Slavoj Žižek is a contemporary leftist theorist. He is notable for his critique of ideology going beyond the work of Louis Althusser, and his efforts to rethink dialectical materialism on a more traditional Hegelian basis, integrating the insights of psychoanalytic theorist Jacques Lacan.
Critique of ideology
Rethinking of dialectical materialism
Žižek is known across the internet, even by people uninterested in his philosophy, for his distinctive and bizarre mannerisms. He speaks in a heavy Slovenian accent, and has a strong, noticeable lisp that makes his S sounds like SH. He sniffs frequently while talking, and tugs at his shirt. For these mannerisms alone, it is very much worth seeing him speak on video or in person.
Materials by Žižek:
- Theoryleaks.org, website containing downloadable books by Žižek
- "Slavoj Žižek -- Collected Recordings", website archiving all audio materials available of Žižek online
- Articles by Žižek on Lacan.com
- Žižek.uk, website listing articles by Žižek in popular publications.
Materials on Žižek: