Slavoj Žižek: “The ordeal we face is not lockdown and isolation, but what happens when our societies start to move again”

Authoritarians are exploiting this crisis, writes Slavoj Žižek. If China succeeds in Hong Kong, the violent takeover of Taiwan could be the next step – then a full scale Pacific war In a documentary on life in the Chernobyl zone after the accident, an ordinary farmers’ family is shown simply continuing to live in theirContinue reading “Slavoj Žižek: “The ordeal we face is not lockdown and isolation, but what happens when our societies start to move again””

‘Sovereignty, Inc.: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment’

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) What does the name Trump stand for? If branding now rules over the production of value, as the coauthors of Sovereignty, Inc. argue, then Trump assumes the status of a master brand whose primary activity is the compulsive work of self-branding—such is the new sovereignty business in which, whether one belongs to his baseContinue reading “‘Sovereignty, Inc.: Three Inquiries in Politics and Enjoyment’”

‘The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty’ by Eric L. Santner

DOWNLOAD “The king is dead. Long live the king!” In early modern Europe, the king’s body was literally sovereign—and the right to rule was immediately transferrable to the next monarch in line upon the king’s death. In The Royal Remains, Eric L. Santner argues that the “carnal” dimension of the structures and dynamics of sovereignty hasn’tContinue reading “‘The Royal Remains: The People’s Two Bodies and the Endgames of Sovereignty’ by Eric L. Santner”

‘The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology’ by Slavoj Žižek, Eric L. Santner & Kenneth Reinhard

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud made abundantly clear what he thought about the biblical injunction, first articulated in Leviticus 19:18 and then elaborated in Christian teachings, to love one’s neighbor as oneself. “Let us adopt a naive attitude towards it,” he proposed, “as though we were hearing it for the first time;Continue reading “‘The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology’ by Slavoj Žižek, Eric L. Santner & Kenneth Reinhard”

‘A Discourse on Method’ by René Descartes

DOWNLOAD The Discourse on the Method is a philosophical and mathematical treatise published by René Descartes in 1637. Its full name is Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting the Reason, and Searching for Truth in the Sciences (French title: Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison, et chercher la verité dans lesContinue reading “‘A Discourse on Method’ by René Descartes”

‘Philosophical Essays and Correspondence’ by René Descartes

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This volume includes all major works by Descartes in their entirety, important selections from his lesser known writings, and key selections from his philosophical correspondence. The result is an anthology that enables the reader to understand the development of Descartes’s thought over his lifetime. Includes a biographical Introduction, chronology, bibliography, and index.

‘The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes’

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Between the years 1643 and 1649, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia (1618–80) and René Descartes (1596–1650) exchanged fifty-eight letters—thirty-two from Descartes and twenty-six from Elisabeth. Their correspondence contains the only known extant philosophical writings by Elisabeth, revealing her mastery of metaphysics, analytic geometry, and moral philosophy, as well as her keen interest in natural philosophy.Continue reading “‘The Correspondence between Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia and René Descartes’”

‘The Communist Manifesto’ by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Communism. All the Powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcize this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police spies. . . Originally published on the eve of the 1848 European revolutions, The Communist ManifestoContinue reading “‘The Communist Manifesto’ by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels”

‘Jacques, the Sophist: Lacan, Logos and Psychoanalysis’ by Barbara Cassin

DOWNLOAD Sophistry, since Plato and Aristotle, has been philosophy’s negative alter ego, its bad other. Yet sophistry’s emphasis on words and performativity over the fetishization of truth makes it an essential part of our world’s cultural, political, and philosophical repertoire. In this dazzling book, Barbara Cassin, who has done more than anyone to reclaim a modeContinue reading “‘Jacques, the Sophist: Lacan, Logos and Psychoanalysis’ by Barbara Cassin”

‘Cogito and the Unconscious’ edited by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.epub & .pdf) The Cartesian cogito—the principle articulated by Descartes that “I think, therefore I am”—is often hailed as the precursor of modern science. At the same time, the cogito’s agent, the ego, is sometimes feared as the agency of manipulative domination responsible for all present woes, from patriarchal oppression to ecological catastrophes. Without psychoanalyzingContinue reading “‘Cogito and the Unconscious’ edited by Slavoj Žižek”

‘The Seminar of Alain Badiou: Nietzsche’s Anti-Philosophy I, 1992-1993’ by Wanyoung E. Kim

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) It is common knowledge that Nietzsche is very critical of traditional philosophy and strongly opposes a number of (if not all) philosophers, but Alain Badiou goes beyond this claim to interpret and classify Nietzsche as an “antiphilosopher.” As such, Badiou’s interpretation belongs to the vast literature focusing on Nietzsche’s critique of metaphysics and truth.Continue reading “‘The Seminar of Alain Badiou: Nietzsche’s Anti-Philosophy I, 1992-1993’ by Wanyoung E. Kim”

In Defense of Julian Assange

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) After being forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy, Julian Assange is now in a high security prison in London where he faces extradition to the United States and imprisonment for the rest of his life. The charges Assange faces are a major threat to press freedom. James Goodale, who represented the New York Times in theContinue reading “In Defense of Julian Assange”

Umbr(a) Journal Collection

DOWNLOAD Umbr(a) was one of the most important US theory journals of the 1990s and early 2000s, publishing work by some of the greatest philosophers, psychoanalysts and theorists of our era. In every regard, it was ahead of the curve – in content, design, and style – often introducing thinkers who have subsequently become globallyContinue reading “Umbr(a) Journal Collection”

The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book VI: Desire and its Interpretation

DOWNLOAD What does Lacan show us? He shows us that desire is not a biological function; that it is not correlated with a natural object; and that its object is fantasized. Because of this, desire is extravagant. It cannot be grasped by those who might try to master it. It plays tricks on them. YetContinue reading “The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book VI: Desire and its Interpretation”

‘The Philosophy of Hegel’ by Allen Speight

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Few philosophers can induce as much puzzlement among students as Hegel. His works are notoriously dense and make very few concessions for a readership unfamiliar with his systematic view of the world. Allen Speight’s introduction to Hegel’s philosophy takes a chronological perspective on the development of Hegel’s system. In this way, some of theContinue reading “‘The Philosophy of Hegel’ by Allen Speight”

‘Hegel, Literature and the Problem of Agency’ by Allen Speight

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit has attracted much attention recently from philosophers, but none of the existing English-language books on the text addresses one of the most difficult questions the book raises: Why does the Phenomenology make such rich and provocative use of literary works and genres? Allen Speight’s bold contribution to the debate on the workContinue reading “‘Hegel, Literature and the Problem of Agency’ by Allen Speight”

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Werke in 20 Bänden | Shurkamp

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The twenty-volume edition of over 11,000 pages, published by Eva Moldenhauer and Karl Markus Michel, is the easily accessible and inexpensive edition of the writings of these classics in the history of philosophy. From the early writings on the phenomenology of the mind and the encyclopedia to the lectures on the history of philosophy,Continue reading “Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: Werke in 20 Bänden | Shurkamp”

‘The Hegel Variations: On the Phenomenology of Spirit’ by Fredric Jameson

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) In this major study, philosopher and cultural theorist Fredric Jameson offers an innovative reading of a book that forms part of the bedrock of modern Western thought: Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. Whereas other writers have interpreted the Phenomenology as a rigidly closed system, Jameson discovers it to be a more fluid, open-ended work. Hegel’s mindContinue reading “‘The Hegel Variations: On the Phenomenology of Spirit’ by Fredric Jameson”

‘Hegel’s Critique of Metaphysics’ by Béatrice Longuenesse

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Hegel’s Science of Logic has received less attention than his Phenomenology of Spirit, but Hegel himself took it to be his highest philosophical achievement and the backbone of his system. The present book focuses on this most difficult of Hegel’s published works. Béatrice Longuenesse offers a close analysis of core issues, including discussions ofContinue reading “‘Hegel’s Critique of Metaphysics’ by Béatrice Longuenesse”

‘Critique of Pure Reason’ by Immanuel Kant

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) The 18th century German philosopher Immanuel Kant is widely considered as one the most important figures in modern philosophy. His fundamental arguments with regard to the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics, have been highly influential and form the basis for much of contemporary thought upon the subjects withContinue reading “‘Critique of Pure Reason’ by Immanuel Kant”

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This website is being constructed purely as a hobby project and is designed, funded and run personally just by one individual. The project is set to be built for a longer period of time. It’s past incarnations (mariborchan.com, theoryleaks.org, etc.), were also at certain moments referenced by larger leftist publishers in the past, for instanceContinue reading “Donate to support TheoryReader.org”

‘Science of Logic’ by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Most of the major schools of contemporary philosophy, from Marxism to Existentialism, are reactions to Hegelianism and all, if they are to be understood, require some understanding of Hegel’s Logic. From its first appearance in 1812, this work has been recognized by both admirers and detractors alike as being the absolute foundationContinue reading “‘Science of Logic’ by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel”

‘Écrits’ by Jacques Lacan

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Brilliant and innovative, Jacques Lacan’s work lies at the epicenter of modern thought about otherness, subjectivity, sexual difference, the drives, the law, and enjoyment. This new translation of his complete works offers welcome, readable access to Lacan’s seminal thinking on diverse subjects touched upon over the course of his inimitable intellectual career.

‘Like A Thief In Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Human Capitalism’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) In recent years, techno-scientific progress has started to utterly transform our world – changing it almost beyond recognition. In this new work, philosopher Slavoj Žižek turns to look at the brave new world of Big Tech, revealing how, with each new wave of innovation, we find ourselves moving closer and closer to aContinue reading “‘Like A Thief In Broad Daylight: Power in the Era of Post-Human Capitalism’ by Slavoj Žižek”

‘Pocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy’ by Alain Badiou

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Pocket Pantheon is an invitation to engage with the greats of postwar Western thought, such as Lacan, Sartre and Foucault, in the company of one of today’s leading political and philosophical minds. Alain Badiou draws on his encounters with this pantheon—his teachers, opponents and allies—to offer unique insights into both the authors and theirContinue reading “‘Pocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy’ by Alain Badiou”

‘Althusser & Pasolini: Philosophy, Marxism, and Film’ by Agon Hamza

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & .epub) Agon Hamza offers an in-depth analysis of the main thesis of Louis Althusser’s philosophical enterprise alongside a clear, engaging dissection of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s most important films. There is a philosophical, religious, and political relationship between Althusser’s philosophy and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s films.  Hamza teases out the points of contact, placing specificContinue reading “‘Althusser & Pasolini: Philosophy, Marxism, and Film’ by Agon Hamza”

‘What Is Philosophy?’ by Giorgio Agamben

DOWNLOAD In attempting to answer the question posed by this book’s title, Giorgio Agamben does not address the idea of philosophy itself. Rather, he turns to the apparently most insignificant of its components: the phonemes, letters, syllables, and words that come together to make up the phrases and ideas of philosophical discourse. A summa, ofContinue reading “‘What Is Philosophy?’ by Giorgio Agamben”

‘Freud, the Reluctant Philosopher’ by Alfred I. Tauber

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Freud began university intending to study both medicine and philosophy. But he was ambivalent about philosophy, regarding it as metaphysical, too limited to the conscious mind, and ignorant of empirical knowledge. Yet his private correspondence and his writings on culture and history reveal that he never forsook his original philosophical ambitions. Indeed, whileContinue reading “‘Freud, the Reluctant Philosopher’ by Alfred I. Tauber”

Visiting Hegel at Dusk: A Conversation with Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) This interview endeavors to understand Slavoj Žižek’s philosophical theses on dialectical materialism from the point of view of aleatory materialism. The contents of the interview are philosophically based, despite detours through varied topics such as politics, ecology, and communism. Žižek asserts Hegel’s philosophical materialism, which has been overlooked by philosophers in general. Through dialecticalContinue reading “Visiting Hegel at Dusk: A Conversation with Slavoj Žižek”

‘The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Dialectic’ by Catherine Malabou

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) This book is one of the most important recent books on Hegel, a philosopher who has had a crucial impact on the shape of continental philosophy. Published here in English, it includes a substantial preface by Jacques Derrida in which he explores the themes and conclusions of Malabou’s book. The Future of Hegel:Continue reading “‘The Future of Hegel: Plasticity, Temporality and Dialectic’ by Catherine Malabou”

‘Does the Woman Exist? From Freud’s Hysteric to Lacan’s Feminine’ by Paul Verhaeghe

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) This book describes how Freud attempted to chart hysteria, yet came to a standstill at the problem of woman and her desire, and of how Lacan continued along this road by creating new conceptual tools. The difficulties and upsets encountered by both men are examined. This lucid presentation of the dialectical process thatContinue reading “‘Does the Woman Exist? From Freud’s Hysteric to Lacan’s Feminine’ by Paul Verhaeghe”

‘Nation and Aesthetics: On Kant and Freud’ by Kojin Karatani

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Nation and Aesthetics is a unique attempt to examine the ambiguous nature of nationalism and nation by examining them through aesthetics. In this translation by Jonathan E. Abel, Darwin H. Tsen, and Hiroki Yoshikuni, Karatani grasps the modern social formation as a nexus of three different “modes of exchange”, namely capital-nation-state. Nation here plays theContinue reading “‘Nation and Aesthetics: On Kant and Freud’ by Kojin Karatani”

‘The Uncanny’ by Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) An extraordinary collection of thematically linked essays, including The Uncanny, Screen Memories and Family Romances. Leonardo da Vinci fascinated Freud primarily because he was keen to know why his personality was so incomprehensible to his contemporaries. In this probing biographical essay he deconstructs both da Vinci’s character and the nature of his genius.Continue reading “‘The Uncanny’ by Sigmund Freud”

‘Freud’ by Jonathan Lear

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf – first & second edition) Jonathan Lear clearly introduces and assesses all of Freud’s thought, focusing on those areas of philosophy on which Freud is acknowledged to have had a lasting impact. These include the philosophy of mind, free will and determinism, rationality, the nature of the self and subjectivity, and ethics and religion. He also considers someContinue reading “‘Freud’ by Jonathan Lear”

‘The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud’ | The Complete 24 Volumes

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud is a complete edition of the works of Sigmund Freud. It was translated from the German under the general editorship of James Strachey, in collaboration with Anna Freud, assisted by Alix Strachey and Alan Tyson. The Standard Edition (usually abbreviated as SE) consists of 24 volumes, and it was originally published by the HogarthContinue reading “‘The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud’ | The Complete 24 Volumes”

‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ by Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(3x .epub, .pdf) Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams (Die Traumdeutung) was published in November 1899, though postdated by the publisher to 1900. It explores why we dream and why dreams matter in our psychological lives. Delving into theories of manifest and latent dream content, the special work of dreams, dreams as wish fulfillments, and much more,Continue reading “‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ by Sigmund Freud”

‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Other Writings’ by Sigmund Freud

DOWNLOAD(.pdf & 2x .epub) In Freud’s view we are driven by the desire for pleasure, as well as by the desire to avoid pain. But the pursuit of pleasure has never been a simple thing. Pleasure can be a form of fear, a form of memory and a way of avoiding reality. Above all, asContinue reading “‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle and Other Writings’ by Sigmund Freud”

The Omnibus ‘Homo Sacer’ by Giorgio Agamben

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer is one of the seminal works of political philosophy in recent decades. A twenty-year undertaking, this project is a series of interconnected investigations of staggering ambition and scope investigating the deepest foundations of every major Western institution and discourse. This single book brings together for the first time all nine volumesContinue reading “The Omnibus ‘Homo Sacer’ by Giorgio Agamben”

‘Sopa de Wuhan’ (Wuhan Soup) by Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Žižek, Judith Butler, María Galindo and Byung-Chul Han, Et. al.

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) The book brings together texts by authors such as Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Žižek, Judith Butler, María Galindo and Byung-Chul Han, among others. In a compilation of writings published between February 26 and March 28 by thinkers from all over the world, the Argentine professor Pablo Amadeo seeks that the title Wuhan Soup reflects “recentContinue reading “‘Sopa de Wuhan’ (Wuhan Soup) by Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Žižek, Judith Butler, María Galindo and Byung-Chul Han, Et. al.”

‘Lacan: Anti-Philosophy 3’ by Alain Badiou (The Seminars of Alain Badiou)

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Alain Badiou is arguably the most significant philosopher in Europe today. Badiou’s seminars, given annually on major conceptual and historical topics, constitute an enormously important part of his work. They served as laboratories for his thought and public illuminations of his complex ideas yet remain little known. This book, the transcript of Badiou’sContinue reading “‘Lacan: Anti-Philosophy 3’ by Alain Badiou (The Seminars of Alain Badiou)”

‘Philosophy in the Present’ by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.pdf) Two controversial thinkers discuss a timeless but nonetheless urgent question: should philosophy interfere in the world? Nothing less than philosophy is at stake because, according to Badiou, philosophy is nothing but interference and commitment and will not be restrained by academic discipline. Philosophy is strange and new, and yet speaks in the name ofContinue reading “‘Philosophy in the Present’ by Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek”

‘Sin and Fear: The Emergence of a Western Guilt Culture, 13th-18th Centuries’ by Jean Delumeau

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) Delumeau’s work is a sort of tour de force through the Museum of Spiritual History, wherein one can see “more than 600 years of guilt-instilling efforts.” “My book must therefore not be taken either as a refusal of guilt or the need for a consciousness of sin. On the contrary, I think itContinue reading “‘Sin and Fear: The Emergence of a Western Guilt Culture, 13th-18th Centuries’ by Jean Delumeau”

‘Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present’ by Frank M. Snowden

DOWNLOAD(.pdf, .epub) This sweeping exploration of the impact of epidemic diseases looks at how mass infectious outbreaks have shaped society, from the Black Death to today. In a clear and accessible style, Frank M. Snowden reveals the ways that diseases have not only influenced medical science and public health, but also transformed the arts, religion,Continue reading “‘Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present’ by Frank M. Snowden”

‘Pandemic! Covid-19 Shakes the World’ by Slavoj Žižek

DOWNLOAD(.epub, .pdf) We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to Žižek, a new formContinue reading “‘Pandemic! Covid-19 Shakes the World’ by Slavoj Žižek”