Having seen Slavoj Zizek speak in NYC, this book seems like a continuation of the conversation Zizek has been trying to make the world have for years. An excellent perspective on eurozone politics and a rare voice on Greek politics, The Courage of Hopelessness weaves together philosophically, the crises of Western and Europe politics, with an interesting optimistic snark. With Brexit unfolding, Syriza functioning?, and confusing German elections, Zizek helps us make sense of it all.
In THE COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS, maverick philosopher Slavoj Zizek returns to explore today's ideological, political and economic battles, and asks whether radical change is possible. In these troubled times, even the most pessimistic diagnosis of our future ends with an uplifting hint that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Yet, argues Slavoj Zizek, it is only when we have admitted to ourselves that our situation is completely hopeless - that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of a train - that fundamental change can be brought about.
About the Author
Slavoj Zizek is a Hegelian philosopher, Lacanian psychoanalyst, and political activist. He is international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University. He is the author of numerous books on dialectical materialism, critique of ideology and art, including Event, Trouble In Paradise, and Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors, all published by Melville House.
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