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Pandemic! : COVID-19 shakes the world

Author: Slavoj Žižek
Publisher: New York : Polity Press, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes and speculate on the profundity of its consequences? We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Slavoj Žižek
ISBN: 9781509546107 1509546103 1509546111 9781509546114
OCLC Number: 1164709518
Description: 136 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: Noli Me Tangere --
We're All in the Same Boat Now --
Why Are We Tired All the Time? --
Towards A Perfect Storm in Europe --
Welcome to the Viral Desert --
The Five Stage of Epidemics --
The Virus of Ideology --
Calm Down and Panic! --
Monitor and Punish? Yes, Please! --
Is Barbarism With a Human Face Our Fate? --
Communism or Barbarism, as Simple as That! --
The Appointment in Samara: A New Use for Some Old Jokes --
Appendix: Two Helpful Letters from Friends
Other Titles: COVID-19 shakes the world
Responsibility: Slavoj Žižek.

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As an unprecedented global pandemic sweeps the planet, who better than the supercharged Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek to uncover its deeper meanings, marvel at its mind-boggling paradoxes and speculate on the profundity of its consequences? We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to Žižek, a new form of communism - the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism - may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism. Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H. G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx), Žižek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.

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"An impressive feat... [ i ek] at his most powerful." The Guardian"Passages of beauty... a high-wire juxtaposition of far-left political theory and pop culture, held together by the force of [ i Read more...

 
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