Books written by Slavoj Žižek


The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto

Polity | April 1, 2019 | 70 pages
No other Marxist text has come close to achieving the fame and influence of The Communist Manifesto. Translated into over 100 languages, this clarion call to the workers of the world radically shaped the events of the 20th century. But what relevance does it have for us today? In this slim book,... More Info

First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Verso Trade | June 26, 2018 | 160 pages
The leading philosopher of our time tackles the demise of liberalism, from the tragedy of 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown. Billions of dollars were hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the... More Info

Reading Marx

Polity | June 26, 2018 | 180 pages
Marx's critique of political economy is vital for understanding the crisis of contemporary capitalism. Yet the nature of its relevance and some of its key tenets remain poorly understood. This bold intervention brings together the work of leading Marx scholars Slavoj ï¿1⁄2iï¿1⁄2ek, Frank... More Info

Incontinence of the Void

MIT Press | September 29, 2017 | 400 pages
The "formidably brilliant" Zizek considers sexuality, ontology, subjectivity, and Marxian critiques of political economy by way of Lacanian psychoanalysis. If the most interesting theoretical interventions emerge today from the interspaces between fields, then the foremost interspaceman is Slavoj... More Info

Lenin 2017

Verso | July 11, 2017 |
One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, i[ek shows why Lenin s thought is still important today Lenin s originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. But, i[ek argues in this new study and collection of original texts, Lenin... More Info

Against the Double Blackmail

Penguin Press | February 23, 2017 | 128 pages
How do we respond to the refugee crisis - by opening our doors, or pulling up the drawbridge? Both solutions, argues Slavoj Aixek, offer ideological blackmail, and both are wrong. He proposes that instead we see the crisis as an opportunity- a unique chance for Europe to redefine itself and its... More Info

Absolute Recoil

October 6, 2015 | 448 pages
Philosophical materialism in all its forms - from scientific naturalism to Deleuzian New Materialism - has failed to meet the key theoretical and political challenges of the modern world. This is the burden of philosopher Slavoj Žižek's argument in this pathbreaking and eclectic new work. Recent... More Info

Trouble in Paradise

Allen Lane | June 20, 2019 | 196 pages
Despite living in a world of almost constant crisis, we still seem to accept that capitalism - a dangerously enticing, promiscuous, roller-coaster of an ideology - represents the best of all possible worlds. Alternatives, such as greater equality, democracy and solidarity, seem by contrast stodgy... More Info

What Does Europe Want?

December 9, 2014 | 240 pages
Slavoj Žižek and Srecko Horvat combine their critical clout to emphasize the dangers of ignoring Europe's growing wealth gap and the parallel rise in right-wing nationalism, which is directly tied to the fallout from the ongoing financial crisis and its prescription of imposed austerity. To... More Info

The Universal Exception

Bloomsbury Academic | December 18, 2014 | 464 pages
Slavoj Žižek is one of the world's foremost cultural commentators: a prolific writer and thinker, whose adventurous, unorthodox and wide-ranging writings have won him a unique place as one of the most high profile thinkers of our time. The Universal Exception brings together some of Žižek's... More Info

Absolute Recoil

Verso | October 1, 2014 | 440 pages
"In this major new work the leading philosopher Slavoj éZiézek argues that philosophical materialism has failed to meet the key scientific, theoretical and political challenges of the modern world, from relativity theory and quantum physics to Freudian psychoanalysis and the failure of... More Info

Žižek's Jokes

MIT Press | February 21, 2014 | 168 pages
Žižek as comedian: jokes in the service of philosophy.  More Info

The Neighbor

June 10, 2013 | 216 pages
In Civilization and Its Discontents, Freud made abundantly clear what he thought about the biblical injunction, first articulated in Leviticus 19:18 and then elaborated in Christian teachings, to love one's neighbor as oneself.  More Info

Welcome to the Desert of the Real

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 160 pages
Probing beneath the level of TV punditry, Žižek offers a highly original and readable account that serves as a fascinating and insightful comprehension of the events of September 11.  More Info

The Year of Dreaming Dangerously

Verso | October 9, 2012 | 142 pages
The renowned philosopher finds a utopian future in worldwide protests. Call it the year of dreaming dangerously: 2011 caught the world off guard with a series of shattering events. While protesters in New York, Cairo, London, and Athens took to the streets in pursuit of emancipation, obscure... More Info

Democracy in What State?

June 12, 2012 | 144 pages
"Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how do you interpret the word?" In responding to this question, eight iconoclastic thinkers prove the rich potential of democracy, along with its critical weaknesses, and reconceive the practice to accommodate new political and cultural... More Info

Less Than Nothing

Verso Books | May 22, 2012 | 1200 pages
For the last two centuries, Western philosophy has developed in the shadow of Hegel, whose influence each new thinker tries in vain to escape: whether in the name of the pre-rational Will, the social process of production, or the contingency of individual existence. Hegel 's absolute idealism has... More Info

First as tragedy, then as farce

Verso Books | October 15, 2009 | 157 pages
Examines the failure of liberalism during the threatened collapse of financial systems in the 2009 worldwide recession, during which large amounts of cash were distributed to save financial institutions without regard for other liberal objectives.  More Info

In Defense of Lost Causes

Verso Books | October 15, 2009 | 530 pages
Is global emancipation a lost cause? Are universal values outdated relics of an earlier age? In this combative major new work, philosophical sharpshooter Slavoj Zizek takes on the reigning ideology with a plea that we should re-appropriate several “lost causes,” and looks for the kernel of... More Info