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Slavoj Žižek

How to become free.

Agent provocateur and maverick of 21st-century philosophy
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On Freedom

Freedom. It’s such a familiar word, and a concept that most of us think we know well. However, do we really? Each person and epoch have a different idea of what freedom is. The concept is rather difficult to define. What exactly is freedom?
In this lesson, Slavoj Žižek begins with the paradoxes of freedom as he alights on the path to define its essence. In the first lesson, “The Concept of Freedom,” Žižek gives his own definition of true freedom. In the third lesson, “How to Change the Past,” he discusses the freedom to reinterpret the past and what it means. “Liberty and freedom,” he diagnoses today’s situation of radicalism, “corporate neo-feudal order,” work uncertainty, and more through the meaning of “liberty” and “freedom.” “False Peace,” he analyses why people do not take action to solve problems despite knowing what causes them. “Vladimir Putin's Philosophy,” he delves into the ideological background of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Slavoj Žižek

University of Ljubljana, Doctor of Arts in Philosophy
University of Paris VIII, Doctor of Philosophy in psychoanalysis
Former candidate for Slovenia’s presidency (1990)
Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers (2012)
Prospect’s World Thinkers (2014)
Author of The Sublime Object of Ideology, The Metastases of Enjoyment, and more

Slavoj Žižek is a world-renowned scholar and the most provocative philosopher of our times. Born in Slovenia of former Yugoslavia in 1949, Žižek studied philosophy at the University of Ljubljana and received a doctorate at the University of Paris VIII in psychoanalysis. He gained prominence for his unique philosophy which fuses Lacanianism, Marxism, and Hegelianism, establishing himself as a philosopher unrivaled in his width and breadth of thought, which spans numerous disciplines from sociology, philosophy, and cultural studies to psychology and more. His interests also run to politics, and he ran as the Liberal Democratic Party’s candidate for the 1990 presidential election in the Republic of Slovenia. Žižek, a practicing theorist as well as an intellectual, is a prolific writer and publishes two to three books each year.
His most well-known works include The Sublime Object of Ideology, Looking Awry, and The Metastases of Enjoyment.

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