All Postcards from Žižek Articles

Slavoj Žižek was born, writes books, and will die.

  • Why You Shouldn't Have Sex for Your Health

    What's the Big Idea? Hey, did you know that sex improves your self-esteem? It's also linked to increased bladder control, reduced depression, fewer colds, pain-relief from the rush of oxytocin that precedes...

  • The Lost Art of Thinking Before You Act

    What's the Big Idea? Philosopher Slavoj Žižek is fundamentally anti-capitalist, and yet, the man who describes himself as a “complicated Marxist” also expresses palpable irritation at the idea that capitalists...

  • Why Tolerance Is Not a Virtue

    What's the Big Idea? There are not only wrong answers -- there are also wrong questions, says Slavoj Žižek, philosopher and author of Big Think's most recent Book of the Month. And sometimes the way we ask a...

  • The Optimism of Melancholia

    In this third video from our interview with Slavoj Žižek, the philosopher and author of Big Think's most recent Book of the Month answers the question, "Which summer film are you anticipating most?" Watch the...

  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Interesting?

    "We don't really want what we think we want," says philosopher Slavoj Žižek. It's a strange, almost exotic thought at a time when many of us are inundated daily with the prospect of infinite choice. You can no...

  • In the Shadow of Hegel: How Does Thought Arise Out of Matter?

    What's the Big Idea? Before neuroscience and quantum physics, there was Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. The 19th century German idealist revolutionized Western thought, and every great thinker since has been...

  • Slavoj Žižek on Buddhism and the Self

    The self is a disruptive, false, and, as such, unnecessary metaphor for the process of awareness and knowing: when we awaken to knowing, we realize that all that goes on in us is a flow of “thoughts without a...