‘Why Only an Atheist Can Believe: Politics Between Fear and Trembling’ by Slavoj Žižek

Video and audio recordings of a paper delivered by Slavoj Žižek titled Why Only an Atheist Can Believe: Politics Between Fear and Trembling at Calvin College (now known as Calvin University), in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States on 10th November 2006, about the complex relationship between belief and desire, arguing for the counter-intuitive notion of Christian Atheism.


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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