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Living in the End Times

Global Policy public lecture


There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis. In his latest book, Living in the End Times, Slavoj Žižek has identified the four horsemen of this coming apocalypse: the worldwide ecological crisis; imbalances within the economic system; the biogenetic revolution; and exploding social divisions and ruptures. But, he asks, if the end of capitalism seems to many like the end of the world, how is it possible for Western society to face up to the end times? In a major new analysis of our global situation, Slavok Žižek argues that our collective responses to economic Armageddon correspond to the stages of grief: ideological denial, explosions of anger and attempts at bargaining, followed by depression and withdrawal. After passing through this zero-point, we can begin to perceive the crisis as a chance for a new beginning. Or, as Mao Zedong put it, "There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent."

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is 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.


Speaker(s):

Slavoj Žižek | talks

 

Date and Time:

1 July 2010 at 6:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

 

Venue:

Sheikh Zayed Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
London
WC2A 2AE


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London School of Economics & Political Science
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