Distinguished Lectures Series – Ethics and/of Contingency

The Ethics of Christian Atheism

Friday, 2017/05/26, 18:30

Prof. Laura Marcus, University of Oxford

Public lecture offering insights into cutting-edge thought within the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Event organizer: Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Speaker: Prof. Slavoj Žižek, University of London, University of Ljubljana, New York University, The European Graduate School
Date: 2017/05/26
Time: 18:30 - 20:00
Locality: Room HS 220
Main Building
Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Berne
Characteristics: open to the public
free of charge

The "terminally depressive" detective Morck, the hero of A Conspiracy Of Faith (original title Flaskepost[Message In a Bottle], a 2016 Danish noir), personifies a unique ethical stance: as an irredeemable atheist, is ready to sacrifice his life for others at any time. Starting from this fictional example, one will try to demonstrate why only a radical atheist who dispenses with any form of the reliance on a big Other (God, Society, Good) can today save the emancipatory legacy of the Christian tradition.

Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is Professor of Philosophy at The European Graduate School (EGS), 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. Since The Sublime Object of Ideology in 1989, his first book in English, Žižek has published over 40 books, spanning from political theory to cultural studies and bringing together the influences of Hegelian idealism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist thought. His most recent publication is Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through (2017). The International Journal of Žižek Studies, founded in 2007, is dedicated to the study of his work.


Prof. Dr. Thomas Claviez, thomas.claviez@ens.unibe.ch
For all organizational details, please contact dls@wbkolleg.unibe.ch