In Defense of Lost Causes

In Defense of Lost Causes

By (author) Slavoj Zizek

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Is global emancipation a lost cause? Are universal values outdated relics of an earlier age? In the postmodern world, ideologies of all kinds have been cast in doubt. In this combative new work, renowned theorist Slavoj Zizek takes on the reigning postmodern agenda with a manifesto for several "lost causes." From a provocative redemption of Heidegger's engagement with the Third Reich as "a right step in the wrong direction," to reasserting class struggle as the underlying reality of global capitalism, to a defense of the emancipatory legacy of Christianity against New Age spiritualism, Zizek confronts the failures of contemporary theory and proposes unexpected resolutions.

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 44mm | 898.11g
  • 28 Apr 2008
  • Verso Books
  • London
  • English
  • 1844671089
  • 9781844671083
  • 384,545

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SLAVOJ ZIZEK is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His other books from Verso include Welcome to the Desert of the Real, The Sublime Object of Ideology, The Ticklish Subject, and The Fragile Absolute.

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"The giant of Ljubljana provides the best intellectual high since Anti-Oedipus." Village Voice "Zizek leaves no social or natural phenomenon untheorized, and is a master of the counterintuitive observation." New Yorker"

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