Slavoj Žižek

Philosopher, Author

1949 –


Who is Slavoj Žižek?

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and a professor of philosophy and psychoanalysis at the European Graduate School. In July 2013, he was appointed as an Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea. He writes widely on a diverse range of topics, including political theory, film theory, cultural studies, theology and psychoanalysis.

Žižek achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, The Sublime Object of Ideology, which disputed a Marxist interpretation of ideology as false consciousness and argued for ideology as an unconscious fantasy that structures reality. Politically, Žižek advocates communism as the only alternative to the contemporary institutional arrangements. Although he considers himself a political radical and critic of neoliberalism, his political thought represents only one of two trajectories of a progressive alternative—either a return to the program of socialism, which Žižek advocates, or the proposal of an alternative vision of social arrangements, which is taken up by some of his contemporaries.


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Mar 21, 1949
Also known as
  • Slavoj Zizek
  • Slavoj Žižek
  • Atheism
  • Slovenia
  • University of Ljubljana
  • University of Paris VIII: Vincennes - Saint-Denis
  • Doctor of Arts
Lived in
  • Ljubljana

on July 23, 2013