Slavoj Zizek - Why Only an Atheist Can Believe
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Why Only an Atheist Can Believe: Politics Between Fear and Trembling
Calvin College, Michigan. November 10, 2006
Žižek addresses the complicated relationship between belief, or what we take to be belief, and our desire to see all. The lecture is followed by a brief period of questions and answers.
ZiZek was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He received a D.A. in philosophy from the University of Ljubljana, then studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris. In 1990 he was a presidential candidate for the "Liberal Democracy of Slovenia". Zizek is currently a professor in European Graduate School and a post-doctoral senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana. Zizek is the founder and president of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Ljubljana.
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Jul 05, 2008, 15:40:32
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After 2 hours I counted 14 basically's.
Please join my campaign to eliminate the tedious use of the word 'basically.'
Here is the reasoning::
The word "basically" is an overused verbal tick which demeans and condescends to the listener. It is at the same time a way for the speaker to inflate his own self esteem by flogging and repeating words that appear to emphasize personal knowledge.
It is a fault which has become, I fear, some sort of custom or accepted
Has anyone here seen Professor Erwin Corey?
A comparison between the two would be interesting.
As to the students engaged in this presentation they have a bright future in academia and will likely never have to stray far from it.
Jul 10 2008, 22:04 CEST
wow, that is quite the campaign you have chosen. it is good to have priorities i guess. basically, slavoj is not a native english speaker, he speaks at least two other languages. and you?
Nov 18 2008, 07:44 CET
Hardly to the point. No excuses accepted.
Basically is a meme of class and the meritocracy. Zizek's home is the meritocracy (the more degrees the better but still useless except to other mertitocratics.)
The meme has worked it's way through the culture. It is offensive and when I hear it, it's like I'm being tased.
I have taken this campaign all over. The meme confers class on those below ranks and so it has percolated through English and English speakers-- gits on cell phones, radio interviewees. It's verbal garbage.
Nov 18 2008, 19:36 CET