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Slavoj Zizek




Published 21 April 2010


Monday 8 November, 7pm, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street, New York

Slavoj Zizek will be making a major New York City appearance at Cooper Union to discuss his most recent book Living in End Times, in which he reveals the signs of the coming apocalypse and identifies the terminal crisis of global capitalism.

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Tickets: $10 student price / $20 regular price. Booking is essential.
Regular admission includes a FREE copy of Living in the End Times.
“Zizek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.” New Yorker.

“A great provocateur… Zizek writes with passion and an aphoristic energy that is spellbinding.” Los Angeles Times
“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.” New Republic
Zizek analyzes the end of the world at the hands of the “four riders of the apocalypse.”

There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis. Slavoj Zizek 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. But, he asks, if the end of capitalism seems to many like the end of the world, how is it possible for Western society to face up to the end times? In a major new analysis of our global situation, Slavoj Zizek argues that our collective responses to economic Armageddon correspond to the stages of grief: ideological denial, explosions of anger and attempts at bargaining, followed by depression and withdrawal.

After passing through this zero-point, we can begin to perceive the crisis as a chance for a new beginning. Or, as Mao Zedong put it, “There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent.” Slavoj Zizek shows the cultural and political forms of these stages of ideological avoidance and political protest, from New Age obscurantism to violent religious fundamentalism. Concluding with a compelling argument for the return of a Marxian critique of political economy, Zizek also divines the wellsprings of a potentially communist culture—from literary utopias like Kafka’s community of mice to the collective of freak outcasts in the TV series Heroes.
Slavoj Zizek is today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, and literature to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. The author of over 30 books, Slavoj Zizek’s provocative prose has challenged a generation of activists and intellectuals. His latest book is Living in the End Times.

Called the “Elvis of cultural theory” and the “greatest intellectual high since anti-Oedipus” Zizek’s work has appeared in the The New York Times, the New Yorker and The Guardian, and he has appeared in Astra Taylor’s feature length films Zizek! and Examined Life. 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.
ISBN: 978 1 84467 598 2 / $29.95 / 432 pages
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