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Defending the indefensible

Social philosophy can be an anaemic business in this post-ideological age. But Slavoj Zizek's most recent book shows that there's at least one person out there willing to take the fight to the masses

By David Schneider   October 2008

In Defense of Lost Causes by Slavoj Zizek (Verso, £19.99)

If you had to put money on which academic would be the first to play Wembley Arena, you’d have to go for Slavoj Zizek. Once dubbed “the Elvis of cultural theory,” Zizek is the author of some 40 books ranging in subject from Hitchcock to Christianity, from the Iraq war to Lacanian psychoanalysis. As relaxed discussing Jennifer Aniston as Kant’s theory of the phenomenon, he’s almost too good to be true. Look at his background: born in 1949 in Slovenia, a country perfect for that outsider, slightly marginalised status every…

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