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Slavoj Zizek is one of the world's foremost cultural commentators: a prolific writer and thinker, whose adventurous, unorthodox and wide-ranging writings have won him a unique place as one of the most high profile thinkers of our time. The Universal Exception brings together some of Zizek's most vivid writings on politics. Bringing together high theory, popular culture and passionate engagement with politics, Zizek here brings us startlingly new perspectives on such topics as multiculturalism, capitalism and Bill Gates, the revolutionary potential of Stalinism, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

Including a glossary of key terms, the Bloomsbury Revelations edition also includes a new preface by the author.

Author: Zizek Slavoj
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781472570079
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2014


Preface to the Paperback Edition

Editors' Introduction: Slavoj Zizek's 'Third Way'

Section I: The Absent 'Second Way'

1. Eastern European Liberalism and Its Discontents

2. Why We All Love to Hate Haider

3. Heiner Muller Out of Joint

Section II: Really Existing Socialism

4. Why Are Laibach and the Neue Slowenische Kunst Not Fascists?

5. The Fetish of the Party

6. Georg Lukacs as the Philosopher of Leninism

7. Prolegomena to a Theory of Kolkhoz Musicals

8. Attempts to Escape the Logic of Capitalism

Section III: Really Existing Capitalism

9. Multiculturalism, or, The Cultural Logic of Multinational Capitalism

10. A Leftist Plea for 'Eurocentrism'

11. A Plea for 'Passive Aggressivity'

12. The Three Faces of Bill Gates

13. The Prospects of Radical Politics Today

Section IV: What Is (Not) To Be Done?

14. Against the Double Blackmail

15. Welcome to the Desert of the Real

16. The Iraq War - Where is the True Danger?

17. Some Politically Incorrect Reflections on Violence in France and Related Matters

Author's Afterword: Where Do We Stand Today?



Slavoj Zizek is Eminent Scholar at the Kyung Hee University, Seoul, and Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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