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SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK on the Desert of Post-Ideology | Master Class | Higher Learning

  • Опубліковано 12 гру 2012
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    Slavoj Žižek, the internationally renowned philosopher and cultural critic featured in the Sophie Fiennes-directed The Pervert's Guide to Ideology and The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, delivers a lecture entitled "Welcome to the Desert of Post-Ideology" for post-secondary students and faculty. This Higher Learning event was co-presented with York University and held on October 2, 2012 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
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  • Mike Greene
    Mike Greene Рік тому +570

    I'm not talking shit but the man who did the sound deserves a fucking medal for taking the hiss out of all of Slavoj's S's. Normally I have to turn him down and use subtitles as a backup but you did it man. You fucking landed on the moon.

    • Arseniy
      Arseniy 18 днів тому

      @Nick Scurvy I mean you’re right pretty much. A good mic may have a better frequency response and maybe the sibilance will not sound as bad, but you just get so much more control with a de-esser. Use an sm57 for everything I do pretty much and never had an issue, given the right EQ and compression etc.

    • Nick Scurvy
      Nick Scurvy 2 місяці тому +1

      @armchair satanic advocate when I went to audio school in like 2011 I wasn't introduced to any mics that had specific features for sibilance. It doesn't surprise me but I've never seen nor used them. From what I was taught, you used a nice mic(or the hammer that is an sm57, or an sm58 if live) and used a de esser or EQ to cut the sibilance.
      I only attended a few quarters so it's possible I just didn't get far enough. But they did let me mess with(including after hours) with their more expensive ribbon mics so who knows?

    • armchair satanic advocate
      armchair satanic advocate 2 місяці тому

      @Nick Scurvy well this is true, remember that it is not 1990--a lot of mics are engineered to account for sibilance, which is pretty common

    • armchair satanic advocate
      armchair satanic advocate 2 місяці тому

      it has more to do with the quality of the mic (original sound capture) than an editor's work in post, but yeah top notch recording here

  • joingain joingain
    joingain joingain 2 роки тому +787

    This man is constantly like 5 to 10 years ahead of himself, like why do his speeches make more and more sense as time passes

    • Will Setchell
      Will Setchell 3 місяці тому

      @giovanni if you actually listen to him you'd know that he doesn't advocate socialism or communism as it was because he, like any intelligent leftist, acknowledges the terrible failure of state communism. He simply believes that the best way forward in dealing with the issues we face now as a species, will be rooted in Marxist economic analysis but admits that he has no solid answer to how the state should be restructured.

    • jolima
      jolima 5 місяців тому +1

      @giovanni lol your view of capitalism is way more outdated

    • Kush chopra
      Kush chopra 5 місяців тому

      @B why

    • L. Ron Hoyabembe
      L. Ron Hoyabembe 8 місяців тому +1

      Supreme leader

  • Sickjuicy's Jam Shack
    Sickjuicy's Jam Shack Рік тому +303

    I can remember the beginning of every Zizek sentence, but never the end

    • Synesthesia coyote
      Synesthesia coyote 3 місяці тому

      @Zero Two he'd definitely not a good orator. He starts to say something, but falls down another aspect of what he wants to convey halfway through his original sentence. However, i think he has interesting, and I think worthwhile, criticisms of how we interpret problems in our current age.
      It's like listening to a freshman's report on ideology. They might have something interesting to say, but struggle to get a coherent message across because of a lack of structure. I feel like this late in his career, there is no excuse for messy, disjointed, runaway naratives.

    • Zero Two
      Zero Two 3 місяці тому

      @Will Setchell How about the 'scientific marxism' without any measure or error in the measure? How about you use some of that questioning of yours and enquire what are the flaws in his questioning?
      Simply asserting someone's lecture is without flaws, is exchanging a priest for a philosopher.
      You don't take me seriously because I don't talk what you want to hear. To Point out that your priest is talking nonsense that has no proof is too much for your emotion of rationality?
      Other than that, is not what every marxist and post-marxist does? Point out that capitalism is without content, and never have a functional replacement? How it feels to look at a mirror?

    • Will Setchell
      Will Setchell 3 місяці тому

      @Zero Two maybe we would take you seriously if you were able to outline what in his thought you disagree with. Simply asserting someone's lecture lacks real content without addressing the deficiencies of the content just makes you look a bit dim.

    • Zero Two
      Zero Two 8 місяців тому

      @Spud Bencer Stop making the point about yourself, that's what I said about him. He is so full of hot air as this discussion. Wouldn't be a communist without being useless. Enough.

  • funglegunk
    funglegunk Рік тому +116

    So warm, funny and able to develop keen insights based upon things like his young son making him repeatedly watch Kung Fu panda. Love Zizek. Philosophy shouldn't be completely esoteric, it can be found and applied in the most mundane of every day things.

    • Ian Banks
      Ian Banks 3 дні тому +1

      @Hussain Drees so true

    • Hussain Drees
      Hussain Drees 3 дні тому +2

      Zizek's fan club is worse than his philosophies

    • funglegunk
      funglegunk 16 днів тому

      @No username you sound like you're worth engaging with, I have no doubt a productive conversation would follow!

    • No username
      No username  16 днів тому +1

      @funglegunk oh damn. You sound smart better not press it. I’m from a country where we have 22 million illegals 1/4 people from my state are born in another country, 1/4 adults over the age of 25 have some form of diabetes. Can you imagine what it’s gunna be like when 12 million people from one state need weekly dialysis? That’s billions of dollars a month just for dialysis.
      But thank his for the international workers movement, who knows where we be without it? Probably better off 😂

  • Theo Huioiesin
    Theo Huioiesin 3 роки тому +347

    Met him the other day. And rarely have I observed a man with a lovelier way around people he was exactly as nuts with everyone talking, posing and signing while
    Telling jokes. He made me
    So happy. And of course relating very offensive jokes. So refreshing ❤️❤️❤️

    • C M
      C M 16 днів тому

      ​@DannyP that's not true

    • ZIUKH
      ZIUKH 23 дні тому

      It's important in terms of context, so, if I may ask, in which city did this occur?

    • OgiMetalHead
      OgiMetalHead 8 місяців тому

      @Bob's In Franz's Horse Not really.

    • Bob's In Franz's Horse
      Bob's In Franz's Horse 8 місяців тому +1

      @OgiMetalHead Nietzsche was against nihilism.

    • DannyP
      DannyP 9 місяців тому +2

      @sonicman52 Now we have new problems that make life just as difficult. Nothing great or utopian about our modern world.

  • Corey Golphenee
    Corey Golphenee 2 роки тому +182

    This dude is so smart that he's into his third language and is still more profound than I could attempt to be in my first

    • Greg Reoyo
      Greg Reoyo 3 місяці тому

      @jamie hovis You're confusing socialism with social safety net programs. I must admit that we have been pushed towards socialism by the democrats, but it's not in place yet. The free market economy is the safety net and the source of money of socialists. It's also the refuge for freedom and prosperity for entrepreneurs.
      Socialism is a tried and failed system. And please don't say that democratic socialism works in Europe. That's a false narrative that atheist leftists invented to confuse left leaning emotional voters. Socialism sucks because people are generally lazy and greedy, and it's a much worse system than free market capitalism.

  • daniel jones
    daniel jones 4 роки тому +431

    Slavoj historical knowledge is extraordinary. He is a living breathing library, amazing.

    • PhiloPhysics
      PhiloPhysics Рік тому +5

      @Steven Hines if you watch the video he makes constant references to movies and philosophers, switching between the two and finding similarities. He’s intimately involved with every branch of knowledge.
      Specifically at the beginning he ties Gangnam Style (a song) with totalitarianism, and then talks about Mein Kampf. It’s a good video if you watch it

    • Steven Hines
      Steven Hines Рік тому

      Can you give an example?

    • thenowchurch
      thenowchurch 2 роки тому +5

      @Jacob Loving Yeah. It is good training for the mind.

    • Jacob Loving
      Jacob Loving 2 роки тому +10

      @thenowchurch but don’t we try

    • Jacob Loving
      Jacob Loving 2 роки тому +1

      Focus on football!

  • Thomas Jamison
    Thomas Jamison Рік тому +22

    In relation to his comments on the grey eminence, I am reminded of the account of Richelieu and how he came to match his various emissaries to the tasks he wanted to accomplish. The story is that he would lead his various potential new employees into room with a large table. On the one end of the table were pictures of horrible things. On the other end were pictures of beautiful things. If the person in question went to look at the horrible images, he would not send them on missions that required that the do horrible things. If they went to the end of the table with the beautiful things, he would send them on the missions that required they do horrible things.

  • dethkon
    dethkon 2 роки тому +118

    Yes, he is right. You can be an ABSOLUTELY authentic Nazi, or an authentic rapist, or an authentic murderer. This is jarring because we only experience these people, for the most part, through media.
    They’re hyper real to the point where if you met one in real life, you might be disappointed. “Why aren’t you acting like Darth Vader?” Or like Michael Meyers or whatever your particular favorite might be

    • Michael Nguyen
      Michael Nguyen 8 місяців тому +1

      Roland Barthes covers this topic as well. In his book about fashion he describes that the real-dress is not the same as the written-dress, and that the image-dress is not the real-dress. The real-dress is technological and consists of the factory, and the industrial workers, and the fabrics and materials. And the description and the image of the dress neither correspond to each other either.

    • sonicman52
      sonicman52 9 місяців тому +2

      @K X No, fascism (National Socialism, more specifically) has some good/interesting societal concepts in it. And no, I’m not talking about the racist elements

    • e- w-
      e- w- 10 місяців тому +1

      @Joshua Cohen He just meant that even Nazis can behave kindly to people other than the ones they hate. They are still very much the embodiment of evil. A serial killer being nice to their mom doesn't remove the fact of being a serial killer, nor does it speak well of them in the slightest. In fact, you could call it self-interest. In no way is Slavoj empathizing with Nazis. He is saying they do not always behave as Nazis, toward everyone, all the time.

  • Steve
    Steve Рік тому +12

    Slavoj is a genius, always captivating

  • Maaz Ali
    Maaz Ali Рік тому +7

    I was mesmerized for complete 1 hour and 53 seconds. Love Žižek ❤️

    • Sean L.
      Sean L. 10 місяців тому +1

      One of his best lectures online. Lucid and piercingly clear at once.

  • James
    James Рік тому +2

    I'm adding this man to my list of professional enigmas. Ofc there's his voice but he has such a way of wording things I've never seen before

  • MB
    MB 2 роки тому +15

    what an incredible gem of a human being

  • Conner Wilson
    Conner Wilson Рік тому +13

    One of the few online lectures I've finished. Great and profoundly interesting guy

  • Objective_Zoomer
    Objective_Zoomer Місяць тому +1

    35:20 What I hear when he says this is " Don't sacrifice yourself for a higher cause, sacrifice yourself for no reason whatsoever." I'd rather not sacrifice myself at all nor sacrifice anyone to myself. Thank you very much.

  • Chris Orillia
    Chris Orillia 6 років тому +288

    We're so lucky to be here in the same universe as Slavoj; he makes times like these so much more tolerable.

    • Paul Kickling
      Paul Kickling Рік тому +2

      @B how many deaths and suffering has capitalism caused? LEL

    • cole poston
      cole poston Рік тому +1

      @shahsad saadu 12 bazillion dead vuvuzela joker mode lol

    • Karvn
      Karvn Рік тому

      Human from the future here. Life gets worse, trust me .

  • putopaulinho
    putopaulinho 2 роки тому +15

    What a Genius . What a wonderful human being.

  • Marc Baxter
    Marc Baxter 2 роки тому +25

    There is no ethnic cleaning without poetry. What a sentence

    • Marc Baxter
      Marc Baxter 7 місяців тому +1

      @Vyacheslav Ponomarev obviously a citation from the video…

  • ei
    ei 2 роки тому +7

    Se expresa con una claridad magnífica, alucinante y cristalina!

  • Disco
    Disco Рік тому +65

    Slavoj is like a created ruler on CK3 who has all the intelligence traits but to balance it out has all the madness ones 😂

    • Puert0ricandream
      Puert0ricandream 3 місяці тому +1

      @Rex 2.0 was there ever a difference

    • Cole Man
      Cole Man Рік тому +1


    • Rex 2.0
      Rex 2.0 Рік тому +9


  • Pyro-Moloch
    Pyro-Moloch 3 роки тому +16

    When describing Project X, saying "three nerds decide to organize a party", for some reason my first thought was a political party, lol. I know what the film is about, but I guess hearing it from him made it sound more serious in my head.

  • Danial Brown
    Danial Brown 7 років тому +137

    AND SO ON!!!never thought three simple words would make me smile so much

  • Trouble
    Trouble 9 років тому +21

    Well that's what life is all about. Living and learning and discovering knew things you do not know. Meeting people outside your normal circle, people with different habits and behaviors and beliefs. People who do and act differently than yourself. I know the middle school child in all of us wants to make fun of anyone who acts weird or does things a little out of the norm. That's life too. I've met a few people with tics and they are not weird in any way, it's just an impulsive behavior.

    • Trouble
      Trouble 9 місяців тому

      @GrapeSkoda you're so weird go away lol

    • GrapeSkoda
      GrapeSkoda 9 місяців тому +1

      @Trouble It wasn't implied.
      It was direct.

    • Trouble
      Trouble 9 місяців тому

      @GrapeSkoda one of the most reddit replies I have received to be honest. not even mad at the implied racism lol.

    • GrapeSkoda
      GrapeSkoda 9 місяців тому +1

      @Trouble Suit yourself.
      As long as you can maintain your delusion through evasive ad-hominems.
      Go make some new friends in Chicago or Harlem.

    • Trouble
      Trouble 9 місяців тому

      @GrapeSkoda I'm sorry you were bullied in high school. I know how that kind of thing can affect people throughout life.

  • N V
    N V 3 роки тому +3

    Please can you enable transcripts! A marvellous talk.

  • Leftist Theory Audiobooks
    Leftist Theory Audiobooks 2 роки тому +13

    can't believed I missed him doing a lecture a couple years back because I got my thursdays mixed up!

  • ThePromethianspark
    ThePromethianspark 10 років тому +27

    Finnally someone who can stand up and admit the human condition as i see it. Evil and beauty in all extremes coinciding in one person. Pity most ppl are scared of this truth

  • Nick Scurvy
    Nick Scurvy 11 місяців тому +1

    This is the best introduction speech I've ever seen given for a speaker.

  • Mike Fuller
    Mike Fuller Рік тому +4

    Slavoj Zizek is brilliant!

  • IzabelParis
    IzabelParis 10 років тому +5

    I love it that he talks about Medea. So few ppl even dare. wow. V good v v good lecture. TY for posting (and i'm not even done watching it all).

  • Liz Gichora
    Liz Gichora 9 місяців тому +1

    Thank you Dr Slavoj Zizek, on Reality and Authentiicity, meaning and Buddhism.

  • Inguz
    Inguz Рік тому +7

    Very nice talk. Though if he just understood the point made by the Churchlands better then I'm sure he'd like it as it is a way to reconcile the passive observer with the active agent. In essence it boils down to a question of what can constitute free will in a metaphysical sense. Either the universe is predetermined, random or both in some combination. Regardless of which of the three you pick it does not allow for a free will in a traditional sense as you either follow along a causal line of events or a random one. We use our brains to think, reason, make decisions and take action and they follow the causal events of nature. The conclusion drawn by the Churchlands and more (like Dennett) is that while we are predetermined we did develop a brain in order to become an active agent within this causal world. Retreating into passivity is not what they advocate for since our brains developed to accomodate the achivements we as humans have accomplished (good or bad). Their stance is that one should accept that one is, in a way, a passive observer because our brain is bound by the physical realm while at the same time acknowledging that being passive is not what will develop us as a species forward. In a contradicting sense it's liberating to know and to truly be able to accept that some things are outside of our control (maybe having an illness or something) while also realizing that we have the potential to try and do what we can in other regards.
    In this way, being aware that you are an "observer" to events that were determined before you were born arms you with the knowledge that your (brain's) potential never can be unlocked without being active. Free will is in this sense redundant rather than illusionary as we do in fact use our brain to make decisions and so on. If you accept this view which would allow you to take a step back (like how he suggests that Buddhism does) it invariably will force you to consider your next course of action as being passive is to not utilize your brain's potential.

  • thumbwarriordx
    thumbwarriordx 2 роки тому +8

    Someone tell this man to watch the work of Ryan Murphy.
    He always follows the pattern of starting a show with subversive, satirical overtones. Yet over time, his shows always become what they were satirizing, unironically. And the reality is that they were always just that.
    The irony is a way of trojan horsing cynical viewers into becoming invested in something they think they don't like, but actually do.

  • Álvaro MD
    Álvaro MD 9 місяців тому

    A thousand great ideas or more? I’m really thankful for this talk.

  • Itsiwhatitsi
    Itsiwhatitsi Рік тому

    The last thing we can still believe is love for someone even if is not certain is still better than every ideology

  • Tomek Samcik
    Tomek Samcik 8 років тому +14

    Slavoj Zizek is a great entertainer

    • Anogoya Dagaati
      Anogoya Dagaati 8 років тому +16

      Tomek Samcik AND master philosopher!

  • Serap Avanoglu-Ullrich
    Serap Avanoglu-Ullrich 10 років тому +3

    it's a pleasure to listen to Zizek.

  • Axel Axel
    Axel Axel 3 роки тому +21

    Žižek is greatest Philosophers right now, hello from Sarajevo

  • David Ryan
    David Ryan 2 місяці тому

    Sometimes I feel like a genius for listening to Zizek sometimes I realize I'm a fooling myself

  • Tobiasz B
    Tobiasz B 2 роки тому +1

    Thank You prof. Zizek for those perspectives.

  • Lul M
    Lul M Рік тому +36

    "Moral absolutes can open up the space of freedom" what a refreshing take

    • Rocanten Rocanten
      Rocanten Rocanten 4 місяці тому

      @Elfling ахахахахахахахахаха

    • Elfling
      Elfling Рік тому +3

      @Jacopo Fatini one month ago? No idea to be honest. But I still had a point!!!11

    • Jacopo Fatini
      Jacopo Fatini Рік тому +3

      @Elfling jesus christ, who hurt you dawg.

    • Purple Cat
      Purple Cat Рік тому +3

      "technically this isn't a haiku"
      your sex life must be plentiful

  • Matt Solomon
    Matt Solomon 2 роки тому +2

    Not sure if this maps in psychoanalitic terms but I always saw a link between 'sentimentality' and extreme distanced 'violence' at least on a socio-cultural level. The excuse for the violence is the inner sentimental nature that values the object of sentimentality over the consequences of a distanced violence, (desensitized or whatever), or maybe a resensitivization of the that inner idealization drives the denial of external responsibility.

  • TeaTweety
    TeaTweety 10 років тому +17

    "Another experience which brought me a lot of hatred in my own country..." on kaže. Zašto, nije mi jasno. A nije prvi put da sam čula da u Sloveniji ima dosta kontroverze oko Žižeka i da ima dosta ljudi koji ga ne odobravaju, ili ga ne vole. I ovaj primjer, da nema pokolja bez poezije je fenomenalan, istina živa. Potrebno je idealizovati i ublažiti strahote koje se čine, stvoriti svojevrsnu psihološku distancu da bi se neke grozne stvari uradile. Ne shvatam, šta je tu sporno, i kome?

    • Pierre Clary
      Pierre Clary 11 місяців тому

      i guess it's hard to translate... i'm french / bilingual UK english,,,

  • KUARZOROSSO Children Educational Illustrated Books

    The point in the lecture where he says that throughout poetry it is posible to see a lead into a social movement remained me at this poem that say more or less “ Mexico I believe in you because you smell at tragedy , perhaps because you laughter too much , because you know that the laughter is the cover of a deepest sadness” So this relates also at the point that it was stablished here , that when a society had the capacity to laught at themselves in the self criticism of their politician and social believes is a healthy way to had a valve of pressure that relief that hostility perhaps that could easily fester without this efficient social mechanism .

  • Samuel Jakobsen
    Samuel Jakobsen 9 місяців тому

    Zizek is so pure

  • TheOneG36 జ్ఞ‌ా
    TheOneG36 జ్ఞ‌ా 3 роки тому +10

    this is the second talk of Zizek i hear, the first was him vs. Peterson and as a Bavarian iam astounded how often (in a Philosophical Manner) he talks about the 3. Reich, i never thought about it as an Philosophy rattern then an Ideology. i will look into that. Thanks Slavoj

  • Majestic Fluffy Butts
    Majestic Fluffy Butts 9 місяців тому +1

    "You need religion to make good people do bad things".
    Dude lost me on Gangnam Style then pulled me back with a Hitchslap.

  • Madina Bakhtovarshoeva
    Madina Bakhtovarshoeva 3 роки тому +15

    When this guy talks my mind goes to eternal bliss. :)

  • Comrade Commissar
    Comrade Commissar 9 років тому +4

    Slavoj Zizek is awesome.

  • wwwaldo333
    wwwaldo333 10 років тому +86

    Holy shit I love that talk, I've watched it multiple times and every time I get a little deeper. I don't see what point Zizek is getting at, but he does tell an awful lot of jokes.

    • Timothy Otten
      Timothy Otten 8 місяців тому

      @Mike o' Glen logic would dictate that's correct statement. I literally said I have no clue what he's taking about, if I did I would not have said so lol. He's harder to follow than Camille Paglia

    • Mike o' Glen
      Mike o' Glen 8 місяців тому +1

      @Timothy Otten If you had even a remote understanding of wtf he's talking about you wouldn't have made such an idiotic comment, perhaps?

    • Philip Tinius
      Philip Tinius Рік тому +1

      @Danx Danx lol !

    • Danx Danx
      Danx Danx Рік тому +2

      This comment is 8 years old, the guy might not be alive anymore to see our replies lol !

  • Sky Adriana
    Sky Adriana 10 років тому +33

    Zizek with his message - to completely fall into reality - highly reminds me of Alan Watts

    • John Chlebek
      John Chlebek 2 роки тому

      Ironic, Chesterton was an ardent defender of Catholicism.

    • s i l e n c e
      s i l e n c e 2 роки тому

      I see an overlap with zizeks words and osho aswell

    • Alex
      Alex 3 роки тому +2

      It originates in the Taoist philosophy (The Secret of the Golden Flower, Tao Te Ching)

    • tenno1981
      tenno1981 3 роки тому +1

      Ah, and both žižek and watts admired G. K. Chesterton. There must be something special with this guy.

    • tenno1981
      tenno1981 3 роки тому +8

      Žižek and Alan Watts are both among my favourite thinkers /speakers. Form counts as much as content. I would add Terrence McKenna and James Hillman to my collection of great insprers. And Camile Paglia.

  • Paul von Hindenburg
    Paul von Hindenburg 3 роки тому +4

    This guy is so fascinating to listen to

  • Jake Niedzwiecki
    Jake Niedzwiecki 3 роки тому +1

    He makes a lot of good points.

  • Michael Jensen
    Michael Jensen 3 роки тому

    Extraordinary lecture.

  • What I Think About
    What I Think About 11 місяців тому

    1:11:20 Was impressed that about 8 years ago when this was posted he knew about Darpa's 4th Industrial Revolution goals to alter thought processes and belief systems (basically the entire ego of a person) through altering DNA.

  • Alberto Moreno-Torres
    Alberto Moreno-Torres Рік тому +7

    I’m surprised that I’m able to follow along,and I’m impressed that he’s made it so that semi literate apes like myself can follow along.

  • steve lawrence
    steve lawrence Рік тому

    Quite bubbly Capt. Slavoj , if the master class is too be seen as the vessel Higher Learning the voyage name thence the greater the voyage the greater the navigator needed.

  • Janosch
    Janosch 3 роки тому +2

    One has to be extra crazy to try to debate this man. Zizek is an absolute madman in terms of gathering information about history, philosophy and human mind. I wonder who would really be able to debate him on a even level? The amount of references he makes, the shier variety of perspectives he unites as a person is, to my standart, unmatches. Please name me any nowadays thinkers that can withstand this. I'm interessted in learning new stuff!

    • Zazizuzezo
      Zazizuzezo Рік тому

      Chomsky maybe but i think he'd have a heart attack.

    • Byd Sawret
      Byd Sawret 3 роки тому

      i like to hear him have a discussion with economist Michael Hudson.

  • luckyswine
    luckyswine 10 років тому +1

    This is like the difference between the Prisoner and Austin Powers. Austin Powers celebrates in a debunking fashion the spy narrative: leaving it stronger, more ideologically reinforced. The Prisoner begins by establishing the narrative of the imprisoned spy in the cold war, 60s individualist, suspicious of the social order, but by turning its criticism upon individualism in the final episode it worries the viewer in a much more profound way.

  • WalterWhiteFan2008
    WalterWhiteFan2008 8 місяців тому +2

    I tried putting this on to sleep to but i ended up laughing for a solid 15 minutes after he claimed that gangam style is horrifying

  • Thimo Brestel
    Thimo Brestel 10 років тому +4

    The poets name is Paul Celan. He was a german-speaking jew from Rumania. He is best known for his poem "Todesfuge" (in english "death fugue") where the sentence "der Tod ist ein Meister aus Deutschland" (Death is a master from Germany) comes from.

  • Hjertrud Fiddlecock
    Hjertrud Fiddlecock Рік тому +4

    nothing makes me miss speed more than watching Slavoj

  • Bill Guschwan
    Bill Guschwan 11 місяців тому +2

    1:37:32 he finally gets Buddhism right about falling into the world per Kojin Karatani. Buddhism deals with ideology by referring to it as “views”, embraces ideology by modeling it as stages and offers different remedies for each stage until you are able to fall into the world.

  • littlesigh
    littlesigh 3 роки тому +3

    As always my brain hurts.... Love Zizek!

  • René Adams
    René Adams 8 років тому +111

    Two hours of brilliance.

  • Jesus On Heroine
    Jesus On Heroine 11 місяців тому +4

    To pay a lot of money to watch this old man talk about the movies he has seen - this is the true ideology.

  • DepModMuffin
    DepModMuffin 5 років тому +192

    41:32 - "Again, this is my link with Kung Fu Panda"
    I fucking lost it there!

  • christian tale
    christian tale 9 років тому +118

    He has anxiety issues, side effect of his mind jumping all over the place. His talent is a gift and a curse.

    • Michael Nguyen
      Michael Nguyen 8 місяців тому +1

      It’s almost weird that everyone is so still and calm looking. I’ve become so accustomed to his movements. Even the first time I watched him, it could be high in openness and a curiosity about psychiatric patients. He seems benign in comparison. Or borderline of genius and insanity. He’s not incoherent though. I understand his ideas. But not the Lacan stuff.

    • ver strahlt
      ver strahlt Рік тому +1

      I understand the situation; and also: maybe we are people with higher% of depression. Greetings from Slovenia.

    • PrinceVega
      PrinceVega Рік тому +1

      He is certainly a follower of Tzeentch.

    • Timothy Otten
      Timothy Otten Рік тому +2

      Honestly he just looks he needs sleep. That went pretty far in taking care of my anxiety

    • TeaParty1776
      TeaParty1776 2 роки тому +5

      Hegels contradictions causes chronic anxiety. As Jeff Beck said, "Definitely maybe."

  • M Brontë
    M Brontë 3 роки тому +2

    His comment about "how do we know that a religious experience in not something bad". My thought is ...we are all so singular in our life experience. To many factors play in the development of how we individually view life. We cannot even know or measure what "ONE" person would considered religious.
    If a person is religious or spiritual, then perhaps that person can recognize the experience as religious. If a person has no religion, then that person may consider the experience special or enlightening. I also think a bad experience can be religious, but may not be recognized as that.

  • Music Cheetah
    Music Cheetah Рік тому

    this is just so legit. i love him

  • Cap't Dilds
    Cap't Dilds 3 роки тому +39

    I like how this is before he admitted that he likes Kung Fu Panda.

  • Milingona Project
    Milingona Project 10 років тому +50

    Zizek wears a suit when he goes to sleep and a pijama when he talks in front of a crowd.

  • Toask
    Toask Рік тому

    I want to see Zizek apply this analysis of post-ideology to the meta, self-parody of the Matrix: Resurrections.

  • sedeslav
    sedeslav 10 років тому +11

    Žižek is alien! He has forgotten more knowledge than we ever have in my life.

  • Alexandre Mead
    Alexandre Mead 2 роки тому

    I swear, Slavoj fucks with you with his accent. I hear him pronounce the age old 'Phylum' instead of 'Film' and think "Ah that accen-" and he hits me with 'Adequat' before I can even finish my derisive thought. I can't help but think it's deliberate.

  • Josh Parrott
    Josh Parrott 4 роки тому +4

    One of the best Z--violence and void and so on...

  • Guinea Pig
    Guinea Pig 10 років тому

    well said, I thank you for that

  • Neil Campbell
    Neil Campbell Рік тому +1

    Made some good points. I agree with his idea (can't remember his actual words) that you can believe in something but your brain does it's best to ignore the belief if it doesn't agree with the reality it wants.

    • Meme Gazer
      Meme Gazer 11 місяців тому +1

      Its a cognitive bias, confirmation bias

  • Percep
    Percep Рік тому

    Slavoj talking about Gangnam Style is peak entertainment

  • sebastiantsiwt
    sebastiantsiwt 10 років тому +48

    "Falling fully into reality and suffering" zizeks buddhist ideology

  • Joey Stocato
    Joey Stocato Рік тому

    It's actually insane his breadth of knowledge l

  • Unknown Sample
    Unknown Sample Рік тому +1

    "Although they did not do the killing... they nonetheless did it"
    That is Zizek at his most Zizeky lol

  • Albon Fan
    Albon Fan 4 роки тому

    Genius of our time

  • Mar Hyg
    Mar Hyg Рік тому +3

    I'm one hour into it, and he went so much off the rails that he only spouts diversions.

    • joedillian
      joedillian Рік тому +4

      Yes, but there is a thread connecting it all together, it's just really quite hard to follow at times. The first hour: modern societal narratives, spiritual experiences, and ideologies require some amount of sanctioned dissent, rebellion, and self-deprecation to succeed, as it allows us to more readily accept them in their totality if we feel there is a means by which we may deprecate them, even if those means are tacitly accepted by said narrative, spiritual experience, or ideology, or, as he points out, generated by the narrative/experience/ideology in the first place. It also allows them to more easily withstand the supposed dissent in the first place. This goes with the alt-right semi-ironic BS, the self-deprecation of movies like Kung Fu Panda, the "sanctioned" rebellion from the father's authority, etc. etc.

  • Bramsan Janssan
    Bramsan Janssan Рік тому

    A force of nature

  • Big Chungus Driplord
    Big Chungus Driplord Рік тому +3

    This man is slowly looking like the crazy homelless guy who's talking crazy things every day. The thing is he is right almost every time

  • PhiloForest
    PhiloForest 11 місяців тому

    His bit about Julie Butler was fucking hilarious

  • Tripz Included
    Tripz Included 11 місяців тому +1

    in the Heart = Spirit Being & in the Mind = being Identified .. truth vs Lie .. Ying & Yang .. timeless & in time .. two sides of the same One Being .. (::) "Thankful for the sharing of truth"

  • The Nobody
    The Nobody 10 місяців тому

    Life changing thoughts slavoj

  • Hugo jimenez ruelas
    Hugo jimenez ruelas Рік тому +4

    From my little knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, I see a couple of problems with his critiques: 1- Buddhism does not start just with suffering, it starts with the ignorance of that suffering too, when you’re trapped in the eternal cycle of birth and death…
    2-Bodisatva is not a fully enlightenment state. The compassion to the suffering of beings is the last link to this world.

  • Francisco Fuentes
    Francisco Fuentes 5 років тому +1

    I loved the introduction.

  • Joe Corneli
    Joe Corneli 8 років тому +22

    Interesting to note that the same scene from Bhagavad Gita was quoted by J. Robert Oppenheimer (17:00 or so).

    • Zazizuzezo
      Zazizuzezo Рік тому

      @Joe Corneli I have become death? I believe thats the point...

    • Joe Corneli
      Joe Corneli 3 роки тому

      @MrDeicide1 "scene" in a broad sense

    • The House of Wisdom
      The House of Wisdom 3 роки тому +1

      The same idea came to my mind when I heard that, this proves that Oppenheimer tried to bury the reality of the horror he made by using poetry; justifying horrors using the greater good stupidity.

    • Brendan small
      Brendan small 3 роки тому +1

      MrDeicide1 okay that was epic that u could even know which scene it is or isnt. I have to read it

    • MrDeicide1
      MrDeicide1 7 років тому +3

      Joe Corneli it's not the same scene

  • Riccardo Cuciniello
    Riccardo Cuciniello 2 роки тому +1

    13:13 some 20th century Italian poets are just beautiful - probably Montale is one of the few great stars of the poetic firmament of our history.

    • Me Me
      Me Me Рік тому

      Tell em

  • Nicolas Allen
    Nicolas Allen 3 роки тому +2

    He is pointing out that one can use the concept of the greater good to justify to ones conscience ones own evil actions.

  • Six Degrees of Separation From Neil deGrasse Tyson

    1:06:35 Zizek’s musings on New Age spirituality
    Nowadays, you could throw in Silicon Valley ayahuasca trips into the mix. Enlightenment for the purpose of increased productivity.

  • ailblentyn
    ailblentyn 2 роки тому +1

    Zizek can make commonplaces sound edgy. Of course spiritual experiences can be disgusting. I am thinking immediately of the cannibal scene in Patrick White's "Fringe of Leave". It isn't hard to think of examples.

  • Just Me
    Just Me 2 роки тому +8

    This was wonderful. The moderator was a jerk at the end, though, with his “this isn’t a democracy” comment. Plus, he looked impatient when Zizek was talking. Nobody should expect short answer from Zizek.

    • SafeBans
      SafeBans 2 роки тому +6

      It was just a joke that he had to pick the questions because of time restraint

  • Max
    Max 4 роки тому +368

    Zizek was so far ahead of the ironic alt-right movement that appeared four years after this lecture.

    • James Kyle
      James Kyle Рік тому +1

      @John Roberts I don't think so. There's some populist/nationalist elements to it. The Dark Enlightenment folks subscribe to monarchy or neocameralism. But there's also a strong Libertarian or individualist streak to it, whereas modern Leftism is often collectivist -- through the influence of Marx, but also through the idea of the "social contract" via Voltaire and Rousseau. The Alt-Right wants to stress three main things: 1) the importance of traditional roles, structures, and ideas, like family, masculinity and femininity, racial and religious communities (as a counterpoint to the sort of Aristotelian disregard of any of these categories as being really ontically real -- Leftism sort of views them as just abstractions or social constructions, at best additive properties to your basic humanity -- this view the alt-right shares with Lacan, btw, Zizek talks extensively about how Lacan was trying to "re-ontologize" gender as a fundamental characteristic part of reality). 2) The tightening of feedback loops, and financial/status meritocracy. If you don't have clear outcomes, or if your payoff structure values societally destructive ways of being, like for example, welfare moms in urban communities, all that ideological talk is only so much noise. 3) Individual responsibility and freedom. This goes along with #2, and anticipates the fact that prediction is very difficult, and knowing through abstract knowledge isn't as good, in many ways, as experiential practice -- "In theory, theory and practice are the same; in practice, they are not" - Yogi Berra. Therefore, free markets, intellectual diversity, and let the chips fall where they may, because the cream will usually rise.
      If you think about it from a values perspective, then, trad fascism only really shares the first point with the alt right, and doesn't hold to it in exactly the same way. Fascism might lean towards #2 and #3 in certain ways, but is often opposed to them, as we know. Fascism has some meritocratic elements, but also selects for people who believe the ideology. Similarly, fascism cares about responsibility in #3, but not about freedom, and not about the individual almost at all -- those early 20th century movements were about large historical myths, not personal discretion. Figured I'd give it the full breakdown. Cheers.

    • James Kyle
      James Kyle Рік тому

      @Ford Mulligan Thank you for saying some of these points are pervasive -- if that's true, society might be going into a more optimistic direction. I've never heard anyone point out that the modern proletariat are 'deplorables', except for some urban proletariat that swings Left as a matter of tradition, since the 1800s, or at least since the Labor movement.
      There's a lot to attack about Marxism. To the Finland Station, which outlines the human element in the history of socialism, from Vico and Michelet on through Hegel and Marx, is a book filled with examples (written by a socialist). The Gulag Archipelago is another. The Fellow Travelers by David Canterbury, which is about the failure of Western intellectuals to denounce the Soviets, and the difficulties that those who did turn coat suffered (like Shaw or Andre Gide), are all full of examples, without a drop of theory. The Krondstat rebellion. The assassination of Trotsky.
      But I'm not entirely against Marxism. Holding the decadent elite accountable is a great idea. Economic freedom can surely be paired with something that prevents individuals from forming self-perpetuating aristocracies and monopolies. My point was that where we're heading is not proletarian socialism, just like it isn't grassroots environmentalism. It's the destruction of traditional values, which means the destruction of traditional corridors of power for regular people. It's the massive centralization of power, via technology, by people who already have all the power. And the Left apologizes for it. The Left is basically equivalent to "the Mainstream" now.
      That China thing is funny. Sounds like a No True Scotsman fallacy to me. I used to have a Marxist friend who argued China's occupation of Tibet was, by definition, a defensive war, because it was a 'progressive' war, freeing the people from their religious, nationalist overlords. This is where Marxism gets really dangerous: through the commitment to revolution and the concept of "false consciousness," Marxists feel justified in explaining things in terms of their opposites. In the name of denying ground to their opponent, they repeat almost obviously silly things, like "the sky is red." We're seeing the largest seizure and centralization of power by a small segment of the population in human history, and the Left is all for it. This, in itself, is amazing to me.
      Lastly, don't call me names.

  • Madina Bakhtovarshoeva
    Madina Bakhtovarshoeva 4 роки тому

    pure enjoyment on this side..thank you I am serious too

  • J H
    J H Рік тому +1

    Love this guy always so balanced

  • StealthySpace7
    StealthySpace7 9 місяців тому

    I love listening to him but he really embodies saying a lot without saying anything at all