Twitter: @zizekand (followed by 4 philosophers)
2020 to present
Average episode: 36 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: A podcast oriented around the work of Slavoj Žižek
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|2022-Nov-30 • 50 minutes|
For We Know Not What We Pod
Though we've been busy working through the ongoing reading group with Matthew Flisfeder on Žižek's For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor we managed to get together to do an episode on enjoyment and prohibition as it is developed in FTKNWTD. Peter talks schoolyard pornography, Michael lost his job and Jake is back, what more can I say? Thanks to Lorelai Gilmore. Žižek & So On Podcast Presents For They Know Not What They Do: A Reading Group with Matthew Flisfeder The audio recordi...
|2022-Nov-03 • 53 minutes|
UNLOCKED: Did Marx Invent the Symptom?
We're unlocking a Patreon episode from March 2022 while the fellas dillydally in the Big Apple for Žižek's first in-person appearance since the pandemic. In this episode we work through the now famous first part of The Sublime Object of Ideology and discuss Marx, Freud, the Symptom, and the Commodity Form. Enjoy! | In the mean time you can still join our on-going reading group, "For They Know Not What They Do: A Reading Group with Matthew Flisfeder" by registering your interest: [email protected] | Tha...
|2022-Sep-23 • 46 minutes|
Today we're discussing Zizek's 2005 book "Interrogating the Real", and his afterword on Lacanian ethics. | What does not giving way relative to one's own desire mean? How does Lacan's maxim on desire contrast with Buddhism, and its conception of desire? | Join us on our Discord by subscribing to the Patreon! | We've got ongoing book and film-clubs, and our upcoming reading series with Matt Flisfeder on Žižek's "For They Know Not What They Do", beginning in October. | https://www.patreon.com/zize...
|2022-Sep-09 • 3 minutes|
PREVIEW - Surplus Enjoyment
This is a clip from the full episode, available on our patreon. Today we're talking about Žižek's new book "Surplus-Enjoyment: A Guide For The Non-Perplexed", as well as an essay by him on the same topic. We touch on political correctness, surplus value, and the obscene drive of football. Enjoy! Listen to the full episode here. Also, subscribe to join our message board on Discord, our book and film-clubs, and our upcoming reading series with Matt Flisfeder on Žižek's "For They Know Not What They Do", begin...
|2022-Aug-25 • 48 minutes|
The Capitalist Gaze
This week we discuss friend of the podcast Todd McGowan's 2013 essay, The Capitalist Gaze. | As Todd explains it, "Although the structure of capitalism is not homologous with the structure of the visual field, thinking about capitalism in terms of the gaze follows from the apparent neutrality that both structures share". | Peter has lost a finger, Michael is sick and Will cannot remember The Usual Suspects. | Take a break, have a Kit-Kat and find the essay here: | https://muse.jhu.edu/art...
|2022-Aug-08 • 3 minutes|
PREVIEW - Content on Form
On this week's patron ep, we talk the relation between form and content. Zizek suggests that, "the very gap between content and form is to be reflected back into the content itself, as an indication that the content is not all, that something was repressed/excluded from it". For Zizek, both form and content are incomplete; form itself becomes part of its content. For access to the full episode (and many more), join our Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2022-Jul-28 • 60 minutes|
This week, the fellas talk through Žižek's 2002 essay, 'The Actuality of Ayn Rand'. For Žižek, Rand's over-orthodoxy to the capitalist ideal (unintentionally) undermines the ruling ideological edifice. Will has a haircut, Peter has a t-shirt, and Michael's roof is leaking. Subscribe to our Patreon for more content! https://www.patreon.com/zizekan...
|2022-Jul-14 • 8 minutes|
PREVIEW - Did Somebody Say Melancholy?
The fellas are back, working through Zizek's writing on the Freudian concept of melancholy in his 2001 work, 'Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?'. The conversation orients around the melancholic as an expression of postmodern ideology, the function of objet petit a as a lost object, and where melancholy as a political orientation finds its limits. This patron ep is a bit short, but cut us some slack, Peter is baking in the sun on some farm. Enjoy! | Žižek & So On Podcast | New episodes every week — Join ...
|2022-Jun-30 • 60 minutes|
UNLOCKED - The Beautiful Soul
UNLOCKED PATREON EP: Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? The fellas talk the concept of the Beautiful Soul in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, it's political position, and place in Zizek's work. Sartre, Anne Frank, and Neil Young come up too. For access to our Discord community and all of our other Patreon episodes join our Patreon: www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon Also, Mike won't shut up about our new website: www.zizekandsoon.com/
|2022-Jun-14 • 5 minutes|
PREVIEW - A Pascalean Wager
To hear the whole episode, subscribe to our patreon: patreon.com/zizekandsoon Just when we thought we were done with covid, it pulled us back in. Peter's got no mic. We're talking Pascal's Wager, freedom, Sartre's "No Exit", Hell (is other people), and scientific determinism. Thanks to all our patrons for your support! Today's reading is from Sublation Mag
|2022-Jun-02 • 55 minutes|
The Möbius Strip
This week the fellas talk Žižek's use of the Möbius strip. Žižek writes that "the Möbius strip stands for the basic dynamics of the order of being, for what was traditionally called the dialectical 'coincidence of opposites'". While working through the concept, &SoOn talks art, Top Gun, and Midnight In Paris. For access to more episodes and our discord, join our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/zizekan...
|2022-May-22 • 6 minutes|
PREVIEW - Last Exit to Communism
Yes, folks, Jake's in the house and Will is in the Hamptons (???). Michael thinks it's winter, and Peter's super(calafragalisticexpialadoshus). More importantly—we're talking Zizek & Communism, the contemporary political deadlock, and why we need a third (red) pill. Enjoy! We read from Zizek's recent article "Last Exit to Communism" from https://www.philosophy-world-democracy.org/articles-1/last-exit-to-communism He... to zizekandsoon.com or patreon.com/zizekandsoon for the Žižek & So On Podcast New episo...
|2022-Apr-30 • 4 minutes|
PREVIEW - Politics of Enjoyment
Our new Patreon episode: | A long-overdue topic, for an overdue episode (sorry about that). We're talking jouissance, the contemporary political scene, and the coming winter in Australia. Enjoy! | The reading for this week is Jodi Dean's essay, "Why Žižek for Political Theory?". | Head to zizekandsoon.com or patreon.com/zizekandsoon to access the episode! |
|2022-Apr-22 • 51 minutes|
UNLOCKED - Hitchcock
All the way back in our first episode we said we needed to do an episode on Zizek and Hitchcock. And here it is! This week we read "The Hitchcockian Blot" essay in Looking Awry. Along with this text, we talk about Rear Window, Psycho, and The Birds &... Enjoy! For the full episode (and many more), visit our patreon.
|2022-Apr-07 • 62 minutes|
This week, the fellas talk the Lacanian notion of 'the Gaze' as discussed in Todd McGowan's 'Looking for the Gaze: Lacanian Film Theory and Its Vicissitudes'. Join our Patreon for more episodes! https://www.patreon.com/zizeka...
|2022-Apr-01 • 5 minutes|
PREVIEW - Hitchcock
All the way back in our first episode we said we needed to do an episode on Zizek and Hitchcock. And here it is! This week we read "The Hitchcockian Blot" essay in Looking Awry. Along with this text, we talk about Rear Window, Psycho, and The Birds &... Enjoy! | For the full episode (and many more), visit our patreon.
|2022-Mar-23 • 46 minutes|
This week, the fellas are talking shit: subjectivity, the secrets of the Egyptians, and the Anal Object. | | Join our Patreon for more episodes! | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | | Website: | https://www.zizekandsoon.com/
|2022-Mar-14 • 3 minutes|
PREVIEW - Did Marx Invent the Symptom?
Join our Patreon for the full episode! We dive into the first part of The Sublime Object of Ideology (again) and discuss Marx, Freud, the Symptom, and the Commodity Form. Enjoy! Instagram Youtube Website
|2022-Mar-02 • 50 minutes|
Return to Freud
We're talking Freud's essay "Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through". How does remembering come to be replaced by repetition in analysis? Why did Tony Soprano fix Dr. Melfi's car? And how does Nietzsche's concept of eternal return compare with Freud's notions of repetition and working through? | Sign up to our Patreon for extra episodes, and to join our Discord: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | Youtube | https://www.zizekandsoon.com/
|2022-Feb-24 • 8 minutes|
PREVIEW - How To Read Lacan
All work and no play makes Jake a dull boy and now he’s back to talk Žižek’s book "How to Read Lacan" and the empty gesture. | Join our Patreon for the full episode: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon |
|2022-Feb-17 • 47 minutes|
Unlocked from our Patreon We're live with They Live—our episode on Žižek's famous interpretation of John Carpenter's wonderful 1988 film. We touch on Ž's points concerning "the glasses" of the critique of ideology versus the conventional notion of ideology—the rose colored glasses. We also think about the film as a Žižekian example, and push an interpretation of the film's alien beings as the "figure of" ideology. For more episodes and access to our Discord, join our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/zizekan...
|2022-Feb-10 • 3 minutes|
PREVIEW - The Beautiful Soul
On this week's Patreon episode, the fellas talk the concept of the Beautiful Soul in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit, it's political position, and place in Zizek's work. Sartre, Anne Frank, and Neil Young come up too For access to the full ep and our Discord community, join our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/zizekan... Mike won't shut up about our new website: https://www.zizekandsoon.com/
|2022-Feb-02 • 61 minutes|
Red Pilled on The Matrix
Unlocked from our patreon: | Welcome to the desert of the Real. We're talking the Matrix, and the much discussed new installment, The Matrix Resurrections. | For more episodes and access to our Discord, join our pateron. | We read this article for this episode. | as well as this.
|2022-Jan-26 • 53 minutes|
The Wheels Are Coming Off w/ Matt Christman
This week, Matt Christman (of Chapo Trap House) joins us to talk hinge points, the experience of history, and the impasse of electoral politics. Thanks Matt! | Join our Patreon for more episodes and access to our Discord: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | Micheal wants you to check out our new website: | https://www.zizekandsoon.com/
|2022-Jan-19 • 7 minutes|
PREVIEW - The Matrix Repetitions
Subscribe to our patreon for the full episode: https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon ... | Welcome to the desert of the Real. We're talking the Matrix, and the much discussed new installment, The Matrix Resurrections. &nbs... | We read this article for today's episode: https://www.lacan.com/zizek-matrix.htm | as well as this: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-muddle-not-a-movie-slavoj-i-ek-reviews-mat...
|2022-Jan-11 • 11 minutes|
PREVIEW - Žižek and Comedy w/ Jack Black pt. 2
Listen to the full episode on our patreon: https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | We're back with Jack Black. More on Lacanian theory and comedy, with examples ranging from the Black Eyed Peas to Philomena Cunk. We begin with discussing celebrity and false comedy, and later engage (again) with covid and conspiracy theory. We also get the dish on Jack's favourite premier league team, interpassivity and sports, and decide, once and for all, that the Matrix surpasses Blade Runner as the paradigmatic film for Ž...
|2022-Jan-07 • 57 minutes|
Žižek and Comedy w/ Jack Black pt. 1
This week, the fellas are joined by Jack Black, Senior Lecturer at Centre for Culture, Media and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. Oriented around Jack's new book, 'Race, Racism and Political Correctness in Comedy' (Routledge), we talk 'true' and 'false' comedy, the concrete universal, the Office, and racist jokes. Thanks Jack! Get the book: https://www.routledge.com/Race-Racism-and-Political-Correctness-in-Comedy-A-Psyc... Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackstblack
|2021-Dec-21 • 65 minutes|
50 - Christmas Atheism
We're talking Jesus Christ, Žižek's Christian Atheism, and Christmas. How do Christ and God figure in Žižek's work? Is God Dead? Also, the Big (m)Other. From the pod to you, merry Christmas—especially to the atheists. Thanks to all our listeners. | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | Reading this week: | "The Deposed God" from Disparities
|2021-Dec-15 • 57 minutes|
The Shark Who Shagged Me
This week, reading through Rex Butler's 'Slavoj Zizek: Live Theory,' the fellas talk the Master Signifier and Jaws, and somehow devolve into a Lacanian interpretation of Austin Powers. | Join our Patreon for more eps! | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | The Book: | https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/slavoj-%C5%BEi%C5%BEek-live-theory-9780826469953/... |
|2021-Dec-09 • 4 minutes|
PREVIEW - Neofeudalism or Bust?
For our patreon subscribers: https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | After a harrowing month, we reassemble to reassess the assemblage of today's capitalism. But first, have you seen the new Beatles doc? | In a recent article, Zizek has used the term "neofeudalism" to describe new dynamics of capitalism. We go back to the source for this terminology—an article by Jodi Dean—and discuss whether the term is more useful in diagnosing features of political economy than (a critique of) capitalism. Then we move on ...
|2021-Nov-29 • 64 minutes|
UNLOCKED - A Podcast Always Arrives at its Destination
For this unlocked patron episode the fellas discuss Žižek’s writing on Lacan’s notion of “the letter always arriving at its destination”. For Žižek, the letter’s destination becomes a descriptive model triad of the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Real, and how the three concepts interact. In this episode, & So On explore’s the subject’s interpellation and misrecognition, contemplates Moby Dick, and questions the actuality of the dental dam. | To subscribe to this and other patron episodes: | https://ww...
|2021-Nov-10 • 52 minutes|
This week, the gang discusses Zizek’s 2008 work Violence: wherein a girl gets a dragon tattoo, Pete gets mystical, and it rains again in Australia. For access to our patron episodes and to join our Discord server: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2021-Nov-02 • 4 minutes|
Preview - They Live
We're live with They Live—our episode on Žižek's famous interpretation of John Carpenter's wonderful 1988 film. We touch on Ž's points concerning "the glasses" of the critique of ideology versus the conventional notion of ideology—the rose colored glasses. We also think about the film as a Žižekian example, and push an interpretation of the film's alien beings as the "figure of" ideology. | To hear the full episode, subscribe to our Patreon: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2021-Oct-20 • 54 minutes|
45 - The Ideology of the End
For this week's episode the gang discuss Alenka Zupančič’s recent work on freedom-as-a-possibility, repetition, and The End. Jake gets a haircut, Will touches Marx’s chair, it rains in Australia and Pete has a lousy connection. | To subscribe to this and other patron episodes, and to join our powerful Discord server: click here
|2021-Oct-12 • 3 minutes|
44 Preview - A Podcast Always Arrives at its Destination
For the return to the patron episodes the fellas discuss Žižek’s writing on Lacan’s notion of “the letter always arriving at its destination”. For Žižek, the letter’s destination becomes a descriptive model triad of the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Real, and how the three concepts interact. In this episode, & So On explore’s the subject’s interpellation and misrecognition, contemplates Moby Dick, and questions the actuality of the dental dam. | To subscribe to this and other patron episodes: | https...
|2021-Oct-04 • 59 minutes|
43 - The Next Episode
The fellas are back—and are accompanied by a new member. We dive into two recent articles from the Philosophical Salon. The first is by Fabio Vighi, who charges Žižek with capitulating too easily to new forms of social domination with his acceptance of lockdowns. Vighi argues that we now live “in a neo-feudal inferno where our Lords enslave us in order to protect us, and protect us in order to enslave us.” In his response, Žižek charges Vighi with missing the crucial lesson that the “brutal reality of the p...
|2021-May-18 • 58 minutes|
UNLOCKED: 35 - Do You Believe In Interpassivity?
This week, after contemplating which philosopher f's the most, the fellas approach the elusive concept of Interpassivity. We locate the origin of the term somewhere in-between the thought of Žižek’s and Robert Pfaller. Referring to texts of each, we define interpassivity within the scope of Althussier’s influence in the 90s, as the immanent response/critique to the prevailing ideology of “interactivity”. We discuss a few infamous examples of interpassivity from Žižek’s texts like “canned laughter”...
|2021-May-13 • 3 minutes|
42 Preview - Death Drive
The lads compare notes on Freudian-Lacanian-Zizekian concept of the death drive. | For access to the full episode and many more: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lydBPm2KRaU&ab_channel=carrieunderwoodVEVO...
|2021-Apr-27 • 64 minutes|
41 - Das Neighbor
This week, we talk Žižek’s concept of the Neighbor. In contrast with Levinas’ ethics of the Other, Žižek understands the neighbour to be the site of a kind of inhuman monstrosity. We ask: who are we to speak, who are you to listen? | Žižek’s text: | https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/N/bo16265666.html... | For more episodes, join our Patreon: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | |
|2021-Apr-19 • 47 minutes|
40 - Slavoj Žižek Interview &... (Pt. 2)
UNLOCKED patreon episode: Žižek on the politics of psychoanalysis—with reference to Gabriel Tupinambá's new book "The Desire of Psychoanalysis", the limits of Lacan, the crazy philosophy of the Ljubljana school, women and Hegel, and his upcoming works: ecology and Marx (and Hegel), and living and dying in a topsy-turvy world etc. Then some final remarks on television shows and Rammstein. | Join us on patreon for extra episodes and a happening discord server: https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2021-Apr-09 • 78 minutes|
39 - Slavoj Žižek Interview & ... (Pt. 1)
Part 1 of our interview with Slavoj Žižek. Covid & philosophy; why we need "war communism" &... | Join us on patreon to hear more episodes, and the upcoming second part— | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2021-Mar-31 • 4 minutes|
37 Preview - The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto
Patreon Preview - Better late than never, we take on Zizek's 2019 book "The Relevance of the Communist Manifesto''. We discuss how the Manifesto falls short in diagnosing the antagonisms of capitalism in its current iteration, yet also retains its ability to open up a relevant critique of capitalism. The limitations of the text identified by Zizek are problematized by contemporary features of capitalism he insists are crucial for understanding our predicament today—namely, the problem of (the privatization ...
|2021-Mar-16 • 53 minutes|
36 - For Examples
The andSoOn crew lays the groundwork for understanding how and why Žižek uses examples. With reference to Robert Pfaller’s chapter in “Interpassivity” on Žižek, and relying on Matthew Flisfeder’s idea that materialism and idealism coincide in Žižek’s examples, the hosts discuss the exampling that supports Žižek's idiosyncratic style of intervention and analysis; and, how “the example” is ultimately what makes Žižek “enjoyable”. | This week kicks-off a series of future episodes that will unpack and treat spe...
|2021-Mar-09 • 3 minutes|
35 Preview - Do You Believe In Interpassivity?
We are back this week with a Patreon exclusive episode on the concept of Interpassivity. We locate the origin of the term somewhere in-between the thought of Žižek’s and Robert Pfaller. Referring to texts of each, we define interpassivity within the scope of Althussier’s influence in the 90s, as the immanent response/critique to the prevailing ideology of “interactivity”. We discuss a few infamous examples of interpassivity from Žižek’s texts like “canned laughter” and “TiVo”, and consider how interpa...
|2021-Feb-24 • 3 minutes|
34 Preview - Ideology and Antisemitism
Essential to Zizek's thinking on ideology is his denunciation of antisemitism. In this episode, &SoOn discusses how Lacan's 'pathologically jealous husband' is a key to understanding the true evil of antisemitism. | For access to the full episode and our discord, join our Patreon: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2021-Feb-16 • 63 minutes|
35 - Todd McGowan on Capitalism and Desire
In our conversation with Todd McGowan we discuss his 2016 book Capitalism and Desire. Todd brings us through what he argues is the essential role of desire in capitalism—not as something which is repressed by the system, as many have argued, but rather how capitalism perpetuates itself through the very structure of desire. Without coming to terms with this, he says, any attempt to formulate a new system, or find the exit from capitalism, plays into the terms capitalism lays out in the form of “the promise.”...
|2021-Jan-26 • 71 minutes|
33 - The Parallax View
Today we discuss the parallax, one of the fundamental concepts of Žižek’s project. Parallax is “the apparent displacement of an object” wherein the observed difference is not simply relativized, but rather inscribed as a gap into the relation between subject and object. We find examples of the parallax view in the Coen brothers’ film Burn After Reading, and Coppola’s The Conversation; and consider Kant’s designation of phenomena and noumena as setting the framework through which to consider the parallax shi...
|2021-Jan-12 • 3 minutes|
32 Preview - Coup d'wha?
A Coup d’etat? Unambiguously, NO. Terrorism? Let's think about why that term would be advantageous for the state to use. Insurrection? The right deed for the wrong reason. | Patrons: “We love you. You’re very special” | To gain access to the full episode and our Discord, join our Patreon: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2021-Jan-05 • 68 minutes|
31 - Politics of the Problem w/ Agon Hamza
On the podcast this week we interview Agon Hamza, the author and editor of a number of books, including “Reading Marx'', co-written with Frank Ruda and Slavoj Žižek, and “Repeating Žižek”, in which he contributed “A Plea for Žižekian Politics”. We discuss the situation in Kosova, the EU—eurocentrism, and the remainder of the Balkans—the “problem” of Politics, the “borromean knot” of Žižek’s political theory, theory vs. practice, communism, and alienation. | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | Hamza and R...
|2020-Dec-24 • 58 minutes|
UNLOCKED: 24 - Hegel in a Wired Brain (Part 2)
In this 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 its 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. | https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hegel-in-a-wired-brain-9781350124417/...
|2020-Dec-23 • 3 minutes|
30 Preview - Mad World: The Failed Catastrophe
This week, we take a dive into Žižek's new book: Pandemic! 2: Chronicles of a Time Lost. | Thanks for joining us this year, everybody! See you in 2021— | To hear the full episode and many others, join our patreon @ https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2020-Dec-08 • 4 minutes|
29 Preview - Philosophy or Psychoanalysis? Yes, Please!
Season 2 soft-launch: The boys are back with a discussion on a 2019 interview with Alenka Zupančič in Crisis and Critique. This piece brings us back to thinking through the importance of psychoanalysis for philosophy, and also opens the door to talking about the ontology of sexuality from the Lacano-Hegelian perspective. | | article: https://crisiscritique.org/april2019/zupancic.pdf... |
|2020-Nov-03 • 5 minutes|
28 Preview - The Superego and the Act
In this Patreon exclusive episode & So On discusses the superego and the act. How does Zizek understand authentic action within the context of the symbolic order, capitalism, and the superego injunction to enjoy? How does an act break the symbolic co-ordinance and bring about an Event in subjectivity? Jake, Peter, and Will take a stab at it. | For access to this exclusive episode and others, go to: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | | https://zizek.uk/the-superego-and-the-act/...
|2020-Oct-22 • 58 minutes|
27 - Event
This week, we take on Žižek’s concept of the Event and ask: what happens when something happens? | Join our Patreon for more exclusive content: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2020-Oct-08 • 4 minutes|
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. | For access to the full episode and much more exclusive content, join our Patreon: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2020-Oct-06 • 55 minutes|
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, t...
|2020-Sep-29 • 52 minutes|
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!
|2020-Sep-22 • 4 minutes|
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. | to hear the full episode and other extra content join our patreon at: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2020-Sep-15 • 53 minutes|
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. | | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | Twitter: @zizekand | https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hegel-in-a-wired-brain-9781350124417/... |
|2020-Sep-11 • 11 minutes|
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. | For the full episode: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2020-Aug-27 • 61 minutes|
21 - Avoid Your Symptom
This week, the fellas discuss two recent articles concerning the ongoing pandemic, “The Will Not to Know,” by Slavoj Zizek, and “Social Distancing and its Discontents,” by Matthew Flisfeder. Using the articles as a starting point, we talk: the idea of “protest,” neoliberal ideology, the disruption of the symbolic order, and how the virus compels us to enjoy in different ways. | "The Will Not to Know,” by Slavoj Zizek | https://thephilosophicalsalon.com/the... ... | “Social Distancing and its Disc...
|2020-Aug-22 • 11 minutes|
20 Preview - On The Toilet
Episode 20, a Patreon exclusive, is all about toilets. We discuss Žižek’s three examples of toilets (the German, French, and Anglo thrones) that form an ideological tripartite, each demonstrating different ways of dealing with the excrement of the Real. We also talk the austerity politics of waterless urinals and low-flow taps, “green” toilet paper, and how ideology permeates what we consider the most elemental and excremental. Take a seat, and have a listen | join our patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/...
|2020-Aug-22 • 62 minutes|
19 - The Subject Supposed to Object? w/ Russell Sbriglia
This week, we return to topics we discussed previously with Dr. Russell Sbriglia, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Literature Studies at Seton Hall University. We get Russell's take on Graham Harman's recent essay written in response to his book “Subject Lessons”, and get into the weeds on the debate between Object Oriented Ontology, and the Ljubljana school. | "Subject Lessons: Hegel, Lacan, and the Future of Materialism" Edited by Russell Sbriglia and Slavoj Zizek: https://nupress....
|2020-Aug-13 • 59 minutes|
UNLOCKED: 18 - Cinema: The Third Pill
This episode, we take another stab at our failed attempt to talk about Žižek and film. Earlier in the week we spoke to Dr. Matthew Flisfeder, the author of the 2012 book The Symbolic, the Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek's Theory of Film— but we did not record the conversation. So, in our second attempt to tackle this crucial topic in Žižek's work, we talk about Matthew's book, as well as "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema", the choice between reality and illusion, the third pill, Hitchcock's MacGuffin, the parallax o...
|2020-Aug-11 • 11 minutes|
18 Preview - Cinema: The Third Pill
An excerpt from our most recent patreon-exclusive content. This episode, we take another stab at our failed attempt to talk about Žižek and film. Earlier in the week we spoke to Dr. Matthew Flisfeder, the author of The Symbolic, the Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek's Theory of Film— but we forgot to record the conversation... So, in our second attempt to tackle this crucial topic in Žižek's work, we talk about Matthew's book, as well as "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema", the choice between reality and illusion, the ...
|2020-Aug-05 • 3 minutes|
17 Preview - The Bean Can of Ideology
In this Patreon exclusive episode, we discuss our evolving thoughts on the covid crisis, then turn to a post-op on the Ben Burgis interview. We wonder how formal logic could be given a Hegelian twist, via Todd McGowan's book, "Emancipation After Hegel". | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2020-Aug-03 • 64 minutes|
16 - Ben Burgis, Infinite Guest
This week, we speak to Ben Burgis, professor at Georgia State Perimeter College and author (and co-author) of recent Zero Books publications "Give Them an Argument" and "Myth and Mayhem". Our discussion ranges from the Žižek v. Jordan Peterson debate, to the state of the Left (after its recent social democratic failures), the difference between formal and dialectical logic, and many other topics. | patreon: https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2020-Jul-30 • 8 minutes|
15 Preview - Eurocentrism and it’s Discontents
On this patreon-exclusive episode we discuss Žižek's eurocentrism. For Žižek, Eurocentrism isn't to be understood as a nationalist idea, but instead as an opening for truly universal political and philosophical horizons. In this excerpt from our Patreon exclusive episode, the fellas discuss Eurocentrism and multiculturalism; and how a return to 'authentic tradition' is an effect of, rather than a challenge to, the capitalist economic system. Join our Patreon for full access to this and other episodes. htt...
|2020-Jul-16 • 3 minutes|
14 Preview - Lenin and McCommie
Patron-exclusive content @ https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | On this episode, we talk about Žižek's intro to Lenin 2017, as well as his 2009 book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. Our discussion focuses on the idea of communism, especially as it relates to Žižek's Lenin, as well as the included and the excluded, resistance and working through, socialism/communism, the universal and the particular, and some fucked up dreams.
|2020-Jul-10 • 26 minutes|
UNLOCKED: 13 - Spelunking Marx
Unlocked from our patreon page: a short follow up to our discussion with Frank Ruda. We run through the some of the points we found particularily interesting, and riff about the cave, the worker + time, Marx, and melancholy + nostaligia. | To hear more patreon exclusive content, visit: https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon
|2020-Jul-08 • 94 minutes|
12 - Marx in the Cave: Frank Ruda on Marx, Plato, and so on
Check out our patreon page for extra content: https://www.patreon.com/join/zizekandsoon... | On this episode, we talk to German philosopher Frank Ruda, senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Dr. Ruda is the author of a number of books, including Hegel’s Rabble, The Dash, and, the focus of today’s episode, Reading Marx—co-written with Slavoj Žižek, and Agon Hamza. | We discuss Frank’s essay in the book “Marx in the Cave”—a short circuit between Plato’s myth of the cave, and Ma...
|2020-Jun-25 • 3 minutes|
11 Preview - POWER, APPEARANCE, AND OBSCENITY
On this patreon-exclusive episode, we talk about Žižek's June 22nd article "POWER, APPEARANCE, AND OBSCENITY". We touch on the topics of populism, political correctness, covid, the current protests, and object oriented ontology. | To hear the full episode and to hear more content, check out our patreon: | https://www.patreon.com/zizekandsoon | Here's the link to the article: | https://thephilosophicalsalon.com/power-appearance-and-obscenity-five-reflection...
|2020-Jun-17 • 95 minutes|
10 - Sbriglia Speaks
This week, we speak to Dr. Russell Sbriglia, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Literature Studies at Seton Hall University. Our conversation orients around his new collection, “Subject Lessons”, edited with Slavoj Žižek. We talk Žižek, Hegel, subjectivity, and the “Ljubljana School’s” critique of New Materialism and Object Oriented Ontology.
|2020-May-12 • 38 minutes|
9 - Slavoj Žižek talks Hegel, Marx, and Utopia
This week’s episode of Žižek and So On, includes an interview with Slavoj himself, conducted on February 1st of this year. In the interview Žižek parses out what he calls the “post-modern deadlock.” This theoretical and political impasse, specific to the epoch of post modernism, is the product of a tension between what he identifies as the broad realist approach and the transcendental. In exploring this deadlock, Žižek speaks about the limits of Marx’s historical materialism, Judith Butler’s gender theory, ...
|2020-May-03 • 3 minutes|
8 Preview - Žižek as Sacrificial Intellectual, PANDEMIC!, and Communism
A preview of the upcoming episode, a patreon exclusive, where Peter and Jacob discuss their interview with Eliran Bar-El; Žižek’s newest book PAN(DEM)IC; Communism and his role as the “sacrificial intellectual”.
|2020-Apr-29 • 61 minutes|
7 - Eliran Bar El on PANDEMIC!, and the Anti-Anti-Zizek
This week on Zizek and So On we spoke with Eliran Bar-El (PhD), researcher at The University of Cambridge for Sociology. We discovered Eliran in reading his article titled “Anti-Anti-Zizek: Public Intellectuals and Global Pandemic” which is his response to the criticism regarding Zizek’s book PAN(D)EMIC!, his most recent work on the COVID-19 crisis. Eliran explains that the style of criticism surrounding Zizek evidences the uniqueness of his public interventions, and with reference to his background in soci...
|2020-Apr-14 • 4 minutes|
5 Preview - Off the Cuff on Postmodern Conservatism
https://www.patreon.com/join/zizekandsoon... | A preview for our first exclusive patreon content where we talk off the cuff on postmodernism, and upcoming guest Matt McManus' proposal for a thinking of postmodern...conservatism. The episode is our thinking-through topics relating to contemporary politics, postmodern philosophy (is it conservative?), Žižek's universalism, the pretensions of Neil deGrasse Tyson, and much more—in preparation for our conversation with Matt later this week. | |
|2020-Apr-09 • 42 minutes|
4 - The Sublime Object of Ideology
This week on Žižek and So On, the hosts talk the 1989 English publication of The Sublime Object of Ideology. Access to this complicated and great work is gained by way of the book’s title, as it denotes a synthesis of Marx, Lacan, and Hegel that allows Žižek to perform a nuanced analysis of ideology. Our reading of the book discovers in this new form of analysis, a connection between Žižek’s understanding of ideology and the ontological project at hand in his later work.
|2020-Mar-31 • 47 minutes|
3 - Todd McGowan talks Žižek, Hegel, Lacan &...
This week, on Zizek and So on, we interview Todd McGowan, professor of English at the University of Vermont. Todd’s thought centralizes on the likes of Hegel, Lacan, Freud and Marx, and he is the author of several books, most notably, “Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets”, and last year's “Emancipation After Hegel: Achieving a Contradictory Revolution.” His newest book “Universality and Identity Politics” is set to come out this July. | Todd also co-hosts a terrific pod...
|2020-Mar-18 • 55 minutes|
2 - Žižek on Žižek And So On Part II
The second half of our conversation with Slavoj Žižek in which he talks to us about love, jokes, examples, and the meaning of life.
|2020-Mar-11 • 86 minutes|
Žižek On Žižek and So On
Our conversation with Slavoj Žižek about his work, and the most pressing questions which are occupying him. | |