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Living in the End Times by Slavoj Žižek
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Dec 15, 14

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Read from June 27 to July 09, 2012

I think this book is entirely worth the read for it dares to unabashedly go places that other cultural and philosophical books dare to go - criticism and application. There is so much scope that is covered though that I feel that Zizek got lost in his thesis. His general structure remained consistent as a whole, but only on the grounds that one paid careful attention to the hermeneutical explication of the books progression. I am always astounded, though not always in accordance with, the "sideways reflections" of this philosopher. It is in this regard that he is worth every word. Unlike prior "dangerous" philosophers - Zizek doesn't confine himself to rear-view controversial evaluations of human discourse (e.g. Foucault and to some extent even Deleuze), but comes at it with a full frontal attack, using history as a source of criticism for contemporary issues rather than applying contemporary theory to historical issues in a retrospective way. Not to say that those methods aren't of great genius and value to 20th and 21st century thought, for it allows us to look around with new eyes - but only under the condition of a clear sky. Agree with him or not, Zizek is always a stimulating read that leaves much to be mulled over in its entirely unapologetic antagonism.

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