The courage of hopelessness : a year of acting dangerously

by Žižek, Slavoj,

Format: Print Book 2018
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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.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Philosopher and cultural critic Zizek (Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors) continues to offer provocative thoughts on how people should deal with a myriad of daunting challenges, but if his goal is to connect with a wide readership, he will be unsuccessful here. He assumes a greater familiarity with subjects such as the Greek economic crisis than many American readers will possess, and frequently employs academic jargon (e.g., "the Hegelian 'infinite judgment'"). Some of his counterintuitive comments are just asserted, without convincing supportive argumentation, such as his peremptory dismissal of concerns that automation will threaten more and more jobs. These negatives are disappointing, as they overshadow the more cogent contrarian positions in the book, as when Zizek denounces too much activity by progressives as unproductive, and advocates thoughtful self-reflection as a prerequisite for an effective response to the Trump presidency. Zizek also cautions against the erosion of ideological differences on the left in the name of creating a unified front against Trump. Such clear-cut points, however, are accompanied by tendentious ones, such as suggesting that the murderous Khmer Rouge had the positive goal "to effectively change human nature." This inconsistent book will not help Zizek's often valid insights reach a larger readership beyond the already-devoted following he enjoys. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Social change.
Publisher Brooklyn :2018
Language English
Notes Reprint. Originally published: UK : Allen Lane, 2017.
Description 319 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-319).
ISBN 9781612190037
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