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Author: Slavoj Žižek
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2001.
Series: Wo es war.
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"Totalitarianism as an ideological notion has always had a precise strategic function: to guarantee the liberal-democratic hegemony by dismissing the Leftist critique of liberal democracy as the obverse, the twin, of the Rightist Fascist dictatorships." "Instead of providing yet another systematic exposition of the history of this notion, however, Slavoj Zizek here addresses totalitarianism in a Wittgensteinian way,  Read more...
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Žižek, Slavoj.
Did somebody say totalitarianism?
London ; New York : Verso, 2001
(OCoLC)606478258
Online version:
Žižek, Slavoj.
Did somebody say totalitarianism?
London ; New York : Verso, 2001
(OCoLC)609248692
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Slavoj Žižek
ISBN: 1859847927 9781859847923
OCLC Number: 44732292
Description: vi, 280 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: The myth and its vicissitudes --
Hitler as ironist? --
When the party commits suicide --
Melancholy and the act.
Series Title: Wo es war.
Responsibility: Slavoj Žižek.

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As debates over the Holocaust and Stalinism reappear in the wake of new examples of ethnic and religious fundamentalisms, controversial philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines our idea of "totalitarianism"  Read more...

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"The ferociously productive Slovenian philosopher now takes up one of those heavy, predictable, unpromising topics--totalitarianism--and manages to produce a whirling carnival of political critique, Read more...

 
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