How I'm So Much Younger Now
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and Event: A Philosophical Journey Through a Concept.\r\n
Žižek received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Ljubljana studying Psychoanalysis. He has been called the "Elvis of philosophy" and an "academic rock star." His work calls for a return to the Cartesian subject and the German Ideology, in particular the works of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Immanuel Kant and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling. Slavoj Žižek's work draws on the works of Jacques Lacan, moving his theory towards modern political and philosophical issues, finding the potential for liberatory politics within his work. But in all his turns to these thinkers and strands of thought, he hopes to call forth new potentials in thinking and self-reflexivity. He also calls for a return to the spirit of the revolutionary potential of Lenin and Karl Marx.\r\n
I’m getting old - my God, you know. It’s horrible because I am, in a way, in a good sense, a pathological person, in the sense that for a long time, I behaved as if I was still young, like the future is ahead of me. I was never a so-called mature normal person. All of a sudden from pretending to be young, I discovered, "Oh my God, I’m in late 50s, now my 60s. I hate this.
I’m now like the proverbial woman who celebrates five times her 39th birthday five years consecutive. And I all of a sudden realized I cannot pretend that I will have time to do the big work. If I don't do it now what I really want to do, I will never do it, no.
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