzles readers with his analyses of Hollywood films, Venezuelan police reports, Swedish crime fiction and much else. Wherever the conversation turns, his energetic mind illuminates unexpected horizons.

While analyzing our present predicaments, Zizek also explores possibilities for change. What sort of society is worth striving for? Why is it difficult to imagine alternative social and political arrangements? What are the bases for hope? A key obligation in our troubled times, argues Zizek, is to dare to ask fundamental questions: we must reflect and theorize anew, and always be prepared to rethink and redefine the limits of the possible.

These original and compelling conversations offer an engaging and accessible introduction to one of the most important thinkers of our time.

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Acknowledgements

1) Politics and Responsibility

2) Obsession for Harmony / Compulsion to Identify

3) Politicization of Ethics

4) Means Without End: Political Phronesis

5) May you live in interesting times

6) Communism The Ethico–political Fiasco

7) Who is Afraid of a Failed Revolution?

8) Another World is Possible

9) For They Know Not What They Do

10) Parallax View on Post–modern Globalization

11) The Public Use of the Scandal

12) The Screen of Politeness / Empty Gestures and Performatives

13) Deadlock of Totalitarian Communism

14) The Subversive Use of Theory

15) Becoming Proletarian Position

16) New Forms of Apartheid

17) Intrusion of the Excluded into the Socio–Political Space

18) Rage Capital and Risk–Taking Revolutionary Changes

19) Café Revolution

20) To Begin from the Beginning

21) The Fear of Real Love

22) Dialectic of Liberal Superiority

23) The Day After

24) The Universality of Political Miracles

25) Messianism, Multitude, and Wishful Thinking

26) Politicization of Favelas

27) Bolivarianism, the Populist Temptation

28) Violent Civil Disobedience

29) Legitimacy of Symbolic Violence

30) Gandhi, Aristide, and Divine Violence

31) No Moralization But Egotism

32) Possibility of Concrete Universality

33) Common Struggle for Freedom

34) The Impossible Happens
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"Zizek is, in fact, the most formidably brilliant exponent of psychoanalysis, indeed of cultural theory in general, to have emerged from Europe in several decades."

Terry Eagleton

"Zizek is to today what Jacques Derrida was to the ′80s: the thinker of choice for Europe′s young intellectual vanguard."The Observer
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