Take a hike, with Žižek
Are you tired of the same old summer plans, repeating themselves every year? How about something radically different this summer? How about discovering three thinkers who explore the ontological fabric of life and its hegemonic systems of representation and reproduction? And how about doing this while discovering their beautiful country through 7,000 km of hiking trails?
If you answered yes to all of the above, get your hands on a copy Žižek and his Contemporaries: On the Emergence of the Slovenian Lacan by Jones Irwin and Helena Motoh, pack your backpack and make your way to Slovenia.
In recent years, the popularity of the inimitable Slavoj Žižek has perhaps cast a shadow over the collective influence exerted by Slovenian intellectuals on modern day philosophy. Žižek and his Contemporaries relocates Žižek as a thinker whose ideas are born of a specifically Slovenian context. Although only coming to international notice in the early 1990s, the Slovenian Neo-Lacanian school is the culmination of a series of intellectual, artistic and political movements inextricably connected to the quest for the succession of Slovenia from Yugoslavia. Featuring brand new interviews with three of its forerunners – Žižek, Mladen Dolar and Alenka Zupancic – this timely book details each philosopher's individual concerns, whilst shedding light on the complex genealogy and continuing development of the Slovenian school.
The perfect backdrop to reading about the Slovenian Neo-Lacanian School is the country’s alpine scenery and sweeping vistas, which you can explore through the many trails crisscrossing Slovenia. You might want to discover famous Lake Bled and its island church and hilltop castle, or simply spend the day at Triglav National Park, with its meadows covered in wildflowers. Of course you could also just enjoy a cool pint of Laško in the medieval town of Radovljica. But keep in mind that the experience won’t be complete unless you have Žižek and his Contemporaries at your side.
Žižek and his Contemporaries: On the Emergence of the Slovenian Lacan is published by Bloomsbury Academic on 19 June 2014. Buy it here.