Violence

ISBN-10: 0312427182
ISBN-13: 9780312427184
Edition: 2008
Authors: Slavoj Zizek
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Description: Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Žižek, constructs a fascinating new framework to look at the forces of violence in our world. Using history, philosophy, books, movies, Lacanian psychiatry, and jokes, Slavoj Žižek examines  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 7/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Žižek, constructs a fascinating new framework to look at the forces of violence in our world. Using history, philosophy, books, movies, Lacanian psychiatry, and jokes, Slavoj Žižek examines the ways we perceive and misperceive violence.nbsp;Drawing from his completely unique cultural vision, Žižek brings new light to the Paris riots of 2005; he questions the permissiveness of violence in philanthropy; in daring terms, he reflects on the powerful image and determination of contemporary terrorists. Violence, Žižek states, takes three forms--subjective (crime, terror), objective (racism, hate-speech, discrimination), and systemic (the catastrophic effects of economic and political systems)--and often one form of violence blunts our ability to see the others, raising complicated questions. Does the advent of capitalism and, indeed, civilization cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of "the neighbour"?nbsp;And could the appropriate form of action against violence today simply be to contemplate, to think? Beginning with these and other equally contemplative questions, Žižek discusses the inherent violence of globalization, capitalism, fundamentalism, and language, in a work that will confirm his standing as our most erudite and incendiary modern thinker.

Introduction: The Tyrant's Bloody Robe
Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo: Sos Violence
Violence: Subjective and Objective
The Good Men from Porto Davos
A Liberal-Communist Village
Sexuality in the Atonal World
Allegro moderato-Adagio: Fear Thy Neighbour as Thyself!
The Politics of Fear
The Neighbour Thing
The Violence of Language
Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile: "A Blood-Dimmed Tide is Loosed"
A Strange Case of Phatic Communication
Terrorist Resentment
The Subject Supposed to Loot and Rape
Presto: Antinomies of Tolerant Reason
Liberalism or Fundamentalism? A Plague on Both Their Houses!
The Jerusalem Chalk Circle
The Anonymous Religion of Atheism
Molto adagio-Andante: Tolerance as an Ideological Category
The Culturalisation of Politics
The Effective Universality
Acheronta movebo: The Infernal Regions
Allegro: Divine Violence
Benjamin with Hitchcock
Divine Violence: What It Is Not ...
... And Finally, What It Is!
Epilogue: Adagio
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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