I’m not convinced Žižek is genuine in a lot of his critiques. Maybe he relishes in being a bit of a gadfly? I do, however, always come away from his talks and writing reconsidering my own positions on a given issue, which is why I still pay attention to his work. This recent lecture is interesting:
Slavoj Žižek. Public open lecture for the students of the Division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought, June 17th, 2018.
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian-born philosopher and psychoanalyst. He is a professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School / EGS, a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, and founder and president of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Ljubljana. Aside from these appointments, Žižek tirelessly gives lectures around the globe and is often described as “the Elvis of cultural theory”. Although, more seriously, as British critical theorist Terry Eagleton confers, Žižek is the “most formidably brilliant” theorist to have emerged from Europe in decades. Many, in fact, now consider Žižek to be “the most dangerous philosopher in the West.”
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Your first comment interests me. What strikes you about him that is insincere?