Renowned Slovenian philosopher and cultural theoriest, Slavoj Žižek, recently participated in a live webchat on the Guardian website. Guardian readers were asked to submit their questions for the typically rambunctious Žižek, and they ranged from his thoughts on Scottish independence, ISIS and the London riots to...cats.
In the lead up to the release of The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, The Independent and The Guardian have published interviews with the film’s co-creators, Slavoj Žižek and Sophie Fiennes.
Largely improvised, the film exhibits the high octane intellectual energy which characterizes much of Slavoj Žižek’s work. Against the solid identities of conventional academic or philosophical respectability, his ‘habit of self-contradiction’ and ‘impromptu hyper-digressive tours de force’ make his ideas more like ‘protons ricocheting frenetically in the Large Hadron Collider of his brain’ than ‘austere’ philosophical tenets. Jonathan Romney, Žižek’s interviewer, finds joy and humour in this dynamism. For Fiennes herself, Žižek’s verve is near to being sonorous: ‘“you have to engage with it almost like music”’.
This weekend Slavoj Žižek was in Athens with Alexis Tsipras,the president of SYRIZA—the Coalition of the Radical Left—and Costas Douzinas, Philosophy of Law professor of Birbeck, University of London, to discuss European austerity and Greece's pivotal position to elect a government that counters the "madness of market ideology." Expanding on his recent essay in the London Review of Books, Žižek argues that far from being the "irresponsible, lazy, free-spending, tax-dodging" thorn of Europe, the Greeks are the very lifeblood of the Europe to come. "Far from a threat to Europe, you are giving a chance to Europe to break out of its inertia, to find a new way."
If you can read Greek, there is more stuff here, from Red Notebook. Žižek's latest from Verso is Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism.
Today, Big Think hosts their exclusive interview with Slavoj Žižek on the publication of his new book Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. In this 3-minute segment, Žižek discusses some of the key issues that frame his more than 1,000-page mega-book on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who Žižek considers his most important influence.