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Living in the End Times

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,528 ratings  ·  132 reviews
There should no longer be any doubt: global capitalism is fast approaching its terminal crisis. 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 ...more
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Published April 18th 2011 by Verso (first published 2010)
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Zawn V
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Dear Slavoj,

I like you. In fact, ever since I saw a photo of you under a giant vagina, my boyfriend has theorized that I have an unhealthy obsession with you. You're starting to wear on me, though. Take a break from writing. Stop fantasizing about Lacan. Develop a slightly more linear thought process. Note: You can't do this in three weeks, so please don't write another book in three weeks. You write too much for it to be good, unique, or offer something new. You are hereby limited to one book e
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Donna
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ate the whole thing without a background in philosophy. I probably shouldn't have done that. I probably should not be writing a review at all, but I have to comment on the ride. I could have used more bathroom breaks, but the driver was very fussy about gas stations. He didn't want any of those places where you have to beg the man for that tiny washroom key tied to a 2 x 4. The end times are distrustful times, so the log of shame knows no bounds. This meant I had to hold my pee a lot.
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Gorkem
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zizek sevdiğim bir felsefeci. Okuması zor olan kavramlarına belli bir akademik geçmiş birikim doğrultusunda, size bilindik temaları çokboyutlu gösterebiliyor. Fakat Ahir Zamanlarda Yaşarken, her ne kadar çok hızlı bitirmiş olsam da, yazarın bahsetmiş olduğu konseptlerin artık bayat ve aşırı bir populist bir yaklaşım içinde yazdığını düşünüyorum. Fakat, gene de kültürel, politik, ekonomik ve psiko-sosyolojik olarak yorumlar ilginçti.
Vikas Lather
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The God we get here is rather like the one in the Bolshevik joke about a talented Communist propagandist who, after his death, finds himself sent to Hell. He quickly sets about convincing the guards to let him go to Heaven. When the Devil notices his absence, he pays a visit to God, to demand that the propagandist be returned to Hell. However, as soon as the Devil begins his address, starting with "My Lord . . .," God interrupts him, saying: "First, I am not your Lord but a comrade. Second, are ...more
and
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Badiou has reflected on the fact that we live in a social space which is progressively experienced as "worldless." Within such a space, "meaningless" violence is the only form protest can take. Capitalism is the first socio-economic order which de-totalizes meaning: there is no global 'capitalist worldview,' no 'capitalist civilization' proper: the fundamental lesson of globalization is precisely that capitalism can accomodate itself to all civilizations, from Christian to Hindu or Buddhist, fr ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
I haven't read enough of Zizek yet to be as "tired" of him as some of the other commentators to this thread. Personally I find his style fresh. His eyes are keen. He can watch the most ridiculous movies. (Kung Fu Panda features in this one) and find some deeper connection to culture and what this says about our sociological interactions. He is very aware and in tune with culture which makes him interesting as a philosopher. I find him facinating. Not only can most people not make these connectio ...more
El
The basic premise is that Žižek's book deals with "the four horsemen of the coming apocalypse" - the worldwide ecological crisis, imbalances within the economic system, the biogenetic revolution, and exploding social divisions and ruptures. That's exactly what it says on the back of the book. Sounds pretty interesting. I thought, if anything, the structure of the book would be primarily about the "four horsemen".

Instead what Žižek did was structure his book based on the Kübler-Ross model. In oth
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David Sarkies
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Socialists
Recommended to David by: Goodreads
Shelves: politics
Zizek's View of the World
12 April 2017

When I read this book a few years back I wrote so much that I couldn’t actually put it all onto a single Goodreads post so I ended up putting half of it onto the post, and the second half of it into a comment. Well, that didn’t seem to work all that well, but then I discovered Blogger, and the art of Blogging, so I have since moved my original review from this site and moved it onto my blog, which for those who are interested in actually reading what I have
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Jonfaith
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
[T]he way to rid ourselves of our masters is not for humankind itself to become a collective master over nature, but to recognize the imposture in the very notion of the Master.

Inexplicably the last week has been one of Žižek. I struggled, slipped and regrouped to push through Living in the End Times. I find it increasingly interesting that the Slovene so often adopts theological motifs especially towards a Marxist Future: one can almost sense a crescendo of trumpets. I'm not sure of much, but t
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Anna
I am very proud of myself for finishing a book by Slavoj Žižek, as this has been an ambition for some while. (I’ve also learned from a friend that his name should be pronounced approximately Slav-osh His-ek. [EDIT: Correction to this in a comment below.]) This has been an ambition for years because much of what he writes is incredibly dense and difficult to read, unless you have a friendly familiarity with Hegel, Heidegger, Kant, et al. It isn’t merely that he references all these authors work, ...more
Dan's Obsessions
Well its quite hard , ie realising why not a single one of ma friends liked. or from those that probably would, has been labeleled in such a derog-downright silly kind'a'way.

Peerhaps in the end, my own mind, is also in the same mess Zizeks is, but he seems to be in the perfect way to decipher the current chaotic condition, our world has currently stepped in, not that he offers straight cut answers, but at least he gives it a few serious tries. Such a maelstorm of examples, ranging from one his
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Leonardo
¡Es mucho muy bueno! Si fueron siguiendo mis publicaciones estos días se deben haber aburrido bastante. Debo haber agregado mil libros donde en la reseña citaba a este libro. Es que este libro está hecho con pedacitos de mil otros libros. Zizek leyó un montón y sabe un montón. Todo el tiempo me fue pasando que decía: "Uy, no, no tengo la menor idea sobre..." Arquitectura, Arte, Historia de Camboya, Historia de Haiti, Rusia, Lacan, Freud, Marx, etc. Pero bueno, te incentiva a seguir leyendo y apr ...more
Liza
Oct 18, 2011 added it
I read it very fast, and while I was reading it I kept thinking, "This is just what I have always thought." Then, afterwards, I couldn't remember anything about it.
Malcolm
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
For the last few years Žižek has been exploring a set of ideas, some related to and developing Badiou’s notion of the Idea of communism and others developing an analysis based around the enclosure of the commons of internal and external life, of ecological catastrophe and of exclusion. These ideas come together in this book that is, in itself, a continuation of a case being developed through Once is Tragedy and In Defence of Lost Causes, but in this case he takes a different turn exploring the ‘ ...more
Oliver Bateman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Arranged in five sections that correspond to the Kübler-Ross model of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), Žižek's new book Living in the End Times tracks what he perceives to be the slow decay of postmodern capitalism. He's covered most of these big themes elsewhere (opposition to "tolerance" and liberal multiculturalism, disdain for "Zionist anti-semitism," practical applications of the "parallax view," distrust of European and US-style "democracy," and a need for som ...more
Maddy
The good parts are very good, but aren't the whole text. It is remarkable how readable this is, and yet how much Zizek does.
Liz Brennan
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slovenian philosopher exploring capitalism's demise. Very thought provoking. I am reading it in small doses.
Scott Gates
Ultimately, Zizek thinks there should be less democracy and more authoritarianism and censorship. As when he commends Venezuela’s Chavez for banning certain US programs from his nation’s airwaves because these shows were “morally problematic.” For Zizek thinks 99% of people are idiots, and thus they need help and guidance from government officials on what to watch and what to do. Yes, if you cornered Zizek on this he’d have all sorts of obfuscations and amendments to this, but basically he think ...more
Addie Schulte
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
een boek vol rake uitspraken, maar ook onzin, soms ingewikkeld, soms niet te volgen, soms simpel en soms eenvoudig. de onevenwichtigheid en levendigheid zorgen voor een nogal onstuimige leeservaring.
Mac
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the cover – front – of “Living in the End Times” is a quote from the “New Republic” calling Slavoj Zizek “the most dangerous philosopher in the West.” This was from an article by Adam Kirsch that was in no way complimentary – he basically suggested that Zizek is an anti-Semite and a supporter of terrorism* – and so it was fun to see either Zizek or the people at Verso having fun with this criticism.

I picked up “Living in the End Times” because of this article, actually. Anything so ardently
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Andrew Stone
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Žižek's book, which analyzes what he perceives to be the demise of late capitalism in terms of the Kübler-Ross stages of grief, is a typically stimulating Žižekian amalgamation of Hegelian philosophy, Lacanian psychoanalysis, film analysis, and cultural critique. Despite taking capitalism as its subject matter, it does this in a very loose form, and is more a wide-ranging and roaming cultural critique than any sort of rigorous economic analysis (though this widening of economic/political/cultura ...more
Elliott Bignell
Zizek has delivered a work filled with insight after insight, often quite startling. At the same time, he has wrought all these insights into a book that seems to have no central thrust and to make no forceful case. It's possible that this is a pointillist masterpiece whose overall form I stand too close to the dots to perceive, but the book was sufficiently hard going that I will probably not take a second look. Which may be a pity.

Zizek is sufficiently clear that one apprehends that he is a Ma
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C. Varn
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paul  Perry
I confess I haven't finished this book. I was fully determined to, but was unable to renew it at the library as someone else had it on hold. I hope they have better luck with it than I did.

It started off well. Zizek has a nice turn of phrase and goes at his subjects head on (whilst bringing in support from the flanks). At first he seemed to be writing with a clarity and wit that would make the book, if not easy going, than enjoyable, enlightening and mind expanding. However, by the end of the fi
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Donal
Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly meandering without any real point. Its like reading an adolescent showing off. There is no real structure to his argument, flitting from Marx to Lacan without really making a point. The passages on Marx's Capital are tired re-hashings with little or no new insight. The fact that he is correct on many points in the book hardly makes up for the lack of any tangible point to all this verbiage. Lacan's useless pseudo-Freudian concepts show up inexplicably with little explanatory effect which ...more
Irwan
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, finished
An ambitious book with analyses sweeping almost every current economic, social and political problems imaginable in the modern society. I cannot claim that I understand everything he said. At times it gets technically philosophical. It also comments on a broad range of topics, to the point that I lost focus on what he actually is suggesting. I suspect he suggests the urgency to promote the Idea (with capital I) of Communism to break from the stagnated, doomed Western capitalism. On the other han ...more
Alejandra
Primero vi algunos de sus vídeos y las ideas provocativas me convencieron de leer un primer libro de Žižek.
La expresión de sus ideas es compleja y obliga al pensamiento abstracto. Párrafos que requieren leerse dos y tres veces hasta quedar medianamente claros, lo cual no es negativo, pero sí un reto a la persistencia.
Este libro hace constante referencia a sus obras y a filósofos que una lectora como yo no conoce tan detalladamente. La exposición de ideas parece a veces desordenada, pero siempre
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J.
May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I find the same problem with Zizek that I have with Jameson--wandering. Here, there are moments of dazzling, laser-like focus, but they only last for a handful of pages, then he wanders off again. Ultimately, a third of this book will be useful to people who want interesting ways to think about representations of apocalypse (the reason I wanted the book), a third of the book will be interesting to people who want to think about contemporary real world examples of communism (not in any way my int ...more
Caleb
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like all of Zizek's works, I find portions where, because I'm not familiar with the discourse, I am a bit lost and not entirely sure of what the argument is, BUT when I am familiar with the discourse, I find penetrating insight, brilliant analysis, and even religious inspiration. Having begun this book all the way back in Scotland, I'm so glad I have finished it!
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Was on a Zizek streak at the time and picked up the hardcover somewhere upon day of release. Slow down and be sure to skip the hardcover and read the paperback which has some 100 additional pages. I do wish the man would put new material under a new title rather than expanding existing titles.
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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic.

He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (then part of SFR Yugoslavia). He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacques-Alain Miller and François Regnault. In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for P
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