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Down with ideology? – Talk with Slavoj Žižek | Sternstunde Philosophie | SRF Kultur

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Down with ideology? – Talk with Slavoj Žižek | Sternstunde Philosophie | SRF Kultur

He is considered philosophy's enfant terrible, provokes those on the right and on the left and analyses events from the perspective of Marx and Hegel. Above all, Slavoj Žižek is hip, and has been for decades. The eloquent all-rounder defends his ideology criticism on The Finest Hour - Philosophy.

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For Slavoj Žižek everything is ideology: whether capitalism or tolerance, Islam or simply day-to-day life. Buying a mobile, choosing clothes, toothpaste - it is all cloaked in ideological terms. Therefore for him, Marxist social criticism is not a thing of the past, it is more current than ever.

Where before people used to be blinded by religion, today they are subjugated by technocracy and capitalism, Žižek finds. Nevertheless, the Slovenian philosopher holds on to the idea of truth and advocates human rights and Eurocentrism. He explains how all this fits together in his conversation with Barbara Bleisch.


Literature on the subject:
►Slavoj Žižek: Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism. Penguin, 2015
►Slavoj Žižek: The New Class Struggle - the Real Reasons for Flight and Terror. Ullstein, 2015
►Christopher Kul and Piero: Introducing Slavoj Žižek - A Graphic Guide Icon Books Ltd, 2011

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Die «Sternstunde Philosophie» pflegt den vertieften und kritischen Ideenaustausch und geht den brennenden Fragen unserer Zeit auf den Grund.

Die «Sternstunde Philosophie» schlägt den grossen Bogen von der gesellschaftspolitischen Aktualität zu den Grundfragen der Philosophie: Wer ist wofür verantwortlich, worin besteht die menschliche Freiheit, was bestimmt unseren Lebenssinn? Zu Gast sind Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft, Kultur, Politik und Wirtschaft – Stimmen, die zum Denken anregen und unser Zeitgeschehen reflektieren und einordnen.

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Philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek has a bone to pick with the PC movement. While he doesn’t buy into the right-wing paranoid view that the politically correct among us are evil people who want to destroy the American way of life, he does think they’re doing some damage. Žižek questions whether censoring our expression really addresses racial tension – or does it merely give birth to a politer form of racism (or sexism, or religious and political differences)? Tolerance has started to work against its own agenda, becoming a patronizing insult to those who think differently to you, a way of brushing off and compartmentalizing differences rather than listening and connecting. Žižek recommends we add a tasteful dose of obscenity and humor to our interactions with each other in order to make them more genuine. Covering up racism with nicer words doesn’t eradicate it, but laughing at each other’s differences – in the right way – can unite a world of others. Slavoj Žižek's most recent book is Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors: Against the Double Blackmail
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SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK:

Slavoj Žižek 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 books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and Event: A Philosophical Journey Through a Concept.

rnŽižek received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Ljubljana studying Psychoanalysis. He has been called the Elvis of philosophy and an academic rock star. His work calls for a return to the Cartesian subject and the German Ideology, in particular the works of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling. Slavoj Žižek's work draws on the works of Jacques Lacan, moving his theory towards modern political and philosophical issues, finding the potential for liberatory politics within his work. But in all his turns to these thinkers and strands of thought, he hopes to call forth new potentials in thinking and self-reflexivity. He also calls for a return to the spirit of the revolutionary potential of Lenin and Karl Marx.
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Slavoj Žižek: I know that there is a lot of sexual harassment, racism and so on in our lives and I don't doubt that the majority of people who promote political correctness mean it sincerely. I'm not saying that. I'm not saying in the way of right wing paranoia that they are evil people who want to destroy American way of life, I'm just saying this that the way they approach the problem is that instead of resolving it the predominant effect is just to keep it under check and allowing the true problem, racism, sexism, to survive in a more covered up version and so on and so on. For example, I always like this extreme example. Let's take racist jokes. Yes they function in a racist way, but for me the true overcoming of racism is not that you prohibit racist jokes, but that you establish a social, not even only social change, new society, but even such a change of atmosphere that you can tell exactly the same jokes without appearing a racist. When you are simply in a true relationship of equality, respect and so on, sometimes dirty jokes, even gently racist jokes done in a non-racist way, by this I mean that you including yourself and you make fun of yourself and so on, they're incredible. I think your American term is icebreakers.

Because it's easy to be a non-racist in this political correct way oh I respect your food, your national identities, no. When does it happen real contact with another? I claim it's very difficult to arrive at it without a small exchange of an obscenity. It works in a wonderful way. So I claim for me and ideal post racist situation is let's say I am an Indian and you are an African American. We are telling all the time dirty jokes to each other about each other about ourselves, but in such a way that we just laugh and the more we are telling them the more we are friends. Why? Because in this way we really resolved the tension of racism. What I'm afraid, now coming back to your question, with political correctness is that it's a des...

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SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK on the Desert of Post-Ideology | Master Class | Higher Learning



Slavoj Žižek, the internationally renowned philosopher and cultural critic featured in the Sophie Fiennes-directed The Pervert's Guide to Ideology and The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, delivers a lecture entitled Welcome to the Desert of Post-Ideology for post-secondary students and faculty. This Higher Learning event was co-presented with York University and held on October 2, 2012 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Visit the Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub to learn more about our upcoming events at TIFF Bell Lightbox and to access bibliographies, filmographies and additional resources associated with this event.
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In this clip we discuss Hoe Slavoj Zizek conceptualizes cynicism and the totalitarian logic of the cynical attitude to politics. He starts with Lacan’s definition of the cynic as the one who refuses to believe in the Other. From there we explain the way in which the cynical subject is easily exploited as the most empty totalitarian subject, I.e the relationship between the empty ideological subject and the fundamentalist ‘believer’. In other words, why are cynics such suckers?

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Slavoj Žižek gilt als Enfant terrible der Philosophie, provoziert Rechte wie Linke und analysiert das Geschehen mit dem Besteck von Marx und Hegel. Vor allem ist Slavoj Žižek «hip», und das schon seit Jahrzehnten. Der wortgewaltige Tausendsassa verteidigt in «Sternstunde Philosophie» seine Ideologiekritik.

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Die «Sternstunde Philosophie» pflegt den vertieften und kritischen Ideenaustausch und geht den brennenden Fragen unserer Zeit auf den Grund.

Die «Sternstunde Philosophie» schlägt den grossen Bogen von der gesellschaftspolitischen Aktualität zu den Grundfragen der Philosophie: Wer ist wofür verantwortlich, worin besteht die menschliche Freiheit, was bestimmt unseren Lebenssinn? Zu Gast sind Persönlichkeiten aus Wissenschaft, Kultur, Politik und Wirtschaft – Stimmen, die zum Denken anregen und unser Zeitgeschehen reflektieren und einordnen.

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Slavoj Žižek is a globally renowned philosopher and cultural critic. He is the author of The Sublime Object of Ideology and is the International Director of Humanities at Birkbeck.

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Slavoj Zizek - Religion And Commodity Fetishism

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Zizek begins with a discussion about Karl Marx and his prediction that traditional, patriarchal social norms will become uprooted as capitalism progresses. Zizek argues that Marx did not go far enough because he did not see the fluidisation of gender and sexual identities coming. In that sense, he argues that, though frequently associated with the left, there is nothing inherently revolutionary about the #metoo and transgender movements, because they do not question the underlying economic system as such. He continues to argue that what is considered clinically and psychologically normal as opposed to abnormal must always be viewed in the socio-economic context in which such claims are made.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Ein indischer Guru atmet für den Frieden | SRF Kultur

Der Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gehört laut «Forbes» zu den einflussreichsten Personen Indiens. Der spirituelle Lehrer und Friedensbotschafter mit patentierter Atemtechnik hat weltweit mehrere Millionen Anhänger. Aber auch einige Kritiker.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankars Vision einer friedlichen und stressfreien Welt vermittelt er in seinen «Art of Living»-Kursen. Dort wird eine spezielle Atemtechnik zur inneren Zufriedenheit gelehrt. Aber zum Meister auf die Meditationsmatte kommen nicht nur gestresste Manager. Auch die kolumbianische Rebellengruppe Farc und die kolumbianische Regierung etwa haben von Shankars Atemtechniken und Meditationsanweisungen profitiert. Fotos zeigen gar zu Tränen gerührte Rebellen. Nach seiner dreitägigen Intervention wurde ein Friedensvertrag ausgehandelt, und der Guru erhielt den höchsten Orden der Republik. Doch Shankar wird auch kritisiert: Er kommerzialisiere Spiritualität, bediene sich synkretistisch bei diversen Religionen und unterstütze durch gemeinsame Auftritte mit Narendra Modi dessen hindunationalistische Politik. Wer Shankar wirklich ist, wie er ein Guru wurde, und wie es um die Kritiken steht, das erzählt er im Gespräch mit Olivia Röllin.

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