First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Voorkant
Verso, 5 okt. 2009 - 157 pagina's
29 Recensies

From the tragedy of 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown.

Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?

In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj Zizek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century. What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.

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Review: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Gebruikersrecensie  - Phil - Goodreads

Of the maybe 10 Zizek books I've read, this is probably the most directly political. Unlike many of his other works I've read, which re-theorize ideology or present Lacanian principles via film ... Volledige recensie lezen

Review: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Gebruikersrecensie  - Riku Sayuj - Goodreads

The Wolf and the Lamb Wolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf's right to eat him. He thus ... Volledige recensie lezen

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Over de auteur (2009)

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 books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Zizek, and many more.

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