A podcast for people who are interested in the philosophy of Slavoj Žižek, and are looking for an entry point into his work. The hosts discuss his interventions in philosophy, culture, politics, and art—with special attention paid to his most recent books, and the evolution of his thinking.
26 Preview - Western Buddhism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Part 2)
In this Patreon exclusive episode, Jake, Peter, and Will pull back the veil of Samsara and chat about the limitations of mindfulness, whether meditation is better than a walk, and contemplate translation issues while Peter eats a piece of bread.
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25 - Western Buddhism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Part 1)
This week, we discuss Zizek's approach to Buddhism. From the first Noble Truth, Buddhism describes human existence as an endless cycle of suffering, and posits the path towards enlightenment as the severing of attachment, and the cessation of desire. From a psychoanalytic standpoint, Zizek emphasizes that, in contrast, we enjoy our suffering (as when we fall in love, for example), and that desire cannot be simply done away with. After discussing the finer points of a Lacano-Helgelian critique of Buddhism, the fellas get into Zizek's other major critiques of Western Buddhism; its associations with science and capitalism. Towards this, Zizek writes that Buddhism is perhaps the ideal religion for capitalism and for the CEOs of Silicon Valley, since it's prescription to withdraw from the world, and to see it and one's self as illusory, does little to change the system of oppression itself, and assures the passive acceptance of hegemonic realism.
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UNLOCKED: 20 - On The Toilet
On this week's episode, we get into Žižek's semiotic triangle of German, French, and English/American toilets. We discuss the metaphysical stance of the German toilet, the revolutionary posture of the French, and the utilitarian and pragmatic sensibility of the English toilet. We also talk about the waterless urinal, the austerity politics of low-flow taps, and many other excremental subjects. Take a seat and have a listen!
24 Preview - Hegel in a Wired Brain (Part 2)
In this patreon-exclusive episode, we take a second pass at Žižek’s new book “Hegel in a Wired Brain”, and further discuss the concept of the wired brain and it’s limitations. Other topics include poetry, Winston-Churchill-Heidegger, the status of Spirit and subject, the signification/meaning distinction, and how singularity can’t take a joke.
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23 - Hegel In A Wired Brain (Part 1)
This week, we take on Žižek's recent book, "Hegel In A Wired Brain" in what will be become an ongoing series. By way of introduction, we discuss: our animosity towards Elon Musk, Neuralink, the Singularity and the future of cyborg/human relations, and as always, the Matrix and the Simpsons.
22 Preview - The Real, 9/11
Patron Preview: our 9/11 episode where we talk the WTC, the passion of the real, the interior of capital, and conspiracy theories. Also featured: drones, the Iraq War, and Building 7.
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Excellent material to SZ
Looking forward to seeing how it expands over time.