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Author Zizek, Slavoj.

Title Living in the end times / Slavoj Zizek.

Imprint London ; New York : Verso, 2010.


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 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  306.3 Z69l 2010    ---  Available
Description xv, 416 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : "The spiritual wickedness in the heavens" -- 1. Denial : the liberal utopia -- Against the tartar-lovers -- Legalists versus Confucians -- No castes without outcasts -- Legal luck, or, the loop of the act -- The utopia for a race of devils -- Coda: Multiculturalism, the reality of an illusion -- Interlude 1. Hollywood today : report from an ideological battlefield -- What does the Joker want? -- The sad lesson of remakes -- Les non-dupes errent -- The price of survival -- 2. Anger : the actuality of the theologico-political -- Thinking backwards -- "Nothing is forbidden in my faith" -- "I did not come to bring peace, but a sword" -- Guevara as a reader of Rousseau -- Slap thy neighbor! -- The subject supposed not to know -- Interlude 2. Reverberations of the crisis in a multi-centric world -- "The Jew is within you, but you, you are in the Jew" -- Zionist anti-Semitism -- China, Haiti, Congo -- Europe : US-Kant : Hegel? -- 3. Bargaining : the return of the critique of political economy -- "Dare to win!" -- In defense of a non-Marxist Marx -- Why masses are not divided into classes -- The labor theory of value revisited -- From Hegel to Marx... and back -- Proletarians or rentiers? -- Interlude 3. The architectural parallax -- Postmodernism and class struggle -- The incommensurability -- The envelope... -- ...of the class struggle -- Spandrels -- 4. Depression : the neuronal trauma, or, the rise of the proletarian cogito -- Cogito against historicism -- The Freudian unconscious versus the cerebral unconscious -- The libidinal proletariat -- Interlude 4. Apocalypse at the gates -- My own private Austria -- The ubuism of power -- Welcome to the anthropocene -- Versions of the Apocalypse -- 5. Acceptance : the cause regained -- In 1968, structures walked the streets : will they do so again? -- Signs from the future : Kafka, Platonov, Sturgeon, Vertov, Satie -- Violence between discipline and obscenity -- The infinite judgment of democracy -- The agent.
Summary "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, Slavok 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." -- Publisher description.
Note 35902012213795 c.1 Gift of Earl Lee.
Subject Economics -- Sociological aspects.
Financial crises -- Philosophy.
Economic history -- 21st century.
Capitalism -- 21st century.
ISBN 9781844675982 (hbk.)
184467598X (hbk.)

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