Russell Sbriglia, Cornel West & Slavoj Žižek: ‘The Future of the Left’

Philosophers Sbriglia, West & Žižek recently held a one hour and a half long online conversation in tribute to the political commentator Michael Brooks, who has passed away in July this year.


Russell Sbriglia is Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Literature Studies, Department of English at Seton Hall University. His teaching and research focus is on American literature of the long nineteenth century (1776-1914) as well as literary and critical theory. He is editor of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to Ask Žižek, Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism, and is currently completing a monograph titled A Gainful Loss: Melville avec Lacan.

Cornel West is  is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual and is author of over 20 books, including the classic Race Matters. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. He is well known for his staunch critique of Barack Obama in public media during Obama’s administration from 2009 to 2017.

Slavoj Žižek is a Hegelian philosopher and psychoanalytic social theorist. He is Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana; Professor at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London; Distinguished Scholar at the Kyung Hee University, Seoul; and Visiting Professor at the German Department, New York University. His field of work comprises psychoanalytic theory, dialectical-materialist interpretations of German Idealism and Marxist critique of ideology. Author of over 50 books in English and many more in other languages, an ongoing project to collect his work is being conducted on this website.

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