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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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What is 'real abstraction' and why can't it take place in the 'interior' of the subject?

The trading value of a coin is an abstraction (because it derives from a consensus and not from the material value) and it is also not subjective (in the mind of a person), since it is exchangeable ...
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What is 'real abstraction' and why can't it take place in the 'interior' of the subject?

Interesting claims. Having not read Žižek, I would speculate: If I am presented with an opportunity to explore a territory, I could generate an artifact called a map. But in order to generate the map, ...
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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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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 is 'real abstraction' and why can't it take place in the 'interior' of the subject?

The rules of how you use money have the following effect: you ignore the value of the actual amount of precious metal in a particular coin, and instead you treat every coin of that kind as having the ...
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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 Lacan mean by signifiers presenting a subject for another signifier?

I think this sentence is a key: *i edited for reading more easy: signifies - SS, a signifier - R, a signifiers - Rs, a signified - D...(and this still looks as totally inconsistent) "It is these ...
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What does Lacan mean by signifiers presenting a subject for another signifier?

According to the article you listed, the article differentiates content from utterance, proposition from sentence: The signifier is the constitutive unit of the symbolic order because it is ...
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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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What is the Lacanian “Big 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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What are the most significant contributions Slavoj Žižek has made to the field of philosophy?

Unfortunately, Žižek is misinterpreted and misunderstood very often. He is famous but this fame is rather only bringing a demise to his reputation and work. This is why most people consider him only ...
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