Monday, November 09, 2009

Slavoj Žižek Speaks at Cooper Union



“First as Tragedy, Then As Farce”: Philosopher and Cultural Theorist Slavoj Žižek Speaks at Cooper Union
Dubbed by the National Review as “the most dangerous political philosopher in the West” and the New York Times as “the Elvis of cultural theory,” Slovenian philosopher and public intellectual Slavoj Žižek has written over fifty books on philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory.

In his latest book, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Žižek analyzes how the United States has moved from the tragedy of 9/11 to what he calls the farce of the financial meltdown.

He spoke on that same theme at Cooper Union during a recent trip to New York.

2 comments:

feddabonn said...

that was a fascinating talk, jim, thanks for posting this!

((((((((ö)))))))) said...

I enjoyed it too. I enjoy Zizek most of the time. Apparently the reason why it is so rushed at the end is because there was a bomb threat and they had to clear the building.

It seems philosophers can make a difference in these times.