Slavoj Zizek: Philosophy - Key Ideas • Key Ideas • Books: A Summary He was born the only child of middle-class bureaucrats (who hoped he would become an economist) on 21 March 1949 in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia and, at that time, part of Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was, then, under the rule of Marshal Tito (1892-1980), one of the more 'liberal' communist countries in the Eastern Bloc, although, as Zizek points out, the freedoms the regime granted its subjects were rather ambivalent, inducing in the population a form of pernicious self-regulation. One aspect of state control that did have a positive effect on Zizek, however, was the law which required film companies to submit to local university archives a copy of every film they wished to distribute. Zizek's interest in the films of Hollywood was matched only by a dislike for the films and, particularly, the literature of his own country. . At all stages in Zizek's life, then, we can detect the insistence of a theme. Slavoj Zizek's Bibliography Photo credit: Kate Milford
Phone Story - Android/iPhone game by Molleindustria Zen at War Zen at War is a book written by Brian Daizen Victoria, first published in 1997. The second edition appeared in 2006. Contents The book focuses on the history of Zen Buddhism and Japanese militarism from the time of the Meiji Restoration through the Second World War and the post-War period. It describes the influence of state policy on Japanese Buddhism, and particularly the influence of Zen philosophy on the Japanese military. A famous quote is from Harada Daiun Sogaku: [If ordered to] march: tramp, tramp, or shoot: bang, bang. The book also explores the actions of Japanese Buddhists who opposed the growth of militarism. The 2002 edition of Zen at War was followed by Zen War Stories, which further explores the intimate relationship between Japanese institutional Buddhism and militarism during World War II. Sources Hakugen himself had been "a strong advocate of Japan's 'holy war'": Subservience of Buddhism to the state.Buddhist views on humanity and society. Hakugen saw D.T. Reviews
Free Science and Video Lectures Online! Table of Contents abduction (Igor Douven) Abelard [Abailard], Peter (Peter King) Abhidharma (Noa Ronkin) abilities (John Maier) Abner of Burgos (Shalom Sadik) Abrabanel, Judah (Aaron Hughes) abstract objects (Gideon Rosen) accidental properties — see essential vs. accidental properties action (George Wilson and Samuel Shpall) action-based theories of perception (Robert Briscoe and Rick Grush) action at a distance — see quantum mechanics: action at a distance in actualism (Christopher Menzel) adaptationism (Steven Hecht Orzack and Patrick Forber) Addams, Jane (Maurice Hamington) Adorno, Theodor W. (Lambert Zuidervaart) advance directives (Agnieszka Jaworska) Aegidius Romanus — see Giles of Rome Aenesidemus — see skepticism: ancient aesthetic, concept of the (James Shelley) aesthetics aesthetics of the everyday (Yuriko Saito) affirmative action (Robert Fullinwider) Africana Philosophy (Lucius T. Outlaw Jr.) B [jump to top] C [jump to top] D [jump to top] Damian, Peter (Toivo J.
SLAVOJ ZIZEK, God Without the Sacred: The Book of Job, The First Critique of Ideology Kyle Minor The latest installment in the New York Public Library’s Three Faiths Exhibition (some of which is available online here) is a 106 minute lecture by Slavoj Zizek which is among the most plainspoken and accessible Slavoj Zizek lectures I’ve ever heard (click here for the lecture). The St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in New York maintains (or at least used to maintain) the custom of inviting a stranger, often a non-Christian one, to deliver a sermon once each year. An early provocation in Zizek’s address is the intentional oversimplification that without religion, good people would do good things and bad people would do bad things, but only under the sanction of religion will good people do bad things.
Children on the frontlines: the e-waste epidemic in Africa A boy pushing a shopping cart load of wires going for burning in the Agbogbloshie ghetto in Accra, Ghana. Photo by: Kwei Quartey. In Agbogbloshie, a slum outside the capital city of Accra, Ghana, tons of electronic waste lies smoldering in toxic piles. Children make their way through this dangerous environment, desperate to strip even a few ounces of copper, aluminum, brass, and zinc from worn-out electronics originating from the United States and Europe. "The smell alone will drive all but the most desperate away, but many are so desperate they persevere despite the obvious dangers. Electronic waste (e-waste), or worn-out electrical equipment, includes television sets, computers, phones, personal electronic devices, and refrigerators. "I visited Agbogbloshie in June," says Dr. "I met many of these children in Accra during these walks, and hung out with some of them," says Quartey, "kids with wisdom beyond their years. Yet these children are at grave risk. Kwei Quartey: They could be.
They Live They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as "Nada", who discovers the ruling class are in fact aliens concealing their appearance and manipulating people to spend money, breed and accept the status quo with subliminal messages in mass media. Plot Nada discovers the sunglasses are special. Nada returns to the alley, where he finds the garbage can that he hid the other glasses empty. There, Nada and Frank are given special contact lenses to replace their sunglasses. Cast Production Development The more political elements of the film are derived from Carpenter's growing distaste with the ever-increasing commercialization of 1980s popular culture and politics. Casting After a budget of approximately three million dollars was raised, Carpenter began casting the film. Filming Reception Critical response
An updated recommended reading list. Any thoughts or suggestions? : philosophy Zizek and Narcissism 1 Madness isn't the Only Option: On Zizek’s Resignation to Narcissistic Politics by William Earnest [This paper is relatively long, 25 pages, and some readers may find it more convenient to download the .pdf file. In his writings Zizek addresses an array of themes, and does so with an erudite enthusiasm that is both refreshing and dizzying. In the following I present extended case examples to remedy this lack. Limiting Self-Contentment As a point of departure I begin with a passage in The Ticklish Subject where Zizek does refer to a clinical case. the radical dimension of the death drive - the fact that the excess of the Will over a mere self-contented satisfaction is always mediated by the 'nihilistic' stubborn attachment to Nothingness. In this passage Zizek enlists the death drive to break up the embrace of conformity, but with an important moderation. The Kris Case Zizek does not give a citation for the Kris case. I don’t wish to completely deny the validity of that objection.
Where does e-waste end up? According to the US EPA, more than 4.6 million tonnes of e-waste ended up in US landfills in 2000. Toxic chemicals in electronics products can leach into the land over time or are released into the atmosphere, impacting nearby communities and the environment. In many European countries, regulations have been introduced to prevent electronic waste being dumped in landfills due to its hazardous content. However, the practice still continues in many countries. This releases heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury into the air and ashes. Reuse A good way to increase a product's lifespan. Recycle Although recycling can be a good way to reuse the raw materials in a product, the hazardous chemicals in e-waste mean that electronics can harm workers in the recycling yards, as well as their neighbouring communities and environment. In developed countries, electronics recycling takes place in purpose-built recycling plants under controlled conditions. Export How did the trade evolve?
The Mist (film) Darabont began filming The Mist in Shreveport, Louisiana in February 2007. The director revised the ending of the film to be darker than the novella's ending, a change to which King was amenable. He also sought unique creature designs to differentiate his from creatures in past films. The Mist was commercially released in the United States and Canada on November 21, 2007; it performed well at the box office and received generally positive reviews. Although a monster movie, the central theme explores what ordinary people will be driven to do under extraordinary circumstances. One morning after a violent thunderstorm, David Drayton (Thomas Jane), a graphic artist, and his wife Stephanie (Kelly Collins Lintz) check the damage. Mrs. Norton doesn't believe their claims, and decides to go get help with several others, only to be killed by another unseen creature, which shocks everyone. David and a handful of rational survivors secretly gather supplies to flee.
International Journal of Žižek Studies Join the IJŽS Facebook group for access to updates, announcements, and discussions. As of October 2011, registered users at IJŽS numbered in excess of 14,000. Whilst this is very good news, the size of this cohort makes direct email announcements impractical. Launched in January 2007, IJŽS is a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal. With a desire to avoid "how many Žižeks can dance on the head of a pin?" For some, the notion of a journal devoted to the work of a theorist very much alive and intellectually kicking is discombobulating. Žižek is alive, which allows him to answer back. Žižek thus defies easy categorisation but the importance of his contribution to contemporary cultural theory is clear.
E-waste chemicals change workers DNA Context More than 50 million metric tons of E-waste (old and outdated electronics, such as computers, cell phones and fax machines) is produced worldwide each year. Experts speculate this number will rapidly increase well into the future. Currently the vast majority of this waste is sent to developing countries, such as SE China. The so-called persistent organic pollutants, or POPs, make up a large part of the chemical residue from E-waste recycling. DNA damage is one common effect when POPs interact with cells. Many recent studies report that the soil, plants and animals (including rice, fish and other food sources) near E-waste processing sites in China are highly polluted with hazardous chemicals released during the dismantling and burning activities. Researchers collected and analyzed hair and urine samples from workers and indoor dust samples for organic pollutants at two electronics dismantling factories in East China during July 2006. What does it mean?