In defense of lost causes
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London ; New York : Verso, [2017].
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Is global emancipation a lost cause? Are universal values outdated relics of an earlier age? In fear of the horrors of totalitarianism should we submit ourselves to a miserable third way of economic liberalism and government-as-administration?In this major new work, philosophical sharpshooter Slavoj Žižek takes on the reigning ideology with a plea that we should re-appropriate several ‘lost causes,’ and look for the kernel of truth in the ‘totalitarian’ politics of the past.Examining Heidegger’s seduction by fascism and Foucault’s flirtation with the Iranian Revolution, he suggests that these were the ‘right steps in the wrong direction.’ He argues that while the revolutionary terror of Robespierre, Mao and the Bolsheviks ended in historic failure and monstrosity, this is not the whole story. There is, in fact, a redemptive moment that gets lost in the outright liberal-democratic rejection of revolutionary authoritarianism and the valorization of soft, consensual, decentralized politics.Žižek claims that, particularly in light of the forthcoming ecological crisis, we should reinvent revolutionary terror and the dictatorship of the proletariat in the struggle for universal emancipation. We need to courageously accept the return to this Cause — even if we court the risk of a catastrophic disaster. In the words of Samuel Beckett: ‘Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’
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536 pages ; 24.
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English
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1786630796, 9781786630797

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Originally published: 2008.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 489-518) and index.
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Is global emancipation a lost cause? Are universal values outdated relics of an earlier age? In the postmodern world, ideologies of all kinds have been cast in doubt. In this combative new work, renowned theorist Slavoj Žižek takes on the reigning postmodern agenda with a manifesto for several 'lost causes'.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Žižek, S. (2017). In defense of lost causes. London ; New York: Verso.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Žižek, Slavoj. 2017. In Defense of Lost Causes. London ; New York: Verso.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Žižek, Slavoj, In Defense of Lost Causes. London ; New York: Verso, 2017.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Žižek, Slavoj. In Defense of Lost Causes. London ; New York: Verso, 2017. Print.

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