Jacques Lacan: Télévision | La Psychanalyse 1 & 2

In “psychanalyse” (better known as “Television” in English speaking countries), a two part documentary, the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan answers to questions submitted by his son-in-law Jacques-Alain Miller under the direction of Benoît Jacquot. In 1973, the film maker Benoît Jacquot approached Jacques Lacan via Jacques-Alain Miller with the idea of making a film on LacanContinue reading “Jacques Lacan: Télévision | La Psychanalyse 1 & 2”

‘¿Alguien dijo crisis del marxismo?: Axel Honneth, Slavoj Žižek y las nuevas teorías críticas de la sociedad’ de Santiago Roggerone

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) ¿Alguien dijo crisis del marxismo? está dividido en dos partes. La primera trata en términos generales sobre la situación actual del marxismo. Y lo hace con una mirada que combina indignación ética, realismo epistemológico, cautela intelectual y radicalismo político. La segunda, más extensa y original, contiene un estudio pormenorizado de la labor intelectual deContinue reading “‘¿Alguien dijo crisis del marxismo?: Axel Honneth, Slavoj Žižek y las nuevas teorías críticas de la sociedad’ de Santiago Roggerone”

‘Chocolate sin grasa’ de Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Lo que estamos presenciando hoy es la mercantilización directa de nuestras experiencias: en el mercado compramos cada vez menos productos (objetos materiales) que queremos poseer, y adquirimos cada vez más experiencias de vida —experiencias de sexo, gastronomía, comunicación, consumo cultural, que forman parte de un estilo de vida—. No compramos productos por su utilidadContinue reading “‘Chocolate sin grasa’ de Slavoj Žižek”

‘Construcción de una nueva normalidad: Notas sobre un Chile pandémico’ de Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Una reflexión marxista y lacaniana sobre la pandemia del Covid19 y los recientes acontecimientos mundiales, con particular énfasis en la escena chilena. El presente libro, más allá de ser un libro como tal, responde a un recurso y herramienta reflexiva que emerge desde la incertidumbre de los tiempos que nos corrompen. El recién terminadoContinue reading “‘Construcción de una nueva normalidad: Notas sobre un Chile pandémico’ de Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo”

‘Is it Still Possible to Be a Hegelian Today?’ by Slavoj Žižek

Paper delivered by Slavoj Žižek at the National Center for Contemporary Arts, European University in St. Petersburg, Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences on 21th August 2012 within the framework of the Summer educational program of the group «Chto delat’?»—What Is to Be Done?—a collective of Russian intellectuals and artists united byContinue reading “‘Is it Still Possible to Be a Hegelian Today?’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘What, if Anything, is an Atom?’ by Mladen Dolar

Paper delivered by Slavoj Žižek at the National Center for Contemporary Arts, European University in St. Petersburg, Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences on 21th. August 2012 within the framework of the Summer educational program of the group «Chto delat’?»—What Is to Be Done?—a collective of Russian intellectuals and artists united byContinue reading “‘What, if Anything, is an Atom?’ by Mladen Dolar”

‘Racial Enjoyments—What the Liberal Left Doesn’t Want to Hear’ by Slavoj Žižek

A recording of a paper delivered by Slavoj Žižek titled Racial Enjoyments—What the Liberal Left Doesn’t Want to Hear delivered at Deutsches Haus and the Department of German at New York University in 2016. Slavoj Žižek is senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and visiting professor at a number of AmericanContinue reading “‘Racial Enjoyments—What the Liberal Left Doesn’t Want to Hear’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘The Sublime Object of Ideology’ by Slavoj Žižek | Unabridged Audiobook

DOWNLOAD(.mp3) Slavoj Žižek’s first book is a provocative and original work looking at the question of human agency in a postmodern world. In a thrilling tour de force that made his name, he explores the ideological fantasies of wholeness and exclusion which make up human society.

‘Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity’ by Judith Butler | Unabridged Audiobook

DOWNLOAD(.mp3) One of the most talked-about scholarly works of the past fifty years, Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble is as celebrated as it is controversial. Arguing that traditional feminism is wrong to look to a natural, ‘essential’ notion of the female, or indeed of sex or gender, Butler starts by questioning the category ‘woman’ and continuesContinue reading “‘Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity’ by Judith Butler | Unabridged Audiobook”

‘Home as Radical Evil’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.mkv) The paper examines how 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. Žižek gave a talk that examines modern evil through a multitude of variationsContinue reading “‘Home as Radical Evil’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity’ by Judith Butler

DOWNLOAD(.epub & .pdf) Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture. This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas that would goContinue reading “‘Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity’ by Judith Butler”

‘The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing’ a Discussion by Slavoj Žižek, Rebecca Comay, and Frank Ruda

A discussion between Slavoj Žižek, Rebecca Comay, and Frank Ruda which revolves around Comay and Ruda’s book The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing (MIT Press, 2018). In The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing, the authors present a reading of Hegel’s most reviled concept, absolute knowing. Their book sets out from a counterintuitive premise:Continue reading “‘The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing’ a Discussion by Slavoj Žižek, Rebecca Comay, and Frank Ruda”

‘Slavoj Žižek: The Reality of the Virtual’ by Ben Wright

DOWNLOAD(.mkv + .pdf booklet) Slavoj Žižek is one of the most distinguished and politically engaged thinkers of our time. In this tour de force filmed lecture, he lucidly and compellingly reflects on belief – which takes him from Father Christmas to democracy – and on the various forms that belief takes, drawing on Lacanian categoriesContinue reading “‘Slavoj Žižek: The Reality of the Virtual’ by Ben Wright”

‘Philosophy and Communism’ by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek

‘Philosophy and Communism’ by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižeka lacanian ink event | lacan.com Introduction by Josefina AyerzaJack Tilton Gallery – Friday 15th October 2010 – New York City Slavoj Žižek is a Hegelian philosopher and psychoanalytic social theorist. He is Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana; Professor at the School of Law, Birkbeck,Continue reading “‘Philosophy and Communism’ by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek”

Hegel hoy: Una filosofía para los tiempos del Otro

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) El presente libro reúne, por primera vez, a grandes filósofos de diferentes latitudes anglosajones, latinoamericanos y europeos para hacer una lectura actual sobre Hegel. La obra se ha estructurado en cuatro partes. En la primera, con los aportes de Robert Pippin, Catherine Malabou y Slavoj Žižek, se muestra el complejo tema históricoContinue reading “Hegel hoy: Una filosofía para los tiempos del Otro”

‘Being without Time: On Beckett’s Play Waiting for Godot’ by Günther Anders

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Günther Anders (1902–92) is undoubtedly one of the most interesting, ignored, oppositional, radical, and nearly forgotten philosophers of the twentieth century. Having grown up in Germany, Anders (whose real name was Stern) and his wife Hannah Arendt had to flee the country in 1933. Via Paris, now divorced, Anders came to the United States,Continue reading “‘Being without Time: On Beckett’s Play Waiting for Godot’ by Günther Anders”

‘Commandments in the Atomic Age’ by Günther Anders

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Günther Anders’s essay “Commandments in the Atomic Age” was first published as “Gebote des Atomzeitalters” in the July 14, 1957 edition of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The original German text can be found at Texte und Thesen. In 1959, Günther Anders’s third wife Charlotte Zelka translated the “Gebote des Atomzeitalters” in English so Anders could send theContinue reading “‘Commandments in the Atomic Age’ by Günther Anders”

‘Prometheanism: Technology, Digital Culture and Human Obsolescence’ by Christopher John Müller

DOWNLOAD(.epub & .pdf) Although Günther Anders (1902-1992) is considered one of the most important philosophers of technology and although he spent many years exiled in the US, he received scant attention within the English-speaking world itself. Christopher John Müller’s comprehensive and sophisticated presentation and his nuanced translation of Anders’ crucial writing “On Promethean Shame” shouldContinue reading “‘Prometheanism: Technology, Digital Culture and Human Obsolescence’ by Christopher John Müller”

‘Thinking the Human’ by Slavoj Žižek

Paper delivered as a part of the Thinking the Human — a two-week intensive course that took place from 6th to 17th May 2019 at Ridell Hall, Department of Religion and Culture Spring Institute (led by Dr. Jane Barter) at the University of Winnipeg as part of Spring Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice andContinue reading “‘Thinking the Human’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘On Samuel Beckett’s Art of Abstraction’ by Slavoj Žižek

The “empty” Cartesian subject is an abstraction: it emerges as the result of the process of abstraction, of self-withdrawal from its real-life context. This is why the “materialist” demands to localize a subject into the texture of its “concrete” historical situation misses the key point: what disappears if we do this is the subject itself.Continue reading “‘On Samuel Beckett’s Art of Abstraction’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘On Agatha Christie and the Dawn of a Post-Capitalist Era’ by Slavoj Žižek

Agatha Christie’s 80th book, Passenger to Frankfurt—published in 1970 with the subtitle “an extravaganza,” one of the few of her works with no movie or TV adaptation—is a novel that “slides from the unlikely to the inconceivable and finally lands up in incomprehensible muddle. Prizes should be offered to readers who can explain the ending. ItContinue reading “‘On Agatha Christie and the Dawn of a Post-Capitalist Era’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Personal Liberty and Collective Equality’ by Alain Badiou & Cornel West

Synopsis Badiou begins with a sketch of his concept of the “Event” which ruptures the existing “Situation” and results in a new situation wherein elements in the pre-evental “State” which were not experienced as related become involved in a relationship in the novel state following the event. The theme of his talk is proposed asContinue reading “‘Personal Liberty and Collective Equality’ by Alain Badiou & Cornel West”

‘The Ignorance of the Chicken’ by Slavoj Žižek & Cornel West

The Princeton University Department of African American Studies is African American Studies for the 21st Century. Considered among the best academic units in the United States examining the crucial role that race plays in America. Cornel West is  is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual and is author of over 20Continue reading “‘The Ignorance of the Chicken’ by Slavoj Žižek & Cornel West”

‘Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump’ by Edward-Isaac Dovere

DOWNLOAD An award-winning political journalist for The Atlantic tells the inside story of how the embattled Democratic party, seeking a direction for its future during the Trump years, successfully regained the White House. The 2020 presidential campaign was a defining moment for America. As Donald Trump and his nativist populism cowed the Republican Party intoContinue reading “‘Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump’ by Edward-Isaac Dovere”

‘The Specter Is Still Roaming Around!’ by Slavoj Žižek

The first, automatic reaction of today’s enlightened liberal reader to The Communist Manifesto is: Is the text not simply wrong on many empirical accounts, with regard to the picture it gives of the social situation, as well as with regard to the revolutionary perspective it sustains and propagates? Was there ever a political manifesto that was more clearlyContinue reading “‘The Specter Is Still Roaming Around!’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘What Does it Mean to Be a Revolutionary Today?’ by Slavoj Žižek

LONDON, 2009—Over a thousand people filled Friends House in central London for a packed opening rally of the Marxism 2009 festival. Over the next five days the festival will host more than 200 political discussions along with music, theatre and art shows. Thousands of people from around the world will attend. The event took placeContinue reading “‘What Does it Mean to Be a Revolutionary Today?’ by Slavoj Žižek”

Karl Marx in Friedrich Engels: ‘Komunistični manifest’

DOWNLOAD Komunistični manifest, znan tudi kot Manifest komunistične stranke, je bil objavljen 21. februarja 1848. Velja za najbolj znano, najbolj ponatiskovano in najvplivnejše politično besedilo vseh časov. Po naročilu Zveze komunistov sta ga napisala ustanovitelja in teoretika komunizma, Karl Marx in Friedrich Engels. Komunistični manifest je prvič izšel v Londonu leta 1848 (v nemščini), izdala pa ga je skupina nemških političnihContinue reading “Karl Marx in Friedrich Engels: ‘Komunistični manifest’”

Slavoj Žižek presents ‘On Practice and Contradiction’ by Mao Zedong

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) These early philosophical writings underpinned the Chinese revolutions, and Mao’s clarion call to insurrection has lost none of its ability to stir the blood and stimulate the mind. Drawing on a dizzying array of references from contemporary culture and politics, Slavoj Žižek’s introduction reaches unsettling conclusions about the place of Mao’s thought inContinue reading “Slavoj Žižek presents ‘On Practice and Contradiction’ by Mao Zedong”

‘The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) No other Marxist text has come close to achieving the fame and influence of The Communist Manifesto. Translated into over 100 languages, this clarion call to the workers of the world radically shaped the events of the twentieth century. But what relevance does it have for us today? In this slim book Slavoj ŽižekContinue reading “‘The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Heaven in Disorder’ by Slavoj Žižek

PREORDER (15% off) “THERE IS GREAT DISORDER UNDER HEAVEN, THE SITUATION IS EXCELLENT.” —Mao Zedong “One of the most innovative and exciting contemporary thinkers of the left.” —Times Literary Supplement “The thinker of choice for Europe’s young intellectual vanguard.” —Observer “Never ceases to dazzle.” —Daily Telegraph “Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism betterContinue reading “‘Heaven in Disorder’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘The Ister’ (2004) by David Barison & Daniel Ross

DOWNLOAD(2x .mkv) The Ister is a 3000km journey to the heart of Europe, from the mouth of the Danube river at the Black Sea, to its source in the German Black Forest. The film is based on the work of the most influential and controversial philosopher of the 20th century, Martin Heidegger, who swore allegianceContinue reading “‘The Ister’ (2004) by David Barison & Daniel Ross”

‘Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: Centenary Edition’ by Ludwig Wittgenstein

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This renewed edition of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, exactly a century after Wittgenstein’s release, presents the text in a hierarchical manner, “which is the way in which the book was composed and in which Wittgenstein arranged (selected and supplemented) the best of the philosophical remarks that he had been writing since 1913” (Peter Hacker). That tree-likeContinue reading “‘Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: Centenary Edition’ by Ludwig Wittgenstein”

A Autobiografia do Pensamento: A Ciência da Lógica de Hegel / The Autobiography of Thought: Hegel’s Science of Logic

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Se a Ciência da Lógica deve ser lida como o lugar de uma inigualável exposição crítica das categorias da metafísica ocidental desde Parmênides, como um discurso ontológico do ser sobre si mesmo na sua totalidade, imanente ao mundo natural e ao mundo histórico, então a decisão do título do Colóquio (A Autobiografia do Pensamento)Continue reading “A Autobiografia do Pensamento: A Ciência da Lógica de Hegel / The Autobiography of Thought: Hegel’s Science of Logic”

‘Das Denken der Freiheit: Hegels Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts’ von Klaus Vieweg

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Ein großer Mann verdammt die Menschen dazu, ihn zu explizieren. G. W. F. Hegel Hegels Rechtsphilosophie gehört keineswegs auf den »Friedhof der vergessenen Bücher«, sondern liefert einen der entscheidenden Beiträge zum Verständnis der heutigen Zeit, den theoretisch gehaltvollsten Entwurf einer Philosophie des freien Handelns. Das Denken der Freiheit gibt die erste umfassende Interpretation desContinue reading “‘Das Denken der Freiheit: Hegels Grundlinien der Philosophie des Rechts’ von Klaus Vieweg”

‘The Idealism of Freedom: For a Hegelian Turn in Philosophy’ by Klaus Vieweg

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) In The Idealism of Freedom, Klaus Vieweg argues for a Hegelian turn in philosophy. Hegel’s idealism of freedom contains a number of epoch-making ideas that articulate a new understanding of freedom, which still shape contemporary philosophy. Hegel establishes a modern logic, as well as the idea of a social state. With his distinction between civilContinue reading “‘The Idealism of Freedom: For a Hegelian Turn in Philosophy’ by Klaus Vieweg”

‘Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature’ by Jean-Michel Rabaté

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The French theorist Lacan has always been called a ‘literary’ theoretician. Here is, for the first time, a complete study of his literary analyses and examples, with an account of the importance of literature in the building of his highly original system of thought. Rabate offers a systematic genealogy of Lacan’s theory of literature,Continue reading “‘Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature’ by Jean-Michel Rabaté”

Karl Marx: Philosoph der Befreiung oder Theoretiker des Kapitals – zur Kritik der „neuen Marx-Lektüre“ von Karl Reitter

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Der Ausdruck „neue Marx-Lektüre“ wird von ihren ProtagonistInnen als positive Selbstbezeichnung verwendet. Vorgeblich soll es sich dabei um jene Marx-Rezeption handeln, die vorhergehende Irrtümer und Unzulänglichkeiten überwindet und den heutigen Standard einer niveauvollen Beschäftigung mit Marx darstellt. Im vorliegenden Band wird dieser Anspruch methodisch und inhaltlich in Frage gestellt. Der Klassengegensatz wird in derContinue reading “Karl Marx: Philosoph der Befreiung oder Theoretiker des Kapitals – zur Kritik der „neuen Marx-Lektüre“ von Karl Reitter”

‘A Crack In Everything: On Paradox’ by Slavoj Žižek, Sophie Allen & Hilary Lawson

Live from Ljubljana, philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek joins Oxford metaphysician Sophie Allen and post-realist philosopher and author of Reflexivity: the postmodern predicament Hilary Lawson to ask why paradox just won’t go away. Once we assumed that reason and rationality would gradually uncover the truth. But from quantum mechanics to set theory, positivism toContinue reading “‘A Crack In Everything: On Paradox’ by Slavoj Žižek, Sophie Allen & Hilary Lawson”

‘Philosophy for Cynical Times’ An interview with Slavoj Žižek

From how to emancipate ourselves from ideology, to why liberals should be involved in anti-capitalist work, Žižek explains how to navigate the most intensely political moment of our lifetimes. Slavoj Žižek is a globally renowned philosopher and cultural critic. He is the author of The Sublime Object of Ideology and is the International Director ofContinue reading “‘Philosophy for Cynical Times’ An interview with Slavoj Žižek”

‘Return of the Living Dead’ by Slavoj Žižek

Let us begin with Antigone who, according to Lacan, irradiates a sublime beauty from the very moment she enters the domain between two deaths, between her symbolic and her actual death. What characterizes her innermost posture is precisely her insistence on a certain unconditional demand on which she is not prepared to give way: a properContinue reading “‘Return of the Living Dead’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Hegel with Neuralink: Will our Immersion into Singularity Save Us from the Fall?’ by Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek (b. 1949) is a Slovene-born philosopher. He is professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS, a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and founder andContinue reading “‘Hegel with Neuralink: Will our Immersion into Singularity Save Us from the Fall?’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘What’s Coming Next’: A Discussion between Slavoj Žižek, M.I.A., Srećko Horvat & Julian Assange

Back in 2017, the world-known hip-hop artist M.I.A. curated the Meltdown Festival and sat down with the Slovene philosopher Slavoj Žižek, the young Croatian philosopher Srećko Horvat, and her controversial friend Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks—who joined the conversation via live satellite link-up from his hideout at the Ecuadorian embassy in London (at the time,Continue reading “‘What’s Coming Next’: A Discussion between Slavoj Žižek, M.I.A., Srećko Horvat & Julian Assange”

‘An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination’ by Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang

DOWNLOAD(.epub) “The ultimate takedown.” – New York Times Book Review Award-winning New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang unveil the tech story of our times in a riveting, behind-the-scenes exposé that offers the definitive account of Facebook’s fall from grace. Frenkel and Kang take readers inside the complex court politics, alliances and rivalries withinContinue reading “‘An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination’ by Sheera Frenkel & Cecilia Kang”

‘Subjects in the Ancient and Modern World: On Hegel’s Theory of Subjectivity’ by Allegra de Laurentiis

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Being a subject and being conscious of being one are different realities. According to Hegel, the difference is not only conceptual, but also influences people’s experience of the world and of one another. This book aims to explain some basic aspects of Hegel’s conception of subjectivity with particular regard to the difference he sawContinue reading “‘Subjects in the Ancient and Modern World: On Hegel’s Theory of Subjectivity’ by Allegra de Laurentiis”

‘Hegel’s Anthropology: Life, Psyche, and Second Nature’ by Allegra de Laurentiis

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This book provides a critical analysis of Hegel’s Anthropology, a long-neglected treatise dedicated to the psyche, or “soul,” that bridges Hegel’s philosophy of organic nature with his philosophy of subjective spirit. Allegra de Laurentiis recuperates this overlooked text, guiding readers through its   essential arguments and ideas. She shows how Hegel conceives of the “sublation” of naturalContinue reading “‘Hegel’s Anthropology: Life, Psyche, and Second Nature’ by Allegra de Laurentiis”

‘Marxism and Modernism: An Historical Study of Lukács, Brecht, Benjamin, and Adorno’ by Eugene Lunn

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) “At a time when modernism and Marxism are both under attack as outmoded, Eugene Lunn’s rich and detailed study of the years of their most creative interaction reminds us of the still potent energies unleashed by each. We could ask for no more reliable and judicious guide through the complicated debates generated by theContinue reading “‘Marxism and Modernism: An Historical Study of Lukács, Brecht, Benjamin, and Adorno’ by Eugene Lunn”

‘The Philosophical Stage: Drama and Dialectic in Classical Athens’ by Joshua Billings

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The Philosophical Stage offers an innovative approach to ancient Greek literature and thought that places drama at the heart of intellectual history. Drawing on evidence from tragedy and comedy, Joshua Billings shines new light on the development of early Greek philosophy, arguing that drama is our best source for understanding the intellectual culture of classicalContinue reading “‘The Philosophical Stage: Drama and Dialectic in Classical Athens’ by Joshua Billings”

‘The Shock of the Same: An Anti-Philosophy of Clichés’ by Tom Grimwood

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Since the birth of modernity, Western thought has been at war with clichés. The association of philosophical and cultural integrity with originality, and the corresponding need for invention and novelty, has been a distinct concern of a whole spectrum of ideas and movements, from Nietzsche’s polemics against the ‘herd’, the ‘shock of the new’Continue reading “‘The Shock of the Same: An Anti-Philosophy of Clichés’ by Tom Grimwood”

‘Acts of Literature’ by Jacques Derrida

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Jacques Derrida (1930—2004) was one of the most influential figures in literary theory in the English-speaking world, yet much of his writing on literary texts and on the question of literature is not easily available in translation. Acts of Literature brings together for the first time a number of these works—on French, German,Continue reading “‘Acts of Literature’ by Jacques Derrida”

‘Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis’ by Jonathan Lear

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) In this brilliant book, Jonathan Lear argues that Freud posits love as a basic force in nature, one that makes individuation―the condition for psychological health and development―possible. Love is active not just in the development of the individual but also in individual analysis and indeed in the development of psychoanalysis itself, says Lear. ExpandingContinue reading “‘Love and Its Place in Nature: A Philosophical Interpretation of Freudian Psychoanalysis’ by Jonathan Lear”

‘The Guillotine and the Terror’ by Daniel Arasse

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) ‘The guillotine is the ultimate expression of Law, and its flame is vengeance; it is not neutral, nor does it allow us to remain neutral. He who sees it shudders with an inexplicable dismay. All social questions achieve their finality around that blade. The scaffold is an image. It is not merely a lifelessContinue reading “‘The Guillotine and the Terror’ by Daniel Arasse”

‘Take a Closer Look’ by Daniel Arasse

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) What happens when we look at a painting? What do we think about? What do we imagine? How can we explain, even to ourselves, what we see or think we see? And how can art historians interpret with any seriousness what they observe? In six engaging, short narrative “fictions,” each richly illustratedContinue reading “‘Take a Closer Look’ by Daniel Arasse”

‘The Return and Other Stories’ by Andrey Platonov

DOWNLOAD(.epub) “Reading Platonov, one gets a sense of the relentless, implacable absurdity built into the language and with each…utterance, that absurdity deepens” —Joseph Brodsky People are on the move in all ten stories in this collection, coming home as in “The Return“, leaving home as in “Rubbish Wind“, travelling far away from their country asContinue reading “‘The Return and Other Stories’ by Andrey Platonov”

‘Soul and Other Stories’ by Andrey Platonov

DOWNLOAD(.epub) ‘For the mind, everything is in the future’ Platonov once wrote; ‘for the heart, everything is in the past’. The protagonist of Soul is a young man torn between these opposing desires, sent as a kind of missionary to bring the values of modern Russia to his childhood home town in Central Asia. InContinue reading “‘Soul and Other Stories’ by Andrey Platonov”

‘The Foundation Pit’ by Andrey Platonov

DOWNLOAD(2x .pdf & 1x .epub) Platonov’s dystopian novel describes the lives of a group of Soviet workers who believe they are laying the foundations for a radiant future. As they work harder and dig deeper, their optimism turns to violence and it becomes clear that what is being dug is not a foundation pit butContinue reading “‘The Foundation Pit’ by Andrey Platonov”

‘Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory’ by Herbert Marcuse

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory is the philosopher Herbert Marcuse’s first major work in English – a masterful interpretation of Hegel’s philosophy and the influence it has had on European political thought from the French Revolution to the present day. Reason & Revolution, written in 1941, was theContinue reading “‘Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory’ by Herbert Marcuse”

‘Studies in Critical Philosophy’ by Herbert Marcuse

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This collection of essays first appeared as ‘Neue Quellen zur Grundlegung des Historischen Materialismus’ in Die Gesellschaft (Berlin) in 1932, as a review of Marx’s newly published Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844. Table of Contents Translator’s Note1. The Foundation of Historical Materialism (1932)2. A Study on Authority (1936)IntroductionI. Luther and CalvinII. KantIII. HegelIV.Continue reading “‘Studies in Critical Philosophy’ by Herbert Marcuse”

‘Parallax: The Dialectics of Mind and World’ edited by Dominik Finkelde, Slavoj Žižek & Christoph Menke

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Parallax, or the change in the position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight and more precisely, the assumption that this adjustment is not only due to a change of focus, but a change in that object’s ontological status has been a key philosophical concept throughout history. Building upon Slavoj Žižek’s TheContinue reading “‘Parallax: The Dialectics of Mind and World’ edited by Dominik Finkelde, Slavoj Žižek & Christoph Menke”

‘Interview with Slavoj Žižek’ at ‘On Contact: Pandemic! with Chris Hedges’, RT America

Chris Hedges discuss the social, political, cultural economic ramifications of the pandemic with the philosopher Slavoj Žižek. “Driven by the demand to persevere and not to fail, as well as by the ambition of efficiency, we become committers and sacrificers at the same time and enter a swirl of demarcation, self-exploitation and collapse. When productionContinue reading “‘Interview with Slavoj Žižek’ at ‘On Contact: Pandemic! with Chris Hedges’, RT America”

We Have to Talk About the Protests in Colombia

After we’ve posted an online copy of the recent Open Letter to the Public About the Situation in Colombia here on theoryreader.org, a letter that was signed among many other international public intellectuals by Žižek himself, we (Simon Gros & Daniel Mesa) have decided to produce a cooperative longer political research paper on the topicContinue reading “We Have to Talk About the Protests in Colombia”

‘Event: A Philosophical Journey Through A Concept’ by Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is the author of dozens of books and articles and the subject of a score of interviews and documentaries, considered to be a leading public intellectual of the 21st century, and a towering figure in Marxist ideology critique, Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, and Hegelian philosophy. Adopting a radical style in his newspaper op-eds andContinue reading “‘Event: A Philosophical Journey Through A Concept’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Reality as Materialized Ideology’ by Slavoj Žižek

A very recent paper delivered for the occasion of 10th anniversary edition of the DigitalFUTURES hosted by Tongji University, Shanghai. The presentation mostly includes various points developed by Žižek which should already be well known to the followers of his work done throughout the past decade, and mainly focuses on the specific Hegelian dialectical ideaContinue reading “‘Reality as Materialized Ideology’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left’ by Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau & Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) What is the contemporary legacy of Gramsci’s notion of Hegemony? How can universality be reformulated now that its spurious versions have been so thoroughly criticized? In this unusual, but ground-breaking project, Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and Slavoj Žižek engaged in a dialogue on central questions of contemporary philosophy and politics. Their essays, organized asContinue reading “‘Contingency, Hegemony, Universality: Contemporary Dialogues on the Left’ by Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau & Slavoj Žižek”

‘New Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time’ by Ernesto Laclau

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) New Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time continues the innovative exploration of major issues concerning democracy and socialism which was staked out in Hegemony and Socialist Strategy. Examining the meanings of social struggle in the context of late capitalism, Laclau situates the re-making of political identities within a framework of democratic revolution. The critical methodContinue reading “‘New Reflections on the Revolution of Our Time’ by Ernesto Laclau”

Open Letter to the Public About the Situation in Colombia

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) COLOMBIA—June 21, 2021 Academics and intellectuals from several countries express our rejection and condemnation of the ongoing violations of human rights in Colombia in the context of the 2021 National Strike and its massive protests. Since April 28th, different social sectors of the Colombian population took to the streets to demonstrate against a TaxContinue reading “Open Letter to the Public About the Situation in Colombia”

‘Rage, Rebellion, New Power’ by Slavoj Žižek

Das Verhältnis von Wut, Rebellion und neuer Macht bildet eine Art dialektische Triade des revolutionären Prozesses. Am Anfang stehen die mehr oder weniger chaotischen Ausbrüche von Wut, die Unzufriedenheit der Menschen, die sie mehr oder weniger gewaltsam demonstrieren, unorganisiert allerdings und ohne ein klares Ziel. Organisiert sich dieses Wutpotential so entsteht daraus, mit einem MinimumContinue reading “‘Rage, Rebellion, New Power’ by Slavoj Žižek”

Alain Badiou par Alain Badiou

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Né d’une rencontre avec une classe de lycéens belges, ce livre incarne l’accomplissement d’un défi : celui qui consiste, pour un philosophe célèbre pour l’ambition et la richesse de son travail, à en proposer une introduction qui n’en perde pourtant jamais la pointe. C’est ce défi qu’a relevé Alain Badiou dans ce petit livre, mêlantContinue reading “Alain Badiou par Alain Badiou”

‘Hegel & Freud: Les intermittences du sens’ par Claire Pagès

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Quoi de commun entre une philosophie idéaliste qui fait de l’inconscience un moment de la conscience, qui est une philosophie de la liberté, un travail de synthèse, qui exhibe les déterminations universelles de l’action des hommes, d’une part, et, d’autre part, une théorie psychanalytique, matérialiste et assez déterministe, qui pose l’existence d’un inconscient enContinue reading “‘Hegel & Freud: Les intermittences du sens’ par Claire Pagès”

Slavoj Žižek: What Assange started is the greatest challenge to everything that is false with Western notions of freedom

The cities of New York and London have seen hundreds gathered to celebrate Julian Assange’s 50th birthday, as the WikiLeaks founder marks yet another one behind bars, spending the last three years in a UK maximum-security prison.

‘The Last Days of Sylvia Plath’ by Carl Rollyson

DOWNLOAD(.epub) In her last days, Sylvia Plath struggled to break out from the control of the towering figure of her husband Ted Hughes. In the antique mythology of his retinue, she had become the gorgon threatening to bring down the House of Hughes. Drawing on recently available court records, archives, and interviews, and reevaluating theContinue reading “‘The Last Days of Sylvia Plath’ by Carl Rollyson”

‘Das Problem des Absoluten in der Philosophie Hegels’ von Rafael Aragüés

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Rafael Aragüés dringt mit diesem Buch in den Kern des Hegelschen Idealismus ein. Dabei eröffnet seine Auslegung frische Perspektiven. Denn nicht das All-Eine, sondern Vernunft und Freiheit sind das große Thema der Philosophie Hegels. Ein Buch, das den Hegel-Kenner nicht unberührt lassen wird.Die Mehrheit der aktuellen Hegel-Forschung versteht die Hegelsche Philosophie als eine PhilosophieContinue reading “‘Das Problem des Absoluten in der Philosophie Hegels’ von Rafael Aragüés”

‘Introducción a la Lógica de Hegel’ por Rafael Aragüés

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) La Ciencia de la lógica es un auténtico hito de la historia del pensamiento occidental. Con esta obra, G.W.F Hegel funda una lógica que va más allá de la convencional, que se adentra en las entrañas del pensar. Así concebida, la Lógica se convierte en una novedosa metafísica: pone las bases deContinue reading “‘Introducción a la Lógica de Hegel’ por Rafael Aragüés”

‘Francis Bacon: Revelations’ by Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan

DOWNLOAD(.epub) A book decade in the making, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan: the first comprehensive look at the life and art of Francis Bacon, one of the iconic painters of the twentieth century. Bacon concealed many important aspects of his life. He described himself as an asthmatic child in IrelandContinue reading “‘Francis Bacon: Revelations’ by Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan”

‘Hegels Logik’ von Klaus Hartmann

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Dieses Buch ist in kritischer Abgrenzung zu anderen Bemühungen um Hegels System der bislang entschiedenste Versuch, diese Philosophie als eine ontologische Option aus nicht-metaphysischer Sicht zu interpretieren. Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik wird gedeutet als dialektische Entwicklung jener Kategorien des Denkens, die zugleich Seinskategorien sind. Der Autor versteht die Hegelsche Logik als eine Theorie, dieContinue reading “‘Hegels Logik’ von Klaus Hartmann”

‘Kommentar zu Hegels ‘Logik’ in seiner ‘Enzyklopädie’ von 1830’ von Bernhard Lakebrink

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Im Jahre 1929 schrieb Theodor Haering den Satz: „Es ist ein öffentliches Geheimnis, daß fast alle bisherigen Darstellungen Hegels oder Einführungen in ihn den Leser, der sich daraufhin an die Lektüre Hegels selbst machen will, gänzlich im Stiche lassen; ja, daß von diesen Darstellern Hegels wohl wenige im Stande wären, eine Seite der HegelschenContinue reading “‘Kommentar zu Hegels ‘Logik’ in seiner ‘Enzyklopädie’ von 1830’ von Bernhard Lakebrink”

‘Philosophy & Modernism’ by Bloomsbury Academic | 11 Volume Collection

The aim of each volume in Understanding Philosophy, Understanding Modernism is to understand a philosophical thinker more fully through literary and cultural modernism and consequently to understand literary modernism better through a key philosophical figure. In this way, the series also rethinks the limits of modernism, calling attention to lacunae in modernist studies and sometimes in theContinue reading “‘Philosophy & Modernism’ by Bloomsbury Academic | 11 Volume Collection”

Henri Bergson: Key Writings

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The twentieth century – with its unprecedented advances in technology and scientific understanding – saw the birth of a distinctively new and ‘modern’ age. Henri Bergson stood as one of the most important philosophical voices of that tumultuous time. An intellectual celebrity in his own life time, his work was widely discussed by suchContinue reading “Henri Bergson: Key Writings”

Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Bergson was a pre-eminent European philosopher of the early twentieth century and his work covers all major branches of philosophy. This volume of essays is the first collection in twenty years in English to address the whole of Bergson’s philosophy, including his metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of life, aesthetics, ethics, social andContinue reading “Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays”

‘Bergson’ by Mark Sinclair

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Henri Bergson (1859-1941) was one of the most celebrated and influential philosophers of the twentieth century. He was awarded in 1928 the Nobel prize for literature for his philosophical work, and his controversial ideas about time, memory and life shaped generations of thinkers, writers and artists. In this clear and engaging introduction, Mark SinclairContinue reading “‘Bergson’ by Mark Sinclair”

‘Faith and Reason in Continental and Japanese Philosophy’ by Takeshi Morisato

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Faith and Reason provides a clear presentation of contemporary comparative philosophy solutions to the problems in philosophy of religion and brings into dialogue the Japanese philosopher Tanabe Hajime of the Kyoto School with his metanoetics, and the Irish philosopher William Desmond’s metaxology, both major figures within their respective traditions, yet rarely discussed in tandem.Continue reading “‘Faith and Reason in Continental and Japanese Philosophy’ by Takeshi Morisato”

‘Perplexity and Ultimacy: Metaphysical Thoughts from the Middle’ by William Desmond

DOWNLOAD(low quality .pdf) Desmond explores perplexity regarding ultimacy—the metaphysical perplexity that precedes and exceeds scientific and commonsense curiosity. Desmond writes about the metaphysical perplexity that cannot be identified with scientific or commonsense curiosity. This perplexity is in another dimension of thought, asking questions about what precedes and exceeds the determinate intelligibilities of science and commonContinue reading “‘Perplexity and Ultimacy: Metaphysical Thoughts from the Middle’ by William Desmond”

‘German Idealism and the Problem of Knowledge: Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel’ by Nectarios G. Limnatis

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The problem of knowledge in German Idealism has drawn increasing attention in recent years. This is the first attempt at a systematic critique that covers all four major figures, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. In examining the evolution of the German idealist discussion with respect to a broad array of concepts (epistemology, metaphysics, logic,Continue reading “‘German Idealism and the Problem of Knowledge: Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel’ by Nectarios G. Limnatis”

Philosophy and Religion in German Idealism

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This book contains the selected proceedings of a conference on Religion in German Idealism which took place in Nijmegen, Netherlands in January 2000. The conference was organized by the Centre of German Idealism, which co-ordinates the research on classical German philosophy in the Netherlands and in Belgium, with the support of the Dutch OrganisationContinue reading “Philosophy and Religion in German Idealism”

‘Not Saved: Essays After Heidegger’ by Peter Sloterdijk

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) In order to situate Heidegger’s thought in the history of ideas and problems, Peter Sloterdijk approaches Heidegger’s work with questions such as: If Western philosophy emerged from the spirit of the polis, what are we to make of the philosophical suitability of a man who never made a secret of his stubbornContinue reading “‘Not Saved: Essays After Heidegger’ by Peter Sloterdijk”

Religion und Religionen im Deutschen Idealismus

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Schleiermacher, Hegel und Schelling zahlen zu den Klassikern der modernen Religionsphilosophie – einer Disziplin, an deren Grundung sie massgeblich beteiligt waren. In ihren religionsphilosophischen Werken entwickeln sie nicht nur eine allgemeine Theorie der Religion uberhaupt und eine besondere Theorie der christlichen Religion, sondern widmen sich auch und gerade der historischen Vielfalt der Religionen. DieContinue reading “Religion und Religionen im Deutschen Idealismus”

‘Hegel und die Religion’ von Nadine Mooren

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Vom Linkshegelianismus bis zur Kritischen Theorie ist auf eine Unstimmigkeit im Verhältnis zu Religion und Theologie hingewiesen worden, die der spekulativen Philosophie Hegels aufgrund ihres idealistischen Totalitätsanspruchs eigen sei. Hegels Philosophie stehe zwar für die Säkularisation theologischer Transzendenz, dennoch könne er sein philosophisches System nur unter Zuhilfenahme theologischer Kategorien formulieren, die doch eigentlich überwundenContinue reading “‘Hegel und die Religion’ von Nadine Mooren”

‘Reason in Religion: The Foundations of Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion’ by Walter Jaeschke

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Unique in both scope and critical perspective, Reason in Religion traces the evolution of a distinctive branch of Hegel’s philosophy. Walter Jaeschke takes account of a sweeping oeuvre, from the early theological writings to the Berlin Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, the latter reconstructed as Hegel presented them, permitting a detailed study of the development and changesContinue reading “‘Reason in Religion: The Foundations of Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion’ by Walter Jaeschke”

‘Hegel’s Philosophy of Religion’ by Bernard M. G. Reardon

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) A guide to Hegel’s philosophy of religion for the student who has minimal knowledge of Hegel’s system. The text begins with a clear summary of Hegel’s position in the early theological writings and provides a synopsis and context to his later Berlin lecture courses on the philosophy of religion.

‘Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion: One-Volume Edition of the Lectures of 1827’ by Georg W. F. Hegel

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) From the beginning of his academic career at the University of Jena in 1801, Hegel lectured frequently on a broad range of topics—philosophical encyclopedia, logic and metaphysics, the philosophies of nature, art, and world history, anthropology and psychology, natural law and political science, philosophy of history and the history of philosophy. But it wasContinue reading “‘Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion: One-Volume Edition of the Lectures of 1827’ by Georg W. F. Hegel”

‘The Berlin Phenomenology’ by Georg W. F. Hegel

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Selected parts of the three volume edition of Hegel’s Philosophy of Subjective Spirit edited by M. J. Petry published here as a separate work. The ‘Berlin Phenomenology’ should be a reliable basic text and an accurate translation which has several important advantages. The introduction and notes prepared for the present edition should prove helpfulContinue reading “‘The Berlin Phenomenology’ by Georg W. F. Hegel”

‘Philosophy of Subjective Spirit’ by Georg W. F. Hegel | Volume Three: Phenomenology and Psychology

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The third volume of the English-German bilingual parallel text edition of the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit / Philosophie des subjektiven Geistes by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Phenomenology and Psychology are the second and third division within Philosophy of Subjective Spirit. The Philosophy of Subjective Spirit is the first section of the third part ofContinue reading “‘Philosophy of Subjective Spirit’ by Georg W. F. Hegel | Volume Three: Phenomenology and Psychology”

‘Philosophy of Subjective Spirit’ by Georg W. F. Hegel | Volume Two: Anthropology

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The second volume of the English-German bilingual parallel text edition of the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit / Philosophie des subjektiven Geistes by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Anthropology is the first division of the Philosophy of Subjective Spirit, it’s beginning and entry point. The Philosophy of Subjective Spirit is the first section of the thirdContinue reading “‘Philosophy of Subjective Spirit’ by Georg W. F. Hegel | Volume Two: Anthropology”