‘Markets Without Substance’ by Slavoj Žižek

A recording of a paper by Žižek titled Markets Without Substance delivered at the European Graduate School in 2003.

Žižek gives a systematic account of Jacques Lacan’s Schema of Four Discourses from his 1969-70 seminar L’envers de la psychanalyse (The Other Side of Psychoanalysis, W.W. Norton & Co.: New York, 2006), more specifically the passage in the forms of domination as practiced in modern Capitalist societies from the Discourse of Master to the Discourse of University as exemplified in Lacan’s response to the events of May 1968 in Paris with his reversal of the well-known anti-structuralist grafitti on the walls of saying “Structures do not walk on the streets!” (“Les structures ne défilent pas dans la rue !“).


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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