‘Spiritual Crisis: Iranian Philosophy’ by Slavoj Žižek & Nadia Maftouni

Video recording of a discussion held over the online Zoom platform between Slavoj Žižek at Ljubljana, Slovenia and Nadia Maftouni at University of Tehran, Iran on 17th June 2021 on topics from Shakepeare’s Hamlet to Akira Kurosawa’s The Idiot.


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.

Nadia Maftouni, Ph.D. is aprominent Iranian academic, philosophical author, artist, associate professor at Philosophy and Islamic Wisdom department at University of Tehran, Iran and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School. Her latest publications include Philosophy on Stage: Dramosophy of Hossein Nuri’s Plays, Images of Illumination and Philosophy of Science according to Philosophers of the Islamic Era.

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