First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Verso, 5 okt. 2009 - 157 pagina's
22 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  - Susan Steed - Goodreads

So, I started reading this book and was really absorbed by it. I put loads of post it notes in it, which is usually a good sign for me. However, when I did come back to finish it and write up my notes ... Volledige recensie lezen

Review: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Gebruikersrecensie  - Evan - Goodreads

The inciting thought for this slim work is as follows: Marx, in his Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon compares Louis Napoleon's imperial ascension to that of Napoleon Bonaparte-- both events ... 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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