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The Big Idea for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Introducing our May 2012 Book of the Month, Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism, by Slavoj Žižek. Žižek has been called "the most dangerous philosopher in West" for his cultural and political critiques and widespread popular appeal.

Today we're looking at visions of history and philosophy that we can learn from, across Eastern and Western traditions. Human beings have achieved an unprecedented understanding of empirical reality, but at the same time, we have no idea what "reality" even means. Is my perception the same as your perception? Is the mind distinct from the world, or part of it? How does thought arise from and interact with matter? 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 In the Shadow of Hegel: How Does Thought Arise Out of Matter?
    Megan Erickson Postcards from Žižek
  2. 2 Introducing Big Think's Book of the Month: A Masterwork on Philosophy, Cognitive Science & Physics
    Megan Erickson Book of the Month
  3. 3 Slavoj Žižek on Buddhism and the Self
    Slavoj Žižek Postcards from Žižek
  4. 4 You Are Not Your Brain, with Alva Noë
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
 

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