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Can cruelty and suffering be justified if it might lead to social transformation?

For what it's worth: there's actually some empirical research around the question of which sorts of aid and intervention actually provide long-term solutions versus prolonging indigence/poverty/etc. ...
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Help me get this Hegel joke

First, "le sacre monstre" is bad French for "le monstre sacré" which while literally meaning "the holy monster" (thus the bad French putting the adjective in the wrong place) means "a public figure ...
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Can cruelty and suffering be justified if it might lead to social transformation?

ad 1) On the base of human rights there is no justification for the suffering of people. In addition, history has shown that the promise of a better future can be a dangerous delusion and invites to ...
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What does Zizek think of Bill Gates?

Žižek talked about Bill Gates several times, for instance: Slavoj Zizek - Bill Gates & Charity (YouTube) Is it true that only progressive billionaires can save humanity? Here are the excerpts ...
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Is Slavoj Žižek taken seriously in academic circles?

I don't really know, but my impression is that he is not read in philosophy departments at all, but is certainly read in departments of "critical theory," or whatever. I've never looked at the ...
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On Capitalism and Communism

I agree with commenters that question as it stands is unlikely to elicit good answers. Given the lack of context and the wildly spluttering, multi-limbed brain of Zizek, who knows? I will offer one ...
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Why does Zizek always jump to generalizations after describing a concrete example?

"I would like to begin with an almost narcissistic reflection. Why do I resort so often to examples from popular culture? The simple answer is in order to avoid a kind of jargon, and to achieve the ...
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I'm looking for texts and talks where Zizek talks about Mimetic Theory of Rene Girard

There is some discussion of Girard in this video (discussion with Jean-Pierre Dupuy) around minute 32.
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I'm looking for texts and talks where Zizek talks about Mimetic Theory of Rene Girard

I found some references to these commentaries in Monica Germana(ed.) e.a., Apocalyptic Discourse in Contemporary Culture: Post-Millennial Perspectives on the End of the World, p. 52, 2014. Žižek ...
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Too involved with who you think you are

Zizek seems to be reiterating a criticism made against the adoption of mostly subjective attitudes. Here the historical source of the polemic seems to point back to Sartre's existentialism and an ...
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Questions on Peter Hallward's introduction to Alain Badiou's Ethics?

An event for Badiou: has no objective or verifiable content. Its 'happening' cannot be proved, only affirmed and proclaimed. Event, subject, and truth are thus all aspects of a single process of ...
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How to delve into Structuralism?

As Mauro points out, you'd want to find the central works of thinkers like Ferdinand de Saussure, Roman Jakobson, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Roland Barthes. The best text around summarizing what they ...
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Who is the Big Other, and is there a little Other?

Well, the examples you offer seem to be oppositions...East v. West, a discourse that valorizes belief v. a discourse that valorizes knowledge, and man v. woman. The “Big Other” is the symbolic texture ...
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Who is the Big Other, and is there a little Other?

The Big Other is simply the symbolic order as it exists for an individual subject (language, law, culture, etc.) And yes, there is a little other as well. The little others are essentially other ...
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Can cruelty and suffering be justified if it might lead to social transformation?

I think the question itself encloses a fallacy which is rather evident, but for some reason often skipped over: What is a positive social transformation? What is an ideal state? As in the case of ...
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What is a Master-Signifier?

I have read the article linked by Keelan. I am trying to grasp the term. I think the best way would be to try to describe it in my own words. So please correct my brief explanation if/where I am ...
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Questions on Peter Hallward's introduction to Alain Badiou's Ethics?

for Lacan, the foundation of truth-for-the-subject is the impossibility of unmediated encounter with the Real, whereas for Badiou, the foundation of truth-for-the-subject is its process of ...
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Readings of the Other?

There's perhaps something of hint of a meta-joke lurking in this demand for the original author of "otherness". Very generally speaking, the idea of the other (sometimes called alterity) is: (a) ...
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What does Zizek think of Bill Gates?

Ever since capital first made its face known to mankind, the question about its ruthless mendacity, its opportunism, and its amoral profiteering took centre stage of a debate that was ongoing till ...
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What does Slavoj Zizek mean by Hegel's reading of "felix culpa"?

"Felix Cupla" is the title of the third chapter in Zizek's book Event: A Philosophical Journey Through A Concept. I haven't read it myself but it looks like a good place to start.
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What does Zizek mean in this video?

He says in the video “There is nothing more dangerous, more lethal for the loved person than to be loved, as it were, for not what he or she is, but for fitting the ideal.” Zizek is a controversialist,...
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What does Slavoj Zizek mean by Hegel's reading of "felix culpa"?

I think he is talking about Hegel's reading of "The original sin" and the idea (from naive point of view) is that men are not good in the beginning and then they fall from goodness, but that they are ...
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Questions on Peter Hallward's introduction to Alain Badiou's Ethics?

All the contents of life, in gigantic variegation, are canceled, in toto, absolutely, by death. Ergo, an absolute contradiction. One can't experience death. Only dying. It is outside the sphere of ...
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Can cruelty and suffering be justified if it might lead to social transformation?

Can cruelty and suffering be justified if it might lead to social transformation, or to possibly establish an ideal state? It would be a coherent position to hold that, in the real world, no possible ...
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Who is the Big Other, and is there a little Other?

It's not who but what. Thinking about it, I have come to simplify the concept as something toward whose real or, most often, imagined expectations one makes appearances. Any religion, ideology, ...
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Help me get this Hegel joke

Hegel, le sacre monstre Sacre, sacred, derived from the Latin sacrare to make holy, to immortalise and to set apart. Monstre from the Latin monstrum, a portent, warning or monster. How can that ...
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What is a Master-Signifier?

Well, in lacanian theory all signifiers are intrinsically devoid of meaning; they rely on a signified to provide this. Think back to vocabulary tests in school. Signifiers are like the vocabulary ...
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