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Slavoj Žižek: We Need Thinking

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Published on May 28, 2012

http://bigthink.com/

Slavoj Žižek answers the question, "Do you think science has replaced philosophy in discovering the bigger questions of life?" Philosophy is not dying, he says -- in fact, we need it more now than ever.

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 many more.

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Existentialist Dasein
We need more philosophers like Žižek more than ever
ocelot714
I love the idea of a philosophical renaissance, but we live in society that praises the kardashians.......so fuck
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Canny Moon
Žižek for world dictator!
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WiseLoneWolf kol
i love this guy lol
Ionut Pascal
Here I violently disagree... We don't need more philosophy... We need more Zizek!
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Colin Bradley
We need more people like this. Sadly if you are like this you are most likely ignored or treated like a weirdo. As a kid I was a Funny fish or a Silly Sausage and always talked to much, luckily for me I haven`t changed and I`m still thinking. When my thoughts become a train crash I know I`m close to something meaningful and worthy of the time I have given to Thinking ...Namaste
Cody Stabelfeldt
People are fucking dumb. Instead of listening to others and really trying see things the way they do BEFORE deciding what we believe, we'd rather disagree for the sake of its affect on those around us. Everyone gets to share their opinion and we think AN opinion is a reflection of our value and not a well-thought opinion.
GuySaysThings
I disagree. Sure, we shouldn't thrive on instincts, but thinking too much is dangerous, and it's not just some bullshit I conjured up, it's scientifically proven. Not all thinking is healthy, for example, ruminating, going over the same questions constantly and trying to find an answer to everything, constantly having your mind at work, constantly connecting everything, correlating things that have nothing to do with each other, thinking about things that really don't matter at all. Thinking is healthy, but being addicted to it can be very dangerous. Just look at Nietzsche. I now brace for the endless barrage of scathing replies that will surely follow. Feel free to call me an average low-life Neanderthalian.
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FlippzLog
Does his nose just itch 24/7?
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Graham Loines
I think Hegel was a Taoist... who never encountered Taoism.
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