‘Home as Radical Evil’ by Slavoj Žižek


Video recording of a paper delivered by Žižek as part of a conference for the Architectural Association, School of Architecture in London on 23rd February, 1994.

Žižek gave a talk that examines how modern evil through a multitude of variations on a single motive: Home is Radical Evil. The philosophical category of Home works as a point of political reference and mobilisation, and considers the dangers of overinvestment in this category, both at the level of the city and in terms of fuelling political conflict and Evil as a domestic space and as the articulation of fundamental fantasies of space, memory and identity that is not primarily a property of persons but has to be defined in topological terms. Evil is a certain place, that is, it is home.

Slavoj Žižek is a Philosopher and psychoanalytic social theorist. He is Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana; Professor at the School of Law and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at 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 Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, dialectical-materialist metaphysical interpretations of German Idealism and Marxian critique of ideology. His more than sixty books in English have been widely translated. His latest publications include Pandemic! & Pandemic! 2, Hegel in a Wired Brain, Sex and the Failed Absolute, Like A Thief In Broad DaylightReading MarxIncontinence of the Void, and The Day After the Revolution.

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