THE COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS

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The Courage Of Hopelessness

Author : Slavoj Zizek
ISBN : 9781612197074
Genre : Philosophy
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In THE COURAGE OF HOPELESSNESS, maverick philosopher Slavoj Zizek returns to explore today's ideological, political and economic battles, and asks whether radical change is possible. In these troubled times, even the most pessimistic diagnosis of our future ends with an uplifting hint that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Yet, argues Slavoj Zizek, it is only when we have admitted to ourselves that our situation is completely hopeless - that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of a train - that fundamental change can be brought about.
Category: Philosophy

Event

Author : Slavoj Zizek
ISBN : 1846146267
Genre : Philosophy
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What is really happening when something happens? In the second in a new series of accessible, commute-length books of original thought, Slavoj Žižek, one of the world's greatest living philosophers, examines the new and highly-contested concept of Event. An Event can be an occurrence that shatters ordinary life, a radical political rupture, the emergence of a religious belief, the rise of a new art form, or an intense experience such as falling in love. After an event, nothing remains the same even if there are no obvious large changes. Taking us on a trip which stops at different definitions of Event, Žižek addresses fundamental questions such as: How much are we agents of our own fates? Which conditions must be met for us to perceive something as really existing? In a world that's constantly changing, is anything new really happening? Drawing on references from Plato to arthouse cinema, the Big Bang to Buddhism, Event is a journey into philosophy at its most exciting and elementary.
Category: Philosophy

Against The Double Blackmail

Author : Slavoj Žižek
ISBN : 9780241278857
Genre : Philosophy
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Today, hundreds of thousands of people, desperate to escape war, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe. Our response from our protected European standpoint, argues Slavoj Zizek, offers two versions of ideological blackmail: either we open our doors as widely as possible; or we try to pull up the drawbridge. Both solutions are bad, states Zizek. They merely prolong the problem, rather than tackling it. The refugee crisis also presents an opportunity, a unique chance for Europe to redefine itself: but, if we are to do so, we have to start raising unpleasant and difficult questions. We must also acknowledge that large migrations are our future: only then can we commit to a carefully prepared process of change, one founded not on a community that see the excluded as a threat, but one that takes as its basis the shared substance of our social being. The only way, in other words, to get to the heart of one of the greatest issues confronting Europe today is to insist on the global solidarity of the exploited and oppressed. Maybe such solidarity is a utopia. But, warns Zizek, if we don't engage in it, then we are really lost. And we will deserve to be lost.
Category: Philosophy

Like A Thief In Broad Daylight

Author : Slavoj Žižek
ISBN : 9780241364307
Genre : Philosophy
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In recent years, techno-scientific progress has started to utterly transform our world - changing it almost beyond recognition. In this extraordinary new book, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek turns to look at the brave new world of Big Tech, revealing how, with each new wave of innovation, we find ourselves moving closer and closer to a bizarrely literal realisation of Marx's prediction that 'all that is solid melts into air.' With the automation of work, the virtualisation of money, the dissipation of class communities and the rise of immaterial, intellectual labour, the global capitalist edifice is beginning to crumble, more quickly than ever before-and it is now on the verge of vanishing entirely. But what will come next? Against a backdrop of constant socio-technological upheaval, how could any kind of authentic change take place? In such a context, Zizek argues, there can be no great social triumph-lasting revolution has already come into the scene, like a thief in broad daylight, stealing into sight right before our ever eyes. What we must do now is wake up and see it. Urgent as ever, Like a Thief in Broad Daylight illuminates the new dangers as well as the radical possibilities thrown up by today's technological and scientific advances, and their electrifying implications for us all.
Category: Philosophy

Public Space Unbound

Author : Sabine Knierbein
ISBN : 9781315449180
Genre : Architecture
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Through an exploration of emancipation in recent processes of capitalist urbanization, this book argues the political is enacted through the everyday practices of publics producing space. This suggests democracy is a spatial practice rather than an abstract professional field organized by institutions, politicians and movements. Public Space Unbound brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars to examine spaces, conditions and circumstances in which emancipatory practices impact the everyday life of citizens. We ask: How do emancipatory practices relate with public space under ‘post-political conditions’? In a time when democracy, solidarity and utopias are in crisis, we argue that productive emancipatory claims already exist in the lived space of everyday life rather than in the expectation of urban revolution and future progress.
Category: Architecture

The Courage To Become

Author : Paul Kurtz
ISBN : 0275958973
Genre : Philosophy
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Provides a defence of the humanist alternative to religion, rejecting both religious spirituality and nihilism. This work outlines the basic virtues of the secular humanist outlook, including courage, cognition and moral caring, and includes a philosophy for the individual and the community.
Category: Philosophy

A Post Colonial Enquiry Into Europe S Debt And Migration Crisis

Author : Ranabir Samaddar
ISBN : 9789811022128
Genre : Social Science
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This important and topical volume is composed around the debt and migration crisis in Europe in 2015 (known as the Greece crisis), and written almost concurrently as the two crises developed in quick succession. The central argument here is that Europe’s present crisis suggests a post-colonial bind, or to put in stronger terms, a post-colonial destiny of Europe. The European situation bears remarkable similarity with the post-colonial condition elsewhere in the world and suggests a strong bond between Europe’s present situation and the post-colonial bind in which much of the world finds itself. The purpose of this volume is to examine in the light of 21st century capitalism notions such as debt, crisis, rupture, dialogue, mobilization, neo-liberalism, war and migration, and the old, never to be settled, question of ideology. The volume ends with reflections on Europe’s migration crisis, and reinforces the point that a critical post-colonial sense of history, accumulation, globalization, and the resilience of the nation form will help us reflect on the present European crisis, and draw appropriate lessons.
Category: Social Science

The Courage Of Marge O Doone

Author : James Oliver Curwood
ISBN : 9781421821948
Genre : Literary Collections
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If you had stood there in the edge of the bleak spruce forest, with the wind moaning dismally through the twisting trees - midnight of deep December - the Transcontinental would have looked like a thing of fire; dull fire, glowing with a smouldering warmth, but of strange ghostliness and out of place. It was a weird shadow, helpless and without motion, and black as the half-Arctic night save for the band of illumination that cut it in twain from the first coach to the last, with a space like an inky hyphen where the baggage car lay. Out of the North came armies of snow-laden clouds that scudded just above the earth, and with these clouds came now and then a shrieking mockery of wind to taunt this stricken creation of man and the creatures it sheltered - men and women who had begun to shiver, and whose tense white faces stared with increasing anxiety into the mysterious darkness of the night that hung like a sable curtain ten feet from the car windows.
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Journey To Living With Courage

Author : Scott Reall
ISBN : 9781418577407
Genre : Reference
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Based on the Journey to Freedom manual, this study guide is about learning to overcome fear and facing life with courage. Like the other study guides in the Journey to Freedom series, this study will help people change the things in their life that keep them from fulfilling their purpose and living their life to its fullest potential. Other guides in the series include: 978-1-4185-0770-1 The Journey to a Life of Significance: Freedom from Low Self Esteem 978-1-4185-0771-8 The Journey to a New Beginning After Loss: Freedom from the Pain of Grief and Disappointment 978-1-4185-0769-5 The Journey to Healthy Living: Freedom from Body Image and Food Issues
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The Art Of Joy

Author : Tracey Armstrong
ISBN : 9781621366539
Genre : Religion
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Could your past disappointment be the source of your present trouble? Many people are living aimless lives, suffering from depression, anxiety, doubt, cynicism, and fear because of disappointments they have experienced in the past. Y ou may even be affected without realizing it--completely unaware that events that happened long ago are still simmering in the background. But you can find the strength to change the course. In The Art of Joy Tracey Armstrong skillfully uses the biblical stories of Sarah, the wife of Abraham, and King David, who both defeated pain and disappointment, to demonstrate not only how to cope with hurt but also overcome it. Now is the time to break the chains of disappointment and experience a dramatic shift in your perspective. Your eyes will open to: The fact that God has destined you to win despite difficult circumstances The telltale signs of unrecognized disappointment and the steps necessary to walk in freedom and purpose God's eternal forces of faith, hope, and love and how they are available to you now as a part of His promise
Category: Religion