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Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. 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. His books include Living in the End TimesFirst as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.


  • Philosophy Undergraduate Reading List: 50% off!

    All the books on this list are 50% off until Tuesday 8th September as part of our Back to University/Back to School sale. See all the books included in the sale here.

    Here's Verso essential reading for all those budding philosophers. All books on the reading list are part of our Undergraduate reading list 50% sale!

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  • Ecología contra la Madre Naturaleza: Slavoj Žižek sobre Molecular Red

    Traducido por Sergio Andrés Rueda y Manuel Vargas Ricalde

    A Note from the Translator:

    This pertinent conversation between Slavoj Žižek and McKenzie Wark on Wark's Molecular Red needs to be available as widly as possible. I think many people in Spanish speaking countries are ready to get into the conversation if we want to have a global perspective of the same phenomena that affects us all.

    Read McKenzie Wark's response here


    El 28 de noviembre del 2008, Evo Morales, el presidente de Bolivia, lanzó una carta pública titulada "Cambio Climático: Salvar al Planeta del Capitalismo". Estas son las declaraciones inaugurales:

    Hermanas y hermanos: Hoy en día, nuestra Madre Tierra se encuentra enferma. ... Todo comenzó con la revolución industrial en 1750, que dio el nacimiento del sistema capitalista. En dos siglos y medio, los conocidos como países “desarrollados” han consumido una gran parte de los energéticos fósiles creados durante cinco millones de siglos. ... Bajo el Capitalismo, la Madre Tierra no existe, en su lugar se posicionan las materias primas. El Capitalismo es una fuente de asimetrías y desequilibrios en el mundo. [1]

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  • Ecology against Mother Nature: Slavoj Žižek on Molecular Red

    How are we to think the anthropocene? Slavoj Zizek, in his review of McKenzie Wark’s Molecular Red below, offers a comment on one of the most pressing questions of our time. For Žižek, Molecular Red provides some answers to the major fallacies of ecological discourse: "If there is one good thing about capitalism it is that under it, Mother Earth no longer exists."

    On November 28, 2008, Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, issued a public letter titled “Climate Change: Save the Planet from Capitalism”. Here are its opening statements:

    Sisters and brothers: Today, our Mother Earth is ill. … Everything began with the industrial revolution in 1750, which gave birth to the capitalist system. In two and a half centuries, the so called “developed” countries have consumed a large part of the fossil fuels created over five million centuries. … Under Capitalism Mother Earth does not exist, instead there are raw materials. Capitalism is the source of the asymmetries and imbalances in the world.[1]

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