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I discovered Slavoj Žižek’s work quite by accident when, wanting to check out Loren Singer’s novel The Parallax View from my local library I put Žižek’s book with the same title on hold instead. Usd to yen forecast Looking back on this incident now, after having finally gotten the chance to talk to him directly, the mistake seems like an act of fate. Famous quotes about life lessons It seems like fate precisely because seeing it as an act of fate fits well within Žižek’s philosophical system.

Egp to usd For Žižek, fate is something chosen retrospectively and retroactively. Rand pound exchange rate graph That is, our life is full of random accidents, stuff goes wrong this way and that way, but at certain moments we can stop, think it over, and say to ourselves “Ah ha, that one time when I read Žižek’s book by accident, that was fate.” Or, to use a different example, Žižek agrees with Jorge Luis Borges’ essay “ Kafka and His Precursors.”

Borges said that it is only possible to discover the true antecedents of Kafka, to find the common themes and techniques in various earlier works, the themes and techniques that Kafka adopted and adapted into his own projects, if we first know Kafka. Pound to dollar exchange rate graph That is, Kafka created his precursors through his own work. 1 usd to rm malaysia It is only after Kafka that Kierkegaard, Zeno, Browning, and others can be found to relate to each other at all.

In any case, I’d been wanting to interview Slavoj for years, I was even fated to do so, but for a long time I was turned down, either by his publicist or directly by the philosopher himself. Exchange rate mexican peso to us dollar Even when I could offer him some money in the form of future royalties from a small-press book that could be published based on the interview, the answer was still no.

The philosopher has always faced charges of sexism and of Eurocentrism from a certain type of liberal critic, but during the months leading up our fateful encounter the criticism and attacks have been intensifying.

In April of 2016 he was on Channel 4 to discuss the refugee crisis and he argued that the crisis shouldn’t be understood merely as the tragic consequence of Western intervention, but also as the consequence of an active fundamentalist political project in Syria. Best quotes about love and life This turned out to be too much for many to bear and in May, at the Left Forum, Žižek faced an organized band of protesters who insisted that the Forum had made a mistake when they invited a racist like Žižek to the conference.

But Žižek didn’t stop there. Binary compound His next scandal was born of the US debate around transgenderism and bathrooms. Dollar exchange rate to peso today Žižek published an essay in the LA Review of Books wherein he wrote,

…we can safely predict that new anti-discriminatory demands will emerge: why not marriages among multiple persons? What justifies the limitation to the binary form of marriage? Why not even marriage with animals? After all we already know about the finesse of animal emotions. Futures markets news Is to exclude marriage with an animal not a clear case of ‘speciesism,’ an unjust privileging of the human species?

Lifted out of context this reads like the ranting of a pure homophobe, but Žižek fanboys like me know to only read his provocative prose in context. Gender quiz If you read the whole essay it really is clear that Žižek is aware of the absurdity of equating homosexuality with bestiality. Gbp usd fx What he was really arguing with was a certain utopian postmodern ideology that seeks to eliminate all limits, to eliminate all binaries, to go beyond norms because the imposition of a limit is patriarchal and oppressive. Us dollar exchange rate in india For Žižek, today’s gender politics is false and utopian or, as he would put it, pulled from the trashcan of ideology and so on.

It was not the case that Žižek opposed the struggle of LGBTQ people, but only that he opposed what he saw as a phony liberal ideology that set up the terms of the LGBTQ struggle.