‘Less than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism’ Slavoj Žižek & Jonathan Derbyshire in Dialogue

Video and audio recordings of a dialogue between Slavoj Žižek and Jonathan Derbyshire held for the occasion of the publication of Less than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism at the Platform Theatre in Central Saint Martins Granary Square, King’s Cross for the University of the Arts in London, United Kingdom on 12th June 2012.

In Less Than Nothing, the pinnacle publication of a distinguished career, Žižek argues that it is imperative that we not simply return to Hegel but that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his limitations by being even more Hegelian than the master himself. Such an approach not only enables him to diagnose our present condition, but also to engage in a critical dialogue with the key strands of contemporary thought—Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics and cognitive sciences. Modernity will begin and end with Hegel.


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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