Posts Tagged ‘ Zizek ’

Inside Zero Books #20: Žižek Debrief

Jan 14th, 2017 | By

C Derick Varn stops by to talk about the Žižek interview this week, but the conversation veers all over the place as we discuss immigration, social class, and (as always) the labor theory of value. In other news, Zero Books author Mark Fisher has died and we are in shock. His wife announced that Fisher,

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Zero Squared #95: Žižek and the Double Blackmail

Jan 11th, 2017 | By

Slavoj Žižek is the guest this week as we discuss the flak he’s received for a few of his Lacanian interventions into politics recently, Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and his most current book Against the Double Blackmail. “[A]n urgent and entertaining diagnosis of the ongoing refugee crisis and global terror threat, highlighting the glaring

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Inside Zero Books #19: Unedited Zizek

Jan 7th, 2017 | By

This week’s Inside Zero Books podcast features an unedited conversation with Slavoj Zizek about his book “Against the Double Blackmail.” This conversation will be edited and featured in next week’s Zero Squared podcast but, in my excitement, I can’t help but make it available early. Zizek has been rather embroiled in controversy, more so than

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Zero Squared #50: Enjoyment (It’s a Trap!)

Dec 30th, 2015 | By

Alfie Bown is editor of Everyday Analysis, a blog and book series with Zer0 Books. He’s an assistant professor in Hong Kong and he writes on critical theory and comedy. His first stand-alone book with Zero Books Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism was published on December 11th this year, and the back of the

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Where Zizek Goes Wrong

Nov 20th, 2015 | By

Zizek, don’t just write something… Reading Slavoj Zizek today is, unfortunately, an exercise in repetition. Like many established figures on the left, Zizek recycles his material. Sometimes this self-plagarism can be interesting, watching him redeploy old anecdotes and jokes to make philosophical points can even be enlightening. At other times, however, Zizek would do well

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Zizek’s Capitalist Realism?

Jul 29th, 2015 | By

Slavoj Zizek’s recent column “How Alexis Tsipras and Syriza Outmaneuvered Angela Merkel and the Eurocrats” is a good example of how left theorists who hold to what Andrew Kliman calls “political determinism” can go wildly wrong. Political determinists think “that the capitalists control capitalism—not the other way around—so that the system can become something it’s

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Zero Squared #29: Shooting the Moon

Jul 29th, 2015 | By

Brian Willems is Assistant Professor at the University of Split, Croatia, where he teaches literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and film theory at the Arts Academy and his book Shooting the Moon was published in May this year from Zero Books. Laurence A Rickels, author of Germany: A Science Fiction, blurbed the book this

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Parsing the Master’s Design: A close reading of the structure of theory/praxis polarity, for and against discourse analysis

Jul 22nd, 2015 | By

(This paper was originally intended to be read by Frank Smecker for Zero Books’ panel, ‘Theory vs. Praxis, or What is Praxis?, at the 2015 Left Forum.) Less than a week ago, as I was anxiously brooding over what I’d be coming out here with, staring blankly at a motley patchwork of text—(what is sometimes less modestly

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When Something Fascist Happens: What the Queen’s Nazi Salute Shows Us

Jul 18th, 2015 | By

The biggest thing in today’s news is the video that has emerged from 1933-4 showing the 7-year-old queen raising her hand in a Nazi salute along with her mother and her uncle, who would go on to become King Edward VIII. The Sun, who uncovered the video, made a point of focusing their criticism away

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Zero Squared #18: The Temptation of Nothing

May 7th, 2015 | By

Daniel Coffeen is the guest this week and we discuss a blog post he wrote that ended up on Thought Catalog that was entitled The Temptation of Nothing. Coffeen has a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley where taught adjunct for many years and now works independently writing copy as well as writing about contemporary

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