Living in the End Times

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Verso, 18.04.2011 - 504 Seiten

Zizek analyzes the end of the world at the hands of the “four riders of the apocalypse.”

The underlying premise of the book is a simple one: the global capitalist system is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point. Its four riders of the apocalypse are the ecological crisis, the consequences of the biogenetic revolution, the imbalances within the system itself (problems with intellectual property, the forthcoming struggle for raw materials, food and water), and the explosions of social divisions and exclusions.

Society’s first reaction is ideological denial, then explosions of anger at the injustices of the new world order, attempts at bargaining, and when this fails, depression and withdrawal set in. Finally, after passing through this zero-point we no longer perceive it as a threat, but as the chance for a new beginning. or, as Mao Zedong might have put it, “There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent.”

Žižek traces out in detail these five stances, makes a plea for a return to the Marxian critique of political economy, and sniffs out the first signs of a budding communist culture in all its diverse forms—in utopias that range from Kafka’s community of mice to the collective of freak outcasts in the TV series Heroes.
 

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[T]he way to rid ourselves of our masters is not for humankind itself to become a collective master over nature, but to recognize the imposture in the very notion of the Master. Inexplicably the last ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - JWarren42 - LibraryThing

I find the same problem with Zizek that I have with Jameson--wandering. Here, there are moments of dazzling, laser-like focus, but they only last for a handful of pages, then he wanders off again ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

The Liberal Utopia
1
Report from an Ideological Battlefi eld
54
The Actuality of the TheologicoPolitical
80
Interlude 2 Reverberations of the Crisis in a MultiCentric World
135
The Return of the Critique of Political Economy
181
Interlude 3 The Architectural Parallax
244
The Neuronal Trauma or the Rise of the Proletarian Cogito
279
Interlude 4 Apocalypse at the Gates
315
The Cause Regained
353
403 Welcome to Interesting Times
403
Index
483
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Slavoj Zizek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Zizek, and many more.

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