Hegel’s 250th Anniversary: ‘Too late?’ | International Philosophical Conference in Ljubljana, September 7th – 9th, 2020

At the beginning of September 2020, the Ljubljana Hegelians associated with the Aufhebung society made a very risky move and in midst of total lockdown of public space in Slovenia still somehow managed to pull off an international scholarly conference for the 250th anniversary of Hegel’s birth. This is a collection of video recordings fromContinue reading “Hegel’s 250th Anniversary: ‘Too late?’ | International Philosophical Conference in Ljubljana, September 7th – 9th, 2020”

‘The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India’ by Christophe Jaffrelot

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) A detailed account of the Hindu nationalist movement in India since the 1920s arguing that political uneasiness, created by real and imagined threats of colonialism and the presence of minority groups, paved the way for militant Hinduism on the Indian subcontinent. Although the peaceful, inward-looking doctrine of the Hindu religion hardly seems to lendContinue reading “‘The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India’ by Christophe Jaffrelot”

‘Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1’ by Karl Marx

DOWNLOAD(.epub & .pdf) One of the most notorious and influential works of modern times, Capital is an incisive critique of private property and the social relations it generates. Living in exile in England, where this work was largely written, Marx drew on a wide-ranging knowledge of its society to support his analysis. Arguing that capitalism would causeContinue reading “‘Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, Vol. 1’ by Karl Marx”

‘The Slovene Re-Actualization of Hegel’s Philosophy’ | Edited by Jure Simoniti

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) An issue of the open-source Serbian journal, Philosophy & Society from 2015. From the introduction: “. . .the theoretical aspiration of the Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis is to make use of Hegel’s philosophy in order to rigorously re-examine not only the Hegelian concepts of teleology, absolute knowledge, providence, cunning of reason, or absolute religion,Continue reading “‘The Slovene Re-Actualization of Hegel’s Philosophy’ | Edited by Jure Simoniti”

Crisis and Critique: Hegel(‘s) Today

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) “According to Marx’s famous saying, “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Displacing this well-known quip, if only a bit, one might ask: Does this also hold for world-historic personages and factsContinue reading “Crisis and Critique: Hegel(‘s) Today”

Inventions of the Imagination: Romanticism and Beyond

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The dialectic between reason and imagination forms a key element in Romantic and post- Romantic philosophy, science, literature, and art. Inventions of the Imagination explores the diverse theories and assessments of this dialectic in essays by philosophers and literary and cultural critics. By the end of the eighteenth century, reason as the predominant humanContinue reading “Inventions of the Imagination: Romanticism and Beyond”

‘Hegel: Der Philosoph der Freiheit’ von Klaus Vieweg

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Jedes Jahr am 14. Juli soll Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ein Glas Champagner auf den Beginn der Französischen Revolution getrunken haben. Diese Revolution war das sein Leben und Denken prägende Ereignis. Das Grundmotiv der Freiheit durchzieht den gesamten Denk- und Lebensweg des bedeutendsten Philosophen des 19. Jahrhunderts. Zu Hegels 250. Geburtstag erscheint die ersteContinue reading “‘Hegel: Der Philosoph der Freiheit’ von Klaus Vieweg”

‘Heidegger and the Jews: The Black Notebooks‘ by Donatella Di Cesare

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Philosophers have long struggled to reconcile Martin Heidegger’s involvement in Nazism with his status as one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. The recent publication of his Black Notebooks has reignited fierce debate on the subject. These thousand-odd pages of jotted observations profoundly challenge our image of the quiet philosopher’s exile in theContinue reading “‘Heidegger and the Jews: The Black Notebooks‘ by Donatella Di Cesare”

‘Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility’ by Rocío Zambrana

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility picks up on recent revisionist readings of Hegel to offer a productive new interpretation of his notoriously difficult work, the Science of Logic. Rocío Zambrana transforms the revisionist tradition by distilling the theory of normativity that Hegel elaborates in the Science of Logic within the context of his signature treatment of negativity, unveilingContinue reading “‘Hegel’s Theory of Intelligibility’ by Rocío Zambrana”

‘Beethoven: The Philosophy of Music’ by Theodor W. Adorno

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Beethoven is a classic study of the composer’s music, written by one of the most important thinkers of our time. Throughout his life, Adorno wrote extensive notes, essay fragments and aides-memoires on the subject of Beethoven’s music. This book brings together all of Beethoven’s music in relation to the society in which he lived.Continue reading “‘Beethoven: The Philosophy of Music’ by Theodor W. Adorno”

What is Philosophy?

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Philosophy is primarily a form of thinking, reading and writing texts, and specifically a very abstract form if not the most abstract form of thinking. It’s first of all a theoretical conception of various kinds of objects of thought, often it’s object of thought being different forms of thought itself. It’s procedure is classicallyContinue reading “What is Philosophy?”

Why Write? If You Can’t Explain (or Show) Something, You Don’t Understand it

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) If you are unable in some form, whatever that might be, to demonstrate an idea through exemplification, if you are unable to show it in some way, then you can’t claim to have any kind of understanding of that idea at all. And the more precise way in which you’re able to explain, theContinue reading “Why Write? If You Can’t Explain (or Show) Something, You Don’t Understand it”

Katarina Peović Vuković: ‘Marx u digitalnom dobu. Dijalekticki materijalizam na vratima tehnologije’

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Marx u digitalnom dobu. Dijalektički materijalizam na vratima tehnologije knjiga je koja propituje razumijevanje političke emancipacije uz pomoć novih tehnologija. Ona postavlja pitanje: kako nove tehnologije, posebice novi mediji, mogu pridonijeti demokratizaciji društva i emancipaciji manjinskih kultura? Pritom se sustavno i epistemološki precizno obrazlažu temeljna pitanja kao što su: politička emancipacija i emancipacijske politikeContinue reading “Katarina Peović Vuković: ‘Marx u digitalnom dobu. Dijalekticki materijalizam na vratima tehnologije’”

‘Elements of the Philosophy of Right’ by Georg W. F. Hegel

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) This book is a translation of a classic work of modern social and political thought, Hegel’s Elements of the Philosophy of Right. As his last major publication, it was an attempt to systematize ethical theory, natural right, philosophy of law, political theory and the sociology of the modern state into the framework ofContinue reading “‘Elements of the Philosophy of Right’ by Georg W. F. Hegel”

‘Between Kant and Hegel: Lectures on German Idealism’ by Dieter Henrich

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Electrifying when first delivered in 1973, legendary in the years since, Dieter Henrich’s lectures on German Idealism were the first contact a major German philosopher had made with an American audience since the onset of World War II. They remain one of the most eloquent explanations and interpretations of classical German philosophy and ofContinue reading “‘Between Kant and Hegel: Lectures on German Idealism’ by Dieter Henrich”

‘Hegel’s Rabble: An Investigation into Hegel’s Philosophy of Right’ by Frank Ruda

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, German & English) In Hegel’s Rabble, Frank Ruda identifies and explores a crucial problem in the Hegelian philosophy of right that strikes at the heart of Hegel’s conception of the state. This singular problem, which Ruda argues is the problem of Hegelian political thought, appears in Hegel’s text only in a seemingly marginal formContinue reading “‘Hegel’s Rabble: An Investigation into Hegel’s Philosophy of Right’ by Frank Ruda”

‘The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing’ by Rebecca Comay & Frank Ruda

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) This book sets out from a counter-intuitive premise: the “mystical shell” of Hegel’s system proves to be its most “rational kernel.” Hegel’s radicalism is located precisely at the point where his thought seems to regress most. Most current readings try to update Hegel’s thought by pruning back his grandiose claims to “absolute knowing.”Continue reading “‘The Dash—The Other Side of Absolute Knowing’ by Rebecca Comay & Frank Ruda”

‘From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo’ by Slavoj Žižek & Agon Hamza

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Far from engaging in a debate with existing texts on the subject matter, this book goes at the heart of the problem — dealing with a very specific trajectory in which the Kosovo predicament has been circulating: beginning from a myth, and ending up as a symptom. Divided into two essays, the book providesContinue reading “‘From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo’ by Slavoj Žižek & Agon Hamza”

‘Reading Marx’ by Slavoj Žižek, Frank Ruda & Agon Hamza

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Marx’s critique of political economy is vital for understanding the crisis of contemporary capitalism. Yet the nature of its relevance and some of its key tenets remain poorly understood. This bold intervention brings together the work of leading Marx scholars Slavoj Žižek, Frank Ruda and Agon Hamza, to offer a fresh, radical reinterpretation ofContinue reading “‘Reading Marx’ by Slavoj Žižek, Frank Ruda & Agon Hamza”

‘The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) What do we know about Hegel? What do we know about Marx? What do we know about democracy and totalitarianism? Communism and psychoanalysis? What do we know that isn’t a platitude that we’ve heard a thousand times — or a self-satisfied certainty? Through his brilliant reading of Hegel, Slavoj Žižek — one ofContinue reading “‘The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Philosophical materialism in all its forms – from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism – has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world. This is the burden of philosopher Slavoj Žižek’s argument in this pathbreaking and eclectic new work. Recent history has seen developments such as quantumContinue reading “‘Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) In Tarrying with the Negative, Žižek challenges the contemporary critique of ideology, and in doing so opens the way for a new understanding of social conflict, particularly the recent outbursts of nationalism and ethnic struggle. Are we, Žižek asks, confined to a postmodern universe in which truth is reduced to the contingent effectContinue reading “‘Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘The Search after Truth’ by Nicolas Malebranche

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Nicolas Malebranche (6 August 1638 – 13 October 1715), was a French priest, who is now recognized as a major figure in the history of philosophy, occupying a crucial place in the Rationalist tradition of Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz. The Search after Truth is his first, longest and most important work; this volume alsoContinue reading “‘The Search after Truth’ by Nicolas Malebranche”

‘Lacan Contra Foucault: Subjectivity, Sex, and Politics’ by Nadia Bou Ali & Rohit Goel

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) Lacan Contra Foucault seeks to ground the divergences and confluences between these two key thinkers in relation to contemporary philosophy and criticism. Specifically the topics of sexuality, the theory of the subject, history and historicism, scientific formalization, and ultimately politics. In doing so, the authors in this volume open up new connections betweenContinue reading “‘Lacan Contra Foucault: Subjectivity, Sex, and Politics’ by Nadia Bou Ali & Rohit Goel”

‘The Labour of Enjoyment: Towards a Critique of Libidinal Economy’ by Samo Tomšič

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Enjoyment appears as purely private matter, but this is by far not the case. Ever since Aristotle the philosophical social critique is tormented by the question, whether the libidinal tendencies of human subjects allow the construction of a just political-economic order. It seemed at first that in modernity this problem had been overcome. EconomicContinue reading “‘The Labour of Enjoyment: Towards a Critique of Libidinal Economy’ by Samo Tomšič”

‘The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan’ by Samo Tomšič

DOWNLOAD(.epub) Despite a resurgence of interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis, particularly in terms of the light it casts on capitalist ideology—as witnessed by the work of Slavoj Žižek—there remain remarkably few systematic accounts of the role of Marx in Lacan’s work. A major, comprehensive study of the connection between their work, The Capitalist Unconscious resituates MarxContinue reading “‘The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan’ by Samo Tomšič”

‘Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis’ by Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(.epub) First given between 1915 and 1917, the lectures within this edition explain in detail the theories pioneered by Freud. Delivered in the later part of his career, these lectures can be considered a retrospective summary of the ideas which revolutionized psychology in the early 20th century. Various aspects of Freudian theory are laid bareContinue reading “‘Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis’ by Sigmund Freud”

‘On Death and Dying’ by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century, On Death and Dying grew out of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this remarkable book, Dr. Kübler-Ross first explored the now-famous five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Through sampleContinue reading “‘On Death and Dying’ by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross”

‘Living in the End Times’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(first edition .pdf, second edition .epub) The underlying premise of the present book is a simple one: the global capitalist system is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point. Its “four riders of the apocalypse” are comprised by the ecological crisis, the consequences of the biogenetic revolution, imbalances within the system itself (problems with intellectual property; forthcoming strugglesContinue reading “‘Living in the End Times’ by Slavoj Žižek”

Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency and Cultural Production

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The Case for Sanctions Against Israel

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‘Moses and Monotheism’ by Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This volume contains Freud’s speculations on various aspects of religion, on the basis of which he explains certain characteristics of the Jewish people in their relations with the Christians. From an intensive study of the Moses legend, Freud comes to the startling conclusion that Moses himself was an Egyptian who brought from his nativeContinue reading “‘Moses and Monotheism’ by Sigmund Freud”

‘Totem and Taboo’ by Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, 2x .epub) Widely acknowledged to be one of Freud’s greatest cultural works, when Totem and Taboo was first published in 1913, it caused outrage. Thorough and thought-provoking, Totem and Taboo remains the fullest exploration of Freud’s most famous themes. Family, society, religion – they’re all put on the couch here. Whatever your feelings aboutContinue reading “‘Totem and Taboo’ by Sigmund Freud”

‘The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression’ by Darian Leader

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) What happens when we lose someone we love? A death, a separation or the break-up of a relationship are some of the hardest times we have to live through. In this book, Darian Leader urges us to look beyond the catch-all concept of depression to explore the deeper, unconscious ways in which we respondContinue reading “‘The New Black: Mourning, Melancholia and Depression’ by Darian Leader”

‘The Challenge of Carl Schmitt’ by Chantal Mouffe

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) A collection of essays concerning Carl Schmitt, edited by Chantal Mouffe. Carl Schmitt (11 July 1888 – 7 April 1985) was a conservative German jurist, political theorist, and prominent member of the Nazi Party. He wrote extensively about the effective wielding of political power and is noted as a critic of parliamentary democracy, liberalism,Continue reading “‘The Challenge of Carl Schmitt’ by Chantal Mouffe”

‘Spinoza and Politics’ by Étienne Balibar

DOWNLOAD With Hobbes and Locke, Spinoza is arguably one of the most important political philosophers of the modern era, a premier theoretician of democracy and mass politics. In this revised and augmented English translation of his 1985 classic, Spinoza et la Politique, Étienne Balibar presents a synoptic account of Spinoza’s major works in relation toContinue reading “‘Spinoza and Politics’ by Étienne Balibar”

‘Celebrity Humanitarianism: The Ideology of Global Charity’ by Ilan Kapoor

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) In the last two decades especially, we have witnessed the rise of ‘celebrity’ forms of global humanitarianism and charity work, spearheaded by entertainment stars, billionaires, and activist NGOs (e.g. Bob Geldof, Bono, Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Bill Gates, George Soros, Save Darfur, Medeçins Sans Frontières). This book examines this new phenomenon, arguing that celebrity humanitarianismContinue reading “‘Celebrity Humanitarianism: The Ideology of Global Charity’ by Ilan Kapoor”

‘The Postcolonial Politics of Development’ by Ilan Kapoor

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This book uses a postcolonial lens to question development’s dominant cultural representations and institutional practices, investigating the possibilities for a transformatory postcolonial politics. Ilan Kapoor examines recent development policy initiatives in such areas as ‘governance,’ ‘human rights’ and ‘participation’ to better understand and contest the production of knowledge in development – its cultural assumptions,Continue reading “‘The Postcolonial Politics of Development’ by Ilan Kapoor”

‘Psychoanalysis and the GlObal’ by Ilan Kapoor

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Psychoanalysis and the GlObal is about the hole at the heart of the “glObal,” meaning the instability and indecipherability that lies at the hub of globalization. The contributors use psychoanalysis to expose the unconscious desires, excesses, and antagonisms that accompany the world of economic flows, cultural circulation, and sociopolitical change. Unlike the mainstreamContinue reading “‘Psychoanalysis and the GlObal’ by Ilan Kapoor”

Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) By the publisher: “In December 2010, Julian Assange signed a contract with Canongate Books to write a book–part memoir, part manifesto–for publication the following year. At the time, Julian said: ‘I hope this book will become one of the unifying documents of our generation. In this highly personal work, I explain our globalContinue reading “Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography”

‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’ by Julian Assange

DOWNLOAD(.epub) In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, arrived from America at Ellingham Hall, the country residence in Norfolk, England where Assange was living under house arrest. For several hours the besieged leader of the world’s most famous insurgent publishing organization and the billionaire head of theContinue reading “‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’ by Julian Assange”

‘Permanent Record’ by Edward Snowden

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‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lacan (But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock)’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, first & second edition) A modernist work of art is by definition ‘incomprehensible’; it functions as a shock, as the irruption of a trauma which undermines the complacency of our daily routine and resists being integrated. What postmodernism does, however, is the very opposite: it objects par excellence are products with mass appeal; theContinue reading “‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lacan (But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock)’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Hitchcock’ by François Truffaut

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) Iconic, groundbreaking interviews of Alfred Hitchcock by film critic François Truffaut—providing insight into the cinematic method, the history of film, and one of the greatest directors of all time. In Hitchcock, Truffaut presents fifty hours of interviews with Alfred Hitchcock about the whole of his vast directorial career, from his silent movies inContinue reading “‘Hitchcock’ by François Truffaut”

‘NATO as the Left Hand of God?’ by Slavoj Žižek

The Impasse of the Left The winner in the contest for the greatest blunder of 1998 was a Latin American patriotic terrorist who sent a letter bomb to a U.S. consulate to protest against the Americans interfering with local politics. As a conscientious citizen, he wrote his return address on the envelope; however, he didContinue reading “‘NATO as the Left Hand of God?’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Law, Justice, and Power: Between Reason and Will’ by J. Hillis Miller, Julia Kristeva, Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau, Alain Badiou, Nancy Fraser, et. al.

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) This is an unprecedented volume that brings together J. Hillis Miller, Julia Kristeva, Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau, Alain Badiou, Nancy Fraser, and other prominent intellectuals from five countries in seven disciplines to provide fresh perspectives on the new configurations of law, justice, and power in the global age. The work engages and challengesContinue reading “‘Law, Justice, and Power: Between Reason and Will’ by J. Hillis Miller, Julia Kristeva, Slavoj Žižek, Ernesto Laclau, Alain Badiou, Nancy Fraser, et. al.”

‘Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil’ by Alain Badiou

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) Ethical questions dominate current political and academic agendas. While government think-tanks ponder the dilemmas of bio-ethics, medical ethics and professional ethics, respect for human rights and reverence for the Other have become matters of broad consensus. Alain Badiou, one of the most powerful voices in contemporary French philosophy, explodes the facile assumptions behindContinue reading “‘Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil’ by Alain Badiou”

‘Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism? Five Interventions in The (Mis)use of a Notion’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) In some circles, a nod towards totalitarianism is enough to dismiss any critique of the status quo. Such is the insidiousness of the neo-liberal ideology, argues Slavoj Žižek. Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism? turns a specious rhetorical strategy on its head to identify a network of family resemblances between totalitarianism and modern liberal democracy.Continue reading “‘Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism? Five Interventions in The (Mis)use of a Notion’ by Slavoj Žižek”

Inherentni rasizem slovenskih policijskih sil pri obravnavi migrantskega vprašanja ~ ali ~ Zakaj bi to področje morala formalno urejati vojska?

Objavo začenjam z nedavno objavljeno sliko na socialnem omrežju Facebook. Očitno je ob vsesplošni apatiji slovenskega ljudstva zadeva zaplavala nekako mimo interesa velike večine vseh sledilcev spletne strani slovenske policije. Razen tistega enega komentarja ali dveh, ki so pod sliko nalepli nič manj kot to kar bi se dalo umestit v skrajno desničarske ter ksenofobneContinue reading “Inherentni rasizem slovenskih policijskih sil pri obravnavi migrantskega vprašanja ~ ali ~ Zakaj bi to področje morala formalno urejati vojska?”

‘The Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpetriere’ by Georges Didi-Huberman

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The first English-language publication of a classic French book on the relationship between the development of photography and of the medical category of hysteria. In this classic of French cultural studies, Georges Didi-Huberman traces the intimate and reciprocal relationship between the disciplines of psychiatry and photography in the late nineteenth century. Focusing on theContinue reading “‘The Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpetriere’ by Georges Didi-Huberman”

‘Studies on Hysteria’ by Josef Breuer & Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Hysteria—the tormenting of the body by the troubled mind—is among the most pervasive of human disorders; yet, at the same time, it is the most elusive. Freud’s recognition that hysteria stemmed from traumas in the patient’s past transformed the way we think about sexuality. Studies on Hysteria is one of the founding texts ofContinue reading “‘Studies on Hysteria’ by Josef Breuer & Sigmund Freud”

‘The Psychopathology of Everyday Life’ by Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Psychopathology of Everyday Life is a 1901 work by Sigmund Freud, based on his researches into slips and parapraxes from 1897 onwards—one which became perhaps the best-known of all his writings. Freud examines the psychological basis for the forgetting of names and words, the misuse of words in speech and in writing, and otherContinue reading “‘The Psychopathology of Everyday Life’ by Sigmund Freud”

‘Unbehagen and the Subject’: An interview with Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD This article is an edited transcript of an interview with Slavoj Žižek conducted by Stephen Frosh and Maria Aristodemou at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities on the 18 June 2008. The focus of the interview was Slavoj Žižek’s engagement with psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (2010) 15, 418–428.

‘Malebranche: Theological Figure, Being 2’ by Alain Badiou (The Seminars of Alain Badiou)

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) Alain Badiou is one of the world’s most significant living philosophers. In his annual seminars on major topics and pivotal figures, Badiou developed vital aspects of his thinking on a range of subjects that he would go on to explore in his influential works. In this seminar, Badiou offers a tour de forceContinue reading “‘Malebranche: Theological Figure, Being 2’ by Alain Badiou (The Seminars of Alain Badiou)”

‘The Political Sublime’ by Michael J. Shapiro

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) In The Political Sublime Michael J. Shapiro formulates an original politics of aesthetics through an analysis of the experience of the sublime. Turning away from Kant’s analysis of the sublime experience as a validation of the existence of a universal common sense, Shapiro draws on Deleuze, Lyotard, and Rancière to show how incomprehensible eventsContinue reading “‘The Political Sublime’ by Michael J. Shapiro”

Slavoj Žižek presents ‘The Day After the Revolution’ by Vladimir Lenin

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Lenin’s originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. But, Žižek argues in his new study and collection of original texts, Lenin’s true greatness can be better grasped in the very last couple of years of his political life. Russia had survivedContinue reading “Slavoj Žižek presents ‘The Day After the Revolution’ by Vladimir Lenin”

Slavoj Žižek presents ‘Virtue and Terror’ by Maximilien Robespierre

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) Maximilien Robespierre’s defense of the French Revolution remains one of the most powerful and unnerving justifications for political violence ever written. It has an extraordinary resonance in a world obsessed with terrorism and appalled by the language of its proponents. Yet today the French Revolution is celebrated as the event which gave birthContinue reading “Slavoj Žižek presents ‘Virtue and Terror’ by Maximilien Robespierre”

Slavoj Žižek presents ‘Terrorism and Communism’ by Leon Trotsky

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Written in the white heat of revolutionary Russia’s Civil War, Trotsky’s Terrorism and Communism is one of the most potent defenses of revolutionary dictatorship. In his provocative commentary to this new edition the philosopher Slavoj Žižek argues that Trotsky’s attack on the illusions of liberal democracy has a vital relevance today.

‘Lacan and Levi-Strauss or The Return to Freud (1951-1957)’ by Markos Zafiropoulos

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Shows how Lacan’s famous ‘return to Freud’ was only made possible through Lacan’s reading of Levi-Strauss. Lacan and Levi-Strauss are often mentioned together in reviews of French structuralist thought, but what really links their distinct projects? In this important study, Markos Zafiropoulos shows how Lacan’s famous ‘return to Freud’ was only made possible throughContinue reading “‘Lacan and Levi-Strauss or The Return to Freud (1951-1957)’ by Markos Zafiropoulos”

‘Plato: An Introduction’ by Paul Friedländer

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Friedländer’s writings on Plato, known in German to two generations of scholars and now available to the English reader, have had a major influence on Plato studies in modern times. First published in German in two volumes, and in subsequent editions revised and developed into three volumes which have been translated and again expanded,Continue reading “‘Plato: An Introduction’ by Paul Friedländer”

‘The Metastases of Enjoyment: Six Essays on Woman and Causality’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The experience of the Yugoslav war and the rise of “irrational” violence in contemporary societies provides the theoretical and political context of this book, which uses Lacanian psychoanalysis as the basis for a renewal of the Marxist theory of ideology. The author’s analysis leads into a study of the figure of woman in modernContinue reading “‘The Metastases of Enjoyment: Six Essays on Woman and Causality’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Slavoj Žižek’ by Tony Myers

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Slavoj Žižek is no ordinary thinker. Combining psychoanalysis, philosophy and politics into a compelling whole, Žižek’s approach is always both fresh and fascinating. In this volume, Tony Myers provides a clear and engaging guide to Žižek’s key ideas, explaining the main influences on Žižek’s thought, including his crucial engagement with Lacanian psychoanalysis. Using examplesContinue reading “‘Slavoj Žižek’ by Tony Myers”

‘Conversations with Žižek’ by Glyn Daly & Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) In this book Slavoj Žižek and Glyn Daly engage in a series of entertaining conversations which illustrate the originality of Žižek’s thinking on psychoanalysis, philosophy, multiculturalism, popular/cyber culture, totalitarianism, ethics and politics. An excellent introduction to one of the most engaging and controversial cultural theorists writing today. Žižek is a Slovenian sociologist whoContinue reading “‘Conversations with Žižek’ by Glyn Daly & Slavoj Žižek”

‘A Spirit of Trust: A Reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology’ by Robert B. Brandom

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) Forty years in the making, in this reinterpretation of Hegel’s The Phenomenology of Spirit is a contribution to philosophy Robert Brandom presents a completely new retelling of the romantic rationalist adventure of ideas that is Hegel’s classic The Phenomenology of Spirit. Connecting analytic, continental, and historical traditions, Brandom shows how dominant modes ofContinue reading “‘A Spirit of Trust: A Reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology’ by Robert B. Brandom”

‘Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right’ by Angela Nagle

DOWNLOAD(ebook & audiobook) Recent years have seen a revival of the heated culture wars of the 1990s, but this time its battle ground is the internet. On one side the alt right ranges from the once obscure neo-reactionary and white separatist movements, to geeky subcultures like 4chan, to more mainstream manifestations such as the Trump-supportingContinue reading “‘Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right’ by Angela Nagle”

‘Force, Drive, Desire: A Philosophy of Psychoanalysis’ by Rudolf Bernet

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Bernet develops a philosophical foundation of psychoanalysis focusing on human drives. Rather than simply drawing up a list of Freud’s borrowings from Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, or Lacan’s from Hegel and Sartre, Bernet orchestrates a dialogue between philosophy and psychoanalysis that goes far beyond what these eminent psychoanalysts knew about philosophy. By relating the writingsContinue reading “‘Force, Drive, Desire: A Philosophy of Psychoanalysis’ by Rudolf Bernet”

‘Speculation: Politics, Ideology, Event’ by Glyn Daly

DOWNLOAD Speculation: Politics – Ideology – Event develops Hegel’s radical perspective of speculative thought as a way of reclaiming and revitalizing the sense of the future and its possibilities. Engaging with such figures such as Badiou, Meillassoux, Laclau, Žižek and Jameson, Glyn Daly elaborates the distinctness of speculative philosophy and draws its implications for newContinue reading “‘Speculation: Politics, Ideology, Event’ by Glyn Daly”

‘Hegel in A Wired Brain’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of G.W.F. Hegel, Slavoj Žižek gives us a reading of the philosophical giant that changes our way of thinking about our new posthuman era. No ordinary study of Hegel, Hegel in a Wired Brain investigates what he might have had to say about the idea ofContinue reading “‘Hegel in A Wired Brain’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism’ by Russel Sbriglia & Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Responding to the ongoing “objectal turn” throughout contemporary humanities and social sciences, the eleven essays in Subject Lessons present a sustained case for the continued importance—indeed, the indispensability—of the category of the subject for the future of materialist thought.  Various neovitalist materialisms and realisms currently en vogue across a number of academic disciplines (from New MaterialismContinue reading “‘Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism’ by Russel Sbriglia & Slavoj Žižek”

‘The Apocalypse of a Wired Brain’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) When the threat posed by the digitalization of our lives is debated in our media, the focus is usually on the new phase of capitalism called surveillance capitalism: a total digital control over our lives exerted by state agencies and private corporations. However, important as this surveillance capitalism is, it is not yet theContinue reading “‘The Apocalypse of a Wired Brain’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society’ by Herbert Marcuse

DOWNLOAD One of the most important texts of modern times, Herbert Marcuse’s analysis and image of a one-dimensional man in a one-dimensional society has shaped many young radicals’ way of seeing and experiencing life. Published in 1964, it fast became an ideological bible for the emergent New Left. As Douglas Kellner notes in his introduction,Continue reading “‘One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society’ by Herbert Marcuse”

Hegel’s prejudice against the Chinese Part 2: ‘The Uncivilised Hieroglyphics of Language’

I began with my previous post to locate Hegel’s explicit prejudice, or what could even be called outright racism, towards the Chinese, where I took the text from the very beginning of The Philosophy of Mind. I will now continue in the same manner, citing a longer passage that occurs later in the book. WhileContinue reading “Hegel’s prejudice against the Chinese Part 2: ‘The Uncivilised Hieroglyphics of Language’”

Hegel’s prejudice against the Chinese Part 1: ‘The Undisciplined Child’

I’ve been going through Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind and found a couple of troubling passages, which I will be citing in full, while splitting my post into two different parts, since the quotations themselves are to be found in two separate places in the book. The text is taken from the Wallace & Miller translation,Continue reading “Hegel’s prejudice against the Chinese Part 1: ‘The Undisciplined Child’”

‘Hegel’s Development: Toward the Sunlight (1770-1801)’ by H. S. Harris

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Shows how Georg W. F. Hegel gradually discovers philosophy and the necessity of personal commitment as a philosopher. This work takes the gold medal as the finest piece of scholarship in the studies of Hegel. At first glance a dauntingly long work for a book that does not reach the first strictly philosophical writingsContinue reading “‘Hegel’s Development: Toward the Sunlight (1770-1801)’ by H. S. Harris”

‘Hegel’s Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)’ by H. S. Harris

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This study is the first comprehensive survey of the development of Hegel’s mature system fills a major gap in English scholarship and takes into account everything that survives from the manuscripts Hegel produced during his first academic career at the University of Jena. This work concludes Harris’s two-volume study of Hegel’s philosophical development inContinue reading “‘Hegel’s Development: Night Thoughts (Jena 1801–1806)’ by H. S. Harris”

‘Lectures on the History of Philosophy’ by Georg W. F. Hegel | 3 Volumes edited by Robert F. Brown & Peter C. Hodgson

DOWNLOAD(3x .pdf) Hegel’s lectures have had as great a historical impact on the intellectual history of the past two centuries as the works he himself published. Important elements of his system are elaborated only in the lectures, especially those given in Berlin during the last decade of his life. These lectures challenged the antiquarianism ofContinue reading “‘Lectures on the History of Philosophy’ by Georg W. F. Hegel | 3 Volumes edited by Robert F. Brown & Peter C. Hodgson”

‘Emancipation After Hegel: Achieving a Contradictory Revolution’ by Todd McGowan

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Hegel is making a comeback. After the decline of the Marxist Hegelianism that dominated the twentieth century, leading thinkers are rediscovering Hegel’s thought as a resource for contemporary politics. What does a notoriously difficult nineteenth-century German philosopher have to offer the present? How should we understand Hegel, and what does understanding Hegel teachContinue reading “‘Emancipation After Hegel: Achieving a Contradictory Revolution’ by Todd McGowan”

‘The Philosophy and Politics of Aesthetic Experience: German Romanticism and Critical Theory’ by Nathan Ross

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This book develops a philosophy of aesthetic experience through two socially significant philosophical movements: early German Romanticism and early critical theory. In examining the relationship between these two closely intertwined movements, we see that aesthetic experience is not merely a passive response to art—it is the capacity to cultivate true personal autonomy, and toContinue reading “‘The Philosophy and Politics of Aesthetic Experience: German Romanticism and Critical Theory’ by Nathan Ross”

‘On Mechanism in Hegel’s Social and Political Philosophy’ by Nathan Ross

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) On Mechanism in Hegel’s Social and Political Philosophy examines the role of the concept of mechanism in Hegel’s thinking about political and social institutions. It counters as overly simplistic the notion that Hegel has an ‘organic concept of society’. It examines the thought of Hegel’s peers and predecessors who critique modern political intuitionsContinue reading “‘On Mechanism in Hegel’s Social and Political Philosophy’ by Nathan Ross”

‘Incontinence of the Void: Economico-Philosophical Spandrels’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.epub & .pdf) In Incontinence of the Void (the title is inspired by a sentence in Samuel Beckett’s late masterpiece Ill Seen Ill Said), Žižek explores the empty spaces between philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the critique of political economy. He proceeds from the universal dimension of philosophy to the particular dimension of sexuality to the singular dimension ofContinue reading “‘Incontinence of the Void: Economico-Philosophical Spandrels’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘German Philosophy: A Dialogue’ by Alain Badiou & Jean-Luc Nancy

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Two eminent French philosophers discuss German philosophy―including the legacy of Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Adorno, Fichte, Marx, and Heidegger―from a French perspective. In this book, Alain Badiou and Jean-Luc Nancy, the two most important living philosophers in France, discuss German philosophy from a French perspective. Written in the form of a dialogue, and revisedContinue reading “‘German Philosophy: A Dialogue’ by Alain Badiou & Jean-Luc Nancy”

Hegel’s Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art

DOWNLOAD(2x .pdf) Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s Aesthetics, or Philosophy of Fine Art, is part of a rich German aesthetic tradition that stretches from the middle of the 18th century into the modern era. Hegel wrote this work early in the German exploration of aesthetics, and it served as a foundation piece for the philosophies of all whoContinue reading “Hegel’s Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art”

‘The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within’ by Mari Ruti | AudioBook

DOWNLOAD(audiobook) The Singularity of Being presents a Lacanian vision of what makes each of us an inimitable and irreplaceable creature. It argues that, unlike the “subject” (who comes into existence as a result of symbolic prohibition) or the “person” (who is aligned with the narcissistic conceits of the imaginary), the singular self emerges in response toContinue reading “‘The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within’ by Mari Ruti | AudioBook”

‘Samuel Beckett’s Critical Aesthetics’ by Tim Lawrence

DOWNLOAD This book considers how Samuel Beckett’s critical essays, dialogues and reflections drew together longstanding philosophical discourses about the nature of representation, and fostered crucial, yet overlooked, connections between these discourses and his fiction and poetry. It also pays attention to Beckett’s writing for little-magazines in France from the 1930s to the 1950s, before goingContinue reading “‘Samuel Beckett’s Critical Aesthetics’ by Tim Lawrence”

‘Beckett’s Political Imagination’ by Emilie Morin

DOWNLOAD Beckett’s Political Imagination charts unexplored territory: it investigates how Beckett’s bilingual texts re-imagine political history, and documents the conflicts and controversies through which Beckett’s political consciousness and affirmations were mediated. The book offers a startling account of Beckett’s work, tracing the many political causes that framed his writing, commitments, collaborations and friendships, from the ScottsboroContinue reading “‘Beckett’s Political Imagination’ by Emilie Morin”

“Not I” by Samuel Beckett | Mouth: Billie Whitelaw | 1973 | Video

WATCH Stage in darkness but for MOUTH, upstage audience right, faintly lit from close-up and below, rest of face in shadow. Invisible microphone. AUDITOR, downstage audience left, tall standing figure, sex undeterminable, enveloped from head to foot in loose black djellaba, with hood, fully faintly lit, standing on invisible podium about 4 feet high shownContinue reading ““Not I” by Samuel Beckett | Mouth: Billie Whitelaw | 1973 | Video”

‘Beckett as the Writer of Abstraction’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD The “empty” Cartesian subject ($) is not just the agent of abstraction (tearing apart what in reality belongs together), it is itself an abstraction, i.e., it emerges as the result of the process of abstraction, of self-withdrawal from its real-life context. This is why the “materialist” demand to localize a subject into the textureContinue reading “‘Beckett as the Writer of Abstraction’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Molloy’ by Samuel Beckett

DOWNLOAD Molloy, the first of the three masterpieces which constitute Samuel Beckett’s famous trilogy, appeared in French in 1951, followed seven months later by Malone Dies (Malone meurt), and two years later by The Unnamable (L’Innommable). Few works of contemporary literature have been so universally acclaimed as central to their time and to our understandingContinue reading “‘Molloy’ by Samuel Beckett”

‘Malone Dies’ by Samuel Beckett

DOWNLOAD Malone Dies is the first person monologue of Malone, an old man lying in bed and waiting to die. The tone is fiercely ironic, highly quotable, and because of its extravagance, also very comic. It catches the reality of old age in a way that is grimly convincing, cruel as humor so often is,Continue reading “‘Malone Dies’ by Samuel Beckett”

‘Hegel: The Restlessness Of The Negative’ by Jean-Luc Nancy

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) At once an introduction to Hegel and a radically new vision of his thought, this remarkable work penetrates the entirety of the Hegelian field with brevity and precision, while compromising neither rigor nor depth. One of the most original interpreters of Hegel, Jean-Luc Nancy offers a portrait as startlingly unconventional as it is persuasive,Continue reading “‘Hegel: The Restlessness Of The Negative’ by Jean-Luc Nancy”

‘First Love: A Phenomenology of the One by’ Sigi Jöttkandt

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) First Love: A Phenomenology of the One explodes two great myths that remain unquestioned in psychoanalysis and contemporary philosophy: that first love is a love of the mother and, in French philosopher Alain Badiou’s phrasing, ‘the One is not.’ The bold, central argument of the book claims that, with its unprejudiced acceptance of firstContinue reading “‘First Love: A Phenomenology of the One by’ Sigi Jöttkandt”

‘A Hegel Dictionary’ by Michael Inwood

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) This book provides a comprehensive survey of Hegel’s philosophical thought via a systematic exploration of over 100 key terms, from `absolute’ to `will’. By exploring both the etymological background of such terms and Hegel’s particular use of them, Michael Inwood clarifies for the modern reader much that has been regarded as difficult andContinue reading “‘A Hegel Dictionary’ by Michael Inwood”

‘A Commentary on Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind’ by Michael Inwood

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Michael Inwood, an eminent scholar of German philosophy, presents a full and detailed new commentary on a classic work of the nineteenth century. Philosophy of Mind is the third part of Hegel’s Encyclopaedia of the Philosophical Sciences, in which he summarizes his philosophical system. It is one of the main pillars of hisContinue reading “‘A Commentary on Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind’ by Michael Inwood”

‘Hegel’ by Michael Inwood

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) In this clear, critical examination of the ideas of one of the greatest and most influential of modern philosophers, M.J. Inwood makes Hegel’s arguments fully accessible. He considers Hegel’s system as a whole and examines the wide range of problems that it was designed to solve – metaphysical, epistemological theological and political. He concentratesContinue reading “‘Hegel’ by Michael Inwood”

Towards a productive concept of misreading: Reflections upon the psychoanalytic procedure

The specificity of psychoanalytic theory and practice seems to be its focus on interpretation, with the main role of the analyst in a session being that of intervening at certain moments in the produced discourse to cause precise subjective effects in the analysand’s psyche. Or, at least that is the story I’ve come to learnContinue reading “Towards a productive concept of misreading: Reflections upon the psychoanalytic procedure”

Slavoj Žižek: ‘Greta Thunberg and Bernie Sanders should be leading in these troubled times, but they are not radical enough’

With everything that’s plunging the world into chaos right now, one thing surprising me is, why are Greta Thunberg and Bernie Sanders comparatively quiet? Make no mistake, racism, climate issues and the pandemic are all connected. Except for a short note from Greta that she thinks she survived the Covid infection, the movement she hasContinue reading “Slavoj Žižek: ‘Greta Thunberg and Bernie Sanders should be leading in these troubled times, but they are not radical enough’”