Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (Big Ideas/Small Books)

Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (Big Ideas/Small Books)


Philosopher, cultural critic, and agent provocateur Slavoj Žižek constructs a desirable new framework to examine the forces of violence in our world.

Using historical past, philosophy, books, videos, Lacanian psychiatry, and jokes, Slavoj Žižek examines the methods we understand and misperceive violence. Drawing from his distinct cultural imaginative and prescient, Žižek brings new mild to the Paris riots of 2005; he questions the permissiveness of violence in philanthropy; in bold phrases, he displays at the robust picture and resolution of up to date terrorists.

Violence, Žižek states, takes 3 forms--subjective (crime, terror), target (racism, hate-speech, discrimination), and systemic (the catastrophic results of monetary and political systems)--and usually one type of violence blunts our skill to work out the others, elevating complex questions.

Does the appearance of capitalism and, certainly, civilization reason extra violence than it prevents? Is there violence within the easy proposal of "the neighbour"? and will the precise type of motion opposed to violence this day easily be to think about, to imagine?

Beginning with those and different both contemplative questions, Žižek discusses the inherent violence of globalization, capitalism, fundamentalism, and language, in a piece that would determine his status as one among our such a lot erudite and incendiary smooth thinkers.

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