States of Crisis and Post-Capitalist Scenarios engages with the crisis of our capitalist world, with a view to explaining its origins, unravelling its symptoms, and demystifying the anodyne corrective solutions so far proposed. At the same time, it endorses the necessity for utopian interventions aimed at drastically rethinking our social order. Organised around the themes of economy and politics, critical theory, and culture in order to offer an impressive range of thematic perspectives and critical angles, the book delves into the most pressing of today’s quandaries by combining stringent critical analysis with creative foresight. A rigorous examination of the current crisis of late-capitalist society, States of Crisis and Post-Capitalist Scenarios develops paradigms that promise to rekindle the desire to move beyond capitalism towards a different social order. As such, it will appeal to scholars and students across the humanities and social sciences with particular interests in social and political theory, contemporary philosophy and the crises faced by the current capitalist order.
Heiko Feldner is Senior Lecturer in German History and Political Theory and co-director of the Centre for Ideology Critique and Zizek Studies at Cardiff University, UK. He is co-editor of Writing History: Theory and Practice, The Lost Decade? The 1950s in European History, Politics, Society and Culture, and Did Somebody Say Ideology? On Slavoj Zizek and Consequences, and co-author of Zizek Beyond Foucault. Fabio Vighi is Reader in European Cinema and Critical Theory and co-director of the Centre for Ideology Critique and Zizek Studies at Cardiff University, UK. He is the author of Traumatic Encounters in Italian Film: Locating the Cinematic Unconscious, Sexual Difference in European Cinema: the Curse of Enjoyment, Critical Theory and Film, and On Zizek’s Dialectics: Surplus, Subtraction, Sublimation. Slavoj Zizek is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Professor at the European Graduate School and International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, UK. He is the author of The Sublime Object of Ideology, Tarrying with the Negative, The Ticklish Subject, On Belief, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defence of Lost Causes, On Violence. How to Read Lacan?, Parallax View, and The Neighbor, and co-editor of Hegel and the Infinite, and Living in the End Times.