Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Zižek
constructs a fascinating new framework to look at the forces of
violence in our world.
Using history, philosophy, books, movies, Lacanian psychiatry, and
jokes, Slavoj Zižek examines the ways we perceive and misperceive
violence. Drawing from his unique cultural vision, Zižek brings new
light to the Paris riots of 2005; he questions the permissiveness
of violence in philanthropy; in daring terms, he reflects on the
powerful image and determination of contemporary terrorists.
Violence, Zižek states, takes three forms--subjective (crime,
terror), objective (racism, hate-speech, discrimination), and
systemic (the catastrophic effects of economic and political
systems)--and often one form of violence blunts our ability to see
the others, raising complicated questions.
Does the advent of capitalism and, indeed, civilization cause more
violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of
"the neighbour"? And could the appropriate form of action against
violence today simply be to contemplate, to think?
Beginning with these and other equally contemplative questions,
Zižek discusses the inherent violence of globalization, capitalism,
fundamentalism, and language, in a work that will confirm his
standing as one of our most erudite and incendiary modern
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