Slavoj Zizek - Videos
Slavoj Zizek, philosopher and author, speaking about Buddhism, ethics and possible limitations, Gangnam style, Justin Bieber, and Lacan at the University of Vermont, October 16th, 2012.
Slavoj Žižek, contemporary philosopher and psychoanalyst, discusses Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Western Buddhism, the West, capitalism, science, ideology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychoanalysis, bodhisattva, samsara, enlightenment, kharma, nirvana, war, Thomas Metzinger, free will, Benjamin Libet, Martin Heidegger, Patricia and Paul Churchland, and The Lion King.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, in a friendly debate with students on ontology and politics in relation to Alain Badiou's philosophy. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the status of the subject, transcendental phenomenal existence, the difference between act and Event, the necessity of terror, Christianity, Saint Paul, inconsistency of the big Other, the communist hypothesis and political nomination in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Alenka Zupan?i?, Mladen Dolar, Sigmund Freud, Gilles Deleuze, Immanuel Kant, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Alain Miller, Bruno Bosteels, Ernesto Laclau, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Judith Butler focusing on truth, void, multiplicity, immanent Two, phallus, inexistence, the barred One, object a, le point, Hegelian essence, anxiety, political enthusiasm, master signifier, love and fidelity.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about ontological incompleteness in film with a discussion on the split subject of psychoanalysis. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses dialectical materialism, subjects without objects, organs without body, signifier without signified, Yugoslavian communism and the inconsistency of the symbolic structure in relationship to Alfred Hitchcock, Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Jacques-Alain Miller, Gilles Deleuze, Renč Descartes, Julia Kristeva, Michel Foucault and Sigmund Freud focusing on Hollywood censorship, sinthome, minimal difference, libido, obsessional neurotics, hysteria, lamella, death drive, object a, the real, fantasy, Vertigo, cogito and subjective destitution.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about Lacanian theology in relation to Christianity and Buddhism. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the Kantian sublime in opera and film, the spectral texture of narrative, the mediation of desire, the Freudian unconscious, the fall in Christianity and Badiou's conception of the event of love in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Joan Copjec, Immanuel Kant, Richard Wagner, Alain Badiou, Gioacchino Rossini, Gilles Deleuze, GK Chesterton, Martin Luther, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Plato focusing on the Lacanian formulas of sexuation, Tristan and Isolde, object a, Christian prohibition, Catholic propaganda, enjoyment, infinite judgment, lamella, the undead, death drive, immortality, logic of envy, capitalism, anamnesis, objective appearance, truth.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the truth and irony of Buddhism. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses Badiou's conception of the Event and supernumerary element, the universality of truth, the paradox of inactivity, the temporality of analysis, American ideology, the problem of bodhisattva, politics of sacrifice and the gap between ethics and enlightenment in relationship to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Ayn Rand, Jean Pierre Dupuy, Alain Badiou, Karl Marx, Jacques-Alain Miller, Jacques Lacan, George Orwell, Theodor Adorno and Adam Kotsko focusing on retroactivity, the symptomal point, freedom of choice, capitalism, Stalinism, the Dali Lama, suffering, reincarnation, nirvana and Mahayana.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about melancholy as the loss of the object cause of desire. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the zero level of dialectics, the death of God, Christianity, the symbolic order and the Freudian distinction between mourning and melancholy in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Karl Marx, Alenka Zupan?i?, Mladen Dolar, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Judith Butler, Daniel Dennett, Gilles Deleuze and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel focusing on lamella, suture, big Other, commodity fetishism, fantasy, object a, desire, death drive and the unconscious.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about ontological incompleteness in modernist painting, literature and quantum theory. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses void and multiplicity, pre-ontological reality, spectral materiality, theology, detective novels and political revolution in relationship to Jacques-Louis David, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Quentin Meillassoux, Walter Benjamin, Franz Kafka, William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, David Bohm, Vincent Van Gogh, Karen Barad, Peirre Bayard and Edvard Munch focusing on The Death of Marat, Jacobins, Robespierre, Lenin, science fiction, love, desire, not-all, Columbo, temporal paradox, retroactivity, wave particle duality and Heisenberg's principle of uncertainty.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the structure of belief and the mediation of desire. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses his polemic with Badiou on the notion of subtraction as a political and philosophical category, object a as cause of desire, the event, inconsistency in the symbolic order and the function of the master signifier in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Karl Marx, Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancičre and Charles Darwin focusing on singular universality, the supernumerary element, Zapatistas, evolution, minimal difference, the point, ecology, nature, love, and generic sets.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the big Other in Lacan in relation to Alain Badiou's theory of the Event. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the universality of anxiety, Lacan's theory of truth and subjectivity, the inconsistency of the symbolic structure and his polemic with Badiou in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Sigmund Freud, René Descartes, Jacques-Alain Miller, Antonio Hardt and Michael Negri focusing on being, truth, the real, language, knowledge, the existence of animal life, death drive, transposed belief, the figure of the neighbor, terror, political enthusiasm and capitalism.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about the transcendental constitution of reality. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the logic of dreams in Freud, subjectivity, how real sex functions against fantasy, ethical certainty, temporal delay in the act of psychoanalysis and Badiou's concept of decision and forcing the real in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Sigmund Freud, Alain Badiou, David Lynch, Roland Barthes and Jean-Pierre Melville focusing on the neighbor, censorship, prohibition, sexual non-relation, big Other, trauma, libido, pornography and love. Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
?Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author, talking about Jacques Lacan's shifting theory of the big Other. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses hysteria as the birth of subjectivity, the logic of transgression, Hollywood censorship, film theory, Antigone, and paternal authority in relationship to Jacques Lacan, Alain Badiou, Sigmund Freud, Mladen Dolar, Jacques-Alain Miller, Louis Althusser, Jean Laplance, René Descartes, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Bertolt Brecht and Georges Bataille focusing on desire, death drive, perversity, sexual difference, capitalism, fantasy, love, amor fati, necessity, Maoism, fidelity and corruption.Public open lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe. 2012
Slavoj Žižek talking about the European debt crisis, the revolutions of 2011, and where things stand now. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the concepts of exploitation, unemployment, the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street in relationship to Yanis Varoufakis's "Global Minotaur," Keynesianism, deficits, Paul Volker, Fredric Jameson, surplus value, recognition, TJ Clark, Basic Income, Philippe van Parijs, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Walter Benjamin, Karl Marx, Hegel focusing on Blaise Pascal, miracles, Deus Absconditus, Julian Assange, Kant, partial objects, contractual relationships and Adam Kotsko. European Graduate School EGS
Slavoj Žižek (Slovenia), Tariq Ali (Pakistan/UK) and moderator Sre?ko Horvat speaking about the European Union, the crisis of political and economic project; a crisis of an Idea, austerity policies and structural reforms, the dismantling of the social state and new privatizations, the rise of extreme right and the technocratic and authoritarian rule of many European governments, in short, the current situation of the European Union. Subversive Film Festival. May 13, 2012, Zagreb, Croatia
Slavoj Zizek speaking about Turkey, the Ottoman empire, racism, totalitarian states, orientalism and Ottoman celebration, develops a critique of "Nation State" by building his argument that it is a necessity for humanity to invent a non-ethnical and non-religious form of state, and defines the method of "Immanent Critique" as the primary principle for philosophical thinking. Mimar Sinan University. Istanbul, Turkey January 28, 2012.
Slavoj Žižek speaking about the Occupy movement, and the insufficiency of demands, the Arab revolution, global opportunities for renewal, the role of philosophers, the future for capitalism and a radical break with the past in favor of a new social order. Deutsche Welle TV.
Slavoj Žižek speaking about The Struggle for European Legacy, the political, cultural and economical future of Europa. Interview with Marc de Kesel and Frank Van de Veire. Centre for Fine Arts / Henry Le Boeuf Hall Bozar and Het beschrijf. November 28, 2011
Interview with Slavoj Zizek on the eviction of Occupy Wall Street, on how the Soviet intervention saved the Prague Spring in 1968, the limitations of traditional party systems, the gap between global capitalist financial mechanics and representative institutionalized democracies, the inside joke in Polanski's film 'The Ghostwriter', authoritarian capitalism, capitalist machinery, the contrast between the gay pride parades in Istanbul and Croatia, the threat of the new populist right wing in Europe, the possibility of egalitarian collectives outside hierarchic orders, and the hope for a renewed left that has an emancipatory vision in the redefinition of Europe. Prague, November 17 2011
Slavoj Zizek speaking about The Empowerment of the Right and the Dissolution of the Left. The public sector is facing severe economy measures. The budgets for culture, education and health care are being cut. The measures are implemented by the political right. The political left, in this period of turmoil, does not seem to be able or willing to meet force with force and turn the tide. Has the left become unsettled? Does the binary division between left and right still apply to read the current political developments and state of flux? Can the left reinvent itself and find an answer to the spreading attitude of rigidity and xenophobia? Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. November 5, 2011
The Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist Slavoj Zizek talking to Al Jazeera about the momentous changes taking place in the global financial and political system, the catastrophy of communism, the Occupy Wall Street movement, protests without demands, non-options, monetary expression. October 29, 2011
Slavoj Zizek, philosopher and professor at European Graduate School, delivering a lecture entitled Negativity in Hegel and Freud. Introduction by Avital Ronell, professor at New York University and European Graduate School. Deutsches Haus at New York University. October 28, 2011
Slavoj Zizek at a book signing event at St. Mark's Bookshop in the East Village, gives a lengthy talk using the Occupy Wall Street movement as an example that now is time for slow, careful thinking, that shall not be trapped by the movement's carnival-like atmosphere, hip pragmatism, or leftist melancholy. At the end of the talk he inquires into the status of st marks bookshop, in danger of closing due to high rent. October 26, 2011
Slavoj Zizek speaking about the financial crisis, liberty, censorship, freedom of choice, red-ink, non freedom, political engagement, participation, communism, standards of living, the commons at the Occupy Wall Street Open Forum in New York on October 9, 2011.
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek in a conversation with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange moderated by Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, discussing the impact of WikiLeaks on world politics, the release of the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, and Cablegate — the largest trove of classified US government records in history. Troxy Theatre in London, July 2 2011.
Slavoj Žižek speaking as part of the 'Great Minds' series about of modern philosophy and social, cultural and political theory. Starbucks, social solidarity and self-commodification were among the varied and enlightening topics touched upon by Žižek, all grounded by his interpretation of ideology and its continuing importance. Intelligence Squared, July 01, 2011
Slavoj Žizek, professor of philosophy at European Graduate School and University of Ljubljana, Janine Wissler, Leftist Party, Dietmar Dath, poet and translator, Alex Callinicos, professor of European Studies at King's College London, and moderator Christina Kaindl, Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, at Marx is Muss / Marx is a Must Congress, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, June 4, 2011, Berlin
Political Philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek speaking about the Danger of the Dark Digital Clouds at the 3rd International Congress on Cultural Journalism / 3ş Congresso Internacional de Jornalismo Cultural. Moderation by Vladimir Safatle, a philosophy professor at University of Săo Paulo and editor at Cult magazine. Săo Paulo on May 20, 2011
Slavoj Zizek, Mamdouh Habashi, Samir Amin, David Harvey, Zygmunt Bauman asking questions about the global power shift, emphasizing the emancipation potentials of new people's movements, round table discussion at the "Decolonization - New Emancipatory Struggles" conference, All over the world, from the barricades in Athens to the mass protests in London, from the Indian Naxalites uprising to the Mexican Zapatistas, from the persevering resistance in Latin America to the new awakening of Africa, new emancipatory practices are being born which, in spite of geographical distances and some differences, still have the same marker and a common denominator. What, in this context, can we learn from Maghreb, and what are we to do? Subversive Film Festival. May 18, 2011. Zagreb, Croatia.
Continental philosopher Slavoj Žižek and Paul A. Taylor (author of Žižek and The Media) explore the difficulty of conveying philosophical ideas within today's media in a lecture entitled Screening Thought. The Media's Philosophical Problem at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. May 4, 2011
Cultural documentary that examines the relevance of German socialist and philosopher Karl Marx's ideas for understanding the global economic and financial crisis of 2008—09. Interviews include: Norbert Bolz, Micha Brumlik, John Gray, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Nina Power, Jacques Rancičre, Peter Sloterdijk, Alberto Toscano, Slavoj Zizek. (German)
Slavoj Zizek in a lecture entitled: The Situation is Catastrophic, but Not Serious at Gutun Zuria. Festival Internacional de las Letras, April 7, 2011
Slavoj Zizek speaking about Hegel, Universality, Sexual Difference, and Differentia Specifica at the "One Divides Into Two: Dialectics, Negativity & Clinamen" at Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin in collaboration with e-flux-journal, with the support of the Slovenian Embassy. March 29, 2011
Slavoj Zizek speaking about Hegel as a Critic of Marx. King, Sex, Rabble and War at the "One Divides Into Two: Dialectics, Negativity & Clinamen" at Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin in collaboration with e-flux-journal, with the support of the Slovenian Embassy. March 28, 2011
Philosopher Slavoj Zizek, expert on international politics Primoz Sterbenc, Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Samuel Zbogar, moderator Pavle Gantar, Ervin Hladnik Milharcic President of the Slovenian National Assembly and columnist Ervin Hladnik Milharcic discussing the uprisings in the Middle East at a conference organized by ZARES (Real politics), in Ljubljana Slovenia on February 23, 2011. (Slovenian / English CC)
Riz Khan, Tariq Ramadan, and Slavoj Zizek speaking about the power of popular dissent, the limits of peaceful protest and the future of Egyptian politics. The revolutionary chants on the streets of Egypt have resonated around the world, but with a popular uprising without a clear direction and an unpopular leader refusing to concede, Egypt's future hangs in the balance. Al Jazeera. February 3, 2011
Slavoj Zizek in a lecture entitled "Living in the age of monsters", speaking about the financial and economic crisis in Greece and Europe, conflicts, fundamentalism, libertarianism and the state of emergency, immigration and the left movement at Athens Polytechnic school in Greece, December 19 2010. (Greek / English)
Is the world ignoring the signs of the so-called "end times"? Renowned philosopher and critic, Slavoj Zizek, explains what he thinks is causing the downhill slide, and points to the faltering economy, global warming and deteriorating ethnic relations as evidence. Riz Khan - AlJazeera English.
Slavoj Zizek speaking about God Without the Sacred: The Book of Job, The First Critique of Ideology, differentiating the divine from the sacred, asking if religious fundamentalism can be overcome only with the help of an emancipatory political theology? New York Public Library, November 9, 2010
Slavoj Zizek speaking about the the rise of the Far Right and Anti-Immigrant Politicians in Europe, where many are concerned about the growing acceptability of anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies. Far from just being expressed by the extreme right wing, the anti-immigrant trend has entered the mainstream.
Slavoj Zizek speaking at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York, for students of the Freedom Theater, Jenin Refugee Camp in Gaza about "Jenin, Communism and Other Animals".
Slavoj Zizek speaking about catastrophes and how they became part of our daily life: ecological disasters, social unrest, financial collapse, biogenetic freaks, terrorist attacks. Žižek arguing that the virtual aspects of these catastrophes make up a crucial and often unanticipated part of their effects. Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum. Penn Humanities Forum October 13, 2010
Philosopher Slavoj Žižek arguing that unless we think about a radical new beginning, the likes of Berlusconi are the political future. Interview with The Guardian.
Slavoj Zizek in a conversation about sport, the Soccer World Cup, and the Slovenian Soccer Team with Alan Minsky from Pacifica Radio, Los Angeles.
Slavoj Zizek speaking about his book 'Living in the End Times' at the London School of Economics on the 1st July 2010.
Philosopher Slavoj Zizek, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and European Graduate School (Switzerland), speaking about Architecture and Pleasure, from the aesthetics of the common beauty icons. 1st Architecture and Society International Congress, Architecture: More for Less. Arquitectura y Sociedad (Foundation for Architecture and Society). Baluarte Congress Center and Auditorium of Pamplona. June 10 2010
Slavoj Zizek, Samir Amin, Michael Lebowitz, and Mikhail Ryklin in a round table in Zagreb, discussing "The collapse of Neoliberalism and the Future of Socialism Today" at the Subversive film festival 2010.
Feature on Slavoj Zizek from the End of the Age of Greed. Paul Mason asks Slavoj Žižek for his reflections on the current economic crisis and the media of coverage of this. He casts Bernie Madoff as simply a more extreme version of Bill Gates. There is a good introduction of his movies-as-ideology.
Zizek is invited to speak on questions such as what can be a communism without Marx or a communism without history, He begins his critique of ideology by analysing the media spectacle around the earthquake in Haiti, An ends up proposing a Brechtian 3 alternatives for Antigone. (French with English Subtitle)
Documentary rom Dutch TV program 'Backlight' about todays world and its problems, in particular the global economic crisis with commentary by Zizek Zizek is asked to postulate what the rest of 2010 might have in store The first 50 seconds are Dutch, but are just an introduction to Slavoj Zizek, (the rest of the program is entirely English spoken with Dutch subtitles).
Zizek discusses capitalism's flawed priorities,presents his newest book "First as Tragedy, then as Farce", and asks the question why, if we can pour billions of dollars into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization, why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?
Zizek appears on BBC Hardtalk and has to respond to the question why, if communism was such a failure, does he persist in calling himself a communist. Not much new in this interview, but perhaps interesting to see Zizek perform in a more mainstream context.
Slavoj Zizek and Thomas Altizer speaking about the Death Of God at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting Montréal, Québec on Sunday, November 8, 2009 Panelists: Thomas Altizer, Mt. Pocono, PA Slavoj Žižek, University of Ljubljana Lissa McCullough, Los Angeles, CA.
Slavoj Žižek, University of Ljubljana, Thomas Altizer, Mt. Pocono, Lissa McCullough, Los Angeles, CA at a panel entitled: Whither the "Death of God": A Continuing Currency? at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting Montréal, Québec on Sunday, November 8, 2009
Zizek relates the 90s anti-globalization protests to the 2008 economic meltdown. His approach is to analyze how, if the bankers already knew the collapse might happen, they still believed it wouldn't. He goes on to examine the ideology at work in the Healthcare debate, and in Latin American "Populism".
Zizek begins with his atheist analysis of the book of Job and applies this atheist interpretation to the story of Christ, where Christ also concedes that he can only trust in his believers. Later in the lecture he breaks down two major American approaches to Hegel, claiming they are missing Hegels importance as a pivotal junction between classical metaphysics and what Alain Badiou calls "Post-philosophy"
Zizek warns that the new face of totalitarianism is a clown-like figure, who deflects the critique of power by pretending not to take himself seriously. Zizek goes on to elaborate on his notion of atheist Christianity in which our position is not that we should trust God, but rather that "God trusts us". Pordenonelegge Literary Festival - Festa del Libro con gli Autori 2009
Žižek speaks about Hegel and Hegelian concepts of history and historicity, drawing not only on the works of Marx's Grundrisse and Jacques Lacan, but also on opera, Schoenbergs atonal revolution, the experience of impossibility, Freuds death drive, Steven King, Immanuel Kant, Martin Luthers radical revolution, concepts of authenticity and inauthenticity.
Žižek speaks about the production of the couple in Hollywood films, focusing initially on the film Titanic, in a careful analysis of the films narration to examine the theme of an occlusion by catastrophe of catastrophe. He used this subject to launch a discussion on the ambiguity of obscenity, on the horror of the carnival and the comedy of tragedy.
Zizek explores the ethics of Kant and Hegel, reinterpreting Lacan's "Sade is the truth of Kant" and Mozart's Don Giovanni and Byron to problematize Kant's notion of Evil as an acti ex nihilo. Zizek then approaches Antigone as a modern ethics nascent in Hegel where we cannot trust our own instincts.
Zizek begins his critique with a critique of capitalism where he concludes that what ultimately distinguishes man from animals is not some positive feature (speech, toolmaking, etc. ) but some kind of impossibility, as referenced by Deleuze and Lacan. Zizek goes on to explainthe origin of anti-semitism as a shift in the identification of the Jew not in what they had done, but of what they were.
Slavoj Žižek discussing the problem of negation and self reflection of life in Hegel, the logic of desire, Lacans master signifier and the object, opera, the masturbatory circle and the sexual act, as opposed to authentic love, Lars von Trier and jouissance of the other, pornography and the point of identification.
Slavoj Žižek discussing Hegelin a discussion on the notion of objectivity in film, referencing Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, Leni Riefenstahl, the Nazi propaganda film Kolberg and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertig. He invokes Peter Sloterdijk, Jürgen Habermas and Scientology leader L ROn Hubbard in his contemplation on ethics, dignity, military technology, and pharmaceutical drugs.
Zizek begins with the contention that if communism is, as Badiou says, an eternal idea, then it works in a Hegelian universality, to allow us to see what is really new in today's era. Leftists should critically analyze all the nostalgia for the forms of communism of the 20th century and stick to the overcoming of capitalism as the absolute goal.
Zizek begins by discussing Badiou's book "Sarkozy is the name of what?" and goes on to discuss the complex notion of national identity and why and how it can be useful to study these, focusing on different modes in which ideology survives today.
Zizek's critiques the implicit racism in the doctrine of liberal cultural tolerance, asserting we need to live togehter without understanding eachother. Zizek explores how someone who is a monster in public life can be the most refined, cultured person in private life, and that the liberal notion of tolerance of the other deprives the other of its otherness, it is a "de-caffeinated other".
Slavoj Žižek at 3sat Sternstunde Philosophie speaking about the financial crisis, the relationship between politics and ethics, and the disappearance of ethics. Slavoj Žižek speaking about a new type of democracy, needed in the age of globalization, and the role of the European heritage.
Philosopher Slavoj Zizek discusses his new book, The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic?, and explains how the Christian concept of the "toxic neighbor" impacts political, economic, sexual, and cultural thought. Zizek explores the meaning of theology, Christ, the Church, the Holy Ghost, universality, and the foundations of logic with theologian John Millbank.
Philosopher Slavoj Zizek discusses his new book, The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic?, and explains how the Christian concept of the "toxic neighbor" impacts political, economic, sexual, and cultural thought. Zizek explores the meaning of theology, Christ, the Church, the Holy Ghost, universality, and the foundations of logic with theologian John Millbank. Harvard Book Store. Cambridge, United States, April 20, 2009.
"There are not only wrong answers, there are also wrong questions, and these wrong questions are ideology". Zizek begins his talk on the future of global capitalism, on a critique of the culturalization of politics, and the notions of tolerance and harassment. His critique centres on how the narrative of the economic meltdown will not allow us any access to real knowledge of how the world works, but will allow us to keep on dreaming.
Zizek warns that in the so-called permissive age, politics is more and more becoming about raising fear, for the left and for the right. He particularly criticizes the left for depriving the other of its otherness in order to see themselves as tolerant. Zizek detects a incipient Buddhism in Western ideology, that the opposition between Fukuyama and Huntington is a false one.
Zizek distinguishes morality and ethics, making a connection from Nietzsche to Stalin. He sees stalinism is over-moral, as contingent on the big Other, Lacan's 'perspective of the Last Jugement', and how Kants emphasis on the subject's moral autonomy prohibits this. (no video, audio only)
Are we all Fukuyamaists today? Has the left conceded that Global liberal capitalism is the 'least worst' system for human societies, and it suffices to give this system a 'human face'? Zizek accesses Descartes, psychoanalysis and more in his exploration of these questions. (in English, with Portuguese subtitles) Roda Viva
Slavoj Zizek, the philosopher The New Republic calls "the most dangerous philosopher in the West", speaking at the University of Vermont about "Ideology in Hollywood Today". Billings-Ira Allen Lecture Hall, The University of Vermont Burlington
Avital Ronell and Slavoj Žižek lecturing about "Hegel, Antigone and Literature" at New York University, Slavoj Zizek speaking about the Poet, Lover and Madman in "Midsummer Nights Dream", Avital Ronell introducing Barbara Johnson, Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan on Poe's "Purloined Letter".
Zizek, asserts that one must historically position the nominally non-historical notion of the universal contingency in the left and in particular in Butler's Gender Trouble. Zizek then analyzes the ideology in Greenspan's testimony on the causes of the financial meltdown. Zizek then turns to the rise of Obama, call him the Michael Jackson of politics.
Zizek explores the totalitarianisms of the past as well as those of the future, and argues for a new political and moral vision for our times and investigate the limits of tolerance. Does the advent of capitalism cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of the neighbor?
Bernard-Henri Levy and Slavoj Zizek debating the role of violence at the New York Public Library. Zizek explores the totalitarianisms of the past as well as those of the future, and argues for a new political and moral vision for our times and investigate the limits of tolerance. Does the advent of capitalism cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of the neighbor?
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek accuses Israel of a "systematic" political effort to make life difficult for Palestinians, and blames the current Israeli/Hamas crisis on a mishandled approach to religious fundamentalism. This excerpt is taken from a debate between philosophers Bernard-Henri Lévy and Slavoj Žižek on the modern Left.
Slavoj Zizek lecturing about Violence: Big Ideas and Small Books, speaking in conjunction with the paperback release of Violence, in which Zizek constructs a new framework to look at the forces of violence in our world. Harvard Book Store on September 15, 2008
Zizek is asked here in the context of the Sarajevo Film Festival about what he perceives as the role of cinema in today's society. He explores the notion of ideological struggle in cinema with particular reflection on the recent conflicts in the Balkan region
The Authors@Google program was pleased to welcome Slavoj Žižek to Google's New York office to discuss his latest book, "Violence". Here Zizek's critique focusses on 'zero-level' ideology, the stories we tell ourselves, in order to function in the World. This lecture is English with English subtitles. This event took place on September 12, 2008.
Slavoj Žižek discusses politeness and civility in the function of contemporary ideology and asks what society expect from its citizens today at Powell's City of Books in downtown Portland, Oregon. Zizek elaborates on his notion of ideology where not only the ideas but even the questions we have about ourselves are part of the problem.
Slavoj Zizek speaking about the key concepts of violence, ideology, divine violence and the extraction of god in an interview with Diane Myers recorded on March 18th, 2008 at the University of Leeds. The interview was designed to produce some clarifications and further explanations of the key concepts and approach taken in Violence (Profile Books 2008).
The interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! where he said "Everybody in the World Except US Citizens Should Be Allowed to Vote and Elect the American Government". The start by talking about the events of 1968 and how the SOviet intervention was a blessing in disguise, saving the myth of what Prague Spring might have become and then applies this logic to Tienanmen.
The persistence of waste reveals to the illusion of ecologist ideology, that the "existing world is the best possible world, only...disturbed by human hubris" The section with Zizek from the film 'Examined Life', directed by Astra Taylor
Zizek appears on Bostons CN8 NiteBeat to promote his book the puppet and the Dwarf, a Lacanian Analysis of Modern Christianity. In an Interview with Barry Nolan he explains the analogy of the totalitarian vs the tolerant father. A pretty light interview, on a light-weight show, just nice to see how Zizek keeps critique of ideology easy to understand.
Slovenian-born Slavoj Zizek, a postmodern philosopher and cultural critic, addresses perception, identity, and the "other" in an engaging lecture titled Fear Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Antinomies of Tolerant Reason. The lecture takes the audience on an enlightening journey through the perceptions of identity and tolerance. Hosted by The Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University on November 26, 2007.
Slovenian-born Slavoj Zizek, a postmodern philosopher and cultural critic, addresses perception, identity, and the "other" in an engaging lecture titled Fear Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Antinomies of Tolerant Reason. The lecture takes the audience on an enlightening journey through the perceptions of identity and tolerance. Hosted by The Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University on November 26, 2007.
Zizek claims we should contextualize China's much-alleged democratic poverty with an analysis of the early days of Western capitalism. He says that an anti-utopian stance is inscribed in to the very core of Liberalism who's politics is not to bring about the best possible politics but the least evil politics.
Zizek claims that the reason we do not act, though we know that the environment is in dire danger, is a fetishistic disavowal. Once we know the rules of construction of a Natural organism, Human and otherwise, Nature is desubstantialized, it is deprived of its impenetrable density. In an inadequate omniscience, we dither on ecology.
Zizek engages the rise of so-called fundamentalist Islam and analyzes popular and Papist responses to this. He sides with Ahmedinejad in arguing that Islam is a more rational religion and that the Christian God is 'Human all too human'. Zizek explores virtual reality in his argument of how belief is created.
Zizek's lecture centers on the ecological crisis, analyzing our technological alienation, claiming as our poetic understanding of the world persists despite understanding new scientific verity, we should do as Chesterton suggested to try to develop poetry at the level of scientific certainty. But, Zizek admits with reference to Sloterdijk, it is very difficult to be an atheist .
Slavoj Zizek speaking about Parsifal and the theatre of Brecht at the Music and Philosophy seminar "Parsifal, une oeuvre pour notre temos", organised by Alain Badiou and Francoise Nicolas. Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. May 6, 2006. (French)
Zizek, at a public discussion on psychoanalysis with Judith Butler and Larry Rickels at European Graduate School, Media and Communications Studies Program Department. He asserts that Freud's discovery of complex mechanisms beneath hegemonic subjectivity is more applicable than ever.
Zizek refers to Epicurus "Gods exist but they are in the interstices of the world" in attempting to describe the institutional novelty of EGS. He goes into detail about the various elements of the curriculum and the class structure which he finds innovative and redeeming.
Zizek is waiting for Mel Gibson's phone call after Zizek criticized his quid pro quo deal to absolve himself of his his anti-semitic remarks Zizek warns of the rise of religious fundamentalisms of all hues in the Middle East.
Zizek critiques the liberal notion of fundamentalist terror and asserts that fundamentalists have already internalized our values, and what they lack is a "dose of true racist superiority". He returns to Marx's theory of Commodity Fetishism, where sublime, metaphysical properties within something we think we know very well already which appear within our social behaviour.
"Zizek!" is a feature documentary exploring the eccentric personality and esoteric work of the "wild man of theory": the eminent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. American/Canadian documentary film directed by Astra Taylor. Its subject is philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek, a prolific author and former candidate for the Presidency of Slovenia in the Council of Presidents of Yugoslavia. Slavoj Žižek (pronounced [?slavoj ??i??k]; born 21 March 1949) is a Slovenian continental philosopher and critical theorist working in the traditions of Hegelianism, Marxism and Lacanian psychoanalysis.
www.egs.edu Slavoj Zizek talking about the Plea for ethical violence, the logic of the system, ethical pressure, harassment, violence of power and politics, ideology, religion and law, reproducing through censorship and repression, Emmanuel Lévinas, objectivity, objectification, self expression and courses without titles. Slavoj Zizek in a free public open lecture for the students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2006
Zizek explores how ideology functions with reference to allusions to sex in Hollywood films, the abuse of the notion of Human Rights in humanitarian interventions, (Ranciere) various populations of Homo Sacer (Agamben) around the world and the persistence of colonialism though 'extimacy' (Lacan). (Audio only, with video of cats for some reason, audio quality is not great)
Slavoj Zizek speaking about The Reality of the Virtual, an interview by Ben Wright filmed on December 11, 2003.
In this tour de force filmed lecture, Slavoj Žižek lucidly and compellingly reflects on belief - which takes him from Father Christmas to democracy - and on the various forms that belief takes, drawing on Lacanian categories of thought.
Slavoj Zizek speaking at the Left Business Observer and Doug Henwood's radio show, looking at American Imperialism with regard to toppling the Saddam Hussein Regime, and investigating the limited functionality of the notion of democracy both in the US and in the expanded empire. Zizek later turns to the Middle East conflict which he describes as a 'wrong conflict'. (no video, audio only, English)
Zizek's takes Lacanian analysis to some very famous scenes from Hitchcock's Vertigo (and some from the Birds, Torn Curtain, and other films). The scenes he will analyse for recurrent structures and tropes are visible in the video.
Slavoj Zizek describes how every product creates its counter agent within our societies. Slavoj Zizek Free public open philosophy lecture for the students of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2003 Slavoj Zizek
Zižek revisits the events of September 11th to explore how these already are, and will come to be used for ideological purposes. Zizek critiques the left for not taking the concerns of the right seriously and for neglecting dealing with these "in a more civilized way". (No video, only audio)
Zizek explores hows authority functions today, and the limits to the respect for the radical otherness of the other, within a critique of multitude and multi-culturalism.
Taking examples from Badiou, Butler and many Hollywood films Zizeks proposes that the state of emergency and 'normal democratic life' will lose their perceptible difference.
What is wrong with happiness? Slavoj Zizek, starting from Jacques Lacan, descirbes how the subject remains stuck in front of the inconsistency of his/her desire.
Slavoj Zizek speaking about the nightmarish character of music videos, the aesthetic and technical development, based on: Aphex Twin, Come to Daddy, Chris Cunningham, 1997, Radiohead, Paranoid Android, Magnus Carlsson, 1997, Radiohead, Karma Police, Jonathan Glazer, 1997. Documentary entitled Fantastic Voyages: A Cosmology of Music Videos. Eine Kosmologie des Musikvideos, by Christoph Dreher.
Zizek speak about the invasion of Iraq (in Slovenian, no subtitles)