Thursday, January 29, 2004

Ethics and politics

Irritant has a nice post on a conversation between Slavoj Zizek and Udi Aloni at the Institute for Contemporary Arts in London on Tuesday night.

I would have loved to be there, and to own a copy of Aloni's Local Angel DVD and book (with commentary by Avital Ronell, Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek).

Steven Shaviro wrote on Zizek's politics last summer. I would agree that he is a very powerful thinker - and not least because he asks such bloody good questions that it's okay when you can't agree with his answers. In December Steven also posted on Zizek vs. Deleuze - a must-read for philosophy geeks.

(I am also mesmerised by his recent post on the fiction of Can Xue and impressed by his charitable review of Bill Mitchell's latest book.)

James Hurley's Real Virtuality: Slavoj Zizek and "Post-Ideological" Ideology is a thorough review of Zizek's The Plague of Fantasies and a nice introduction to his philosophy and political theory, including his associations with other post-Marxists like Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe.

I also have to mention Latour's Iconoclash as an important intervention into discussions of contemporary ideological practices.

(And if anyone has ever wondered what type of philosophy I follow, this is the best reading list I know of. Not all my cup of tea - but pretty close. And good to build social and cultural theory.)

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