What is an event

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Translated from the English by Karen Genschow. What really happens when something happens? What is an event? Slavoj Zizek explores this old question by making distinctions: first of all, he sees the event as a frame, as a fall from man, and as an enlightenment. Then Zizek distinguishes three events in philosophy: the truth, the self, the universal. And finally, he talks about three events in psychoanalysis: the real, the symbolic, the imaginary.
From Plato to Buddhism to Shakespeare, Wagner, Chesterton, Hegel and, of course, Lacan, Zizek reveals the essence of the event in order to finally outline the central outline of an answer to the all-important question: What is a political event?

Review note on Neue Z├╝rcher Zeitung, July 21, 2015

For Markus Gabriel this book is one of Slavoj Zizek's better ones. Gabriel thinks that the Marxist Zizek sticks to his ideological criticism makes sense, even if Zizek's stuck to communism gets on his nerves. But that Zizek still considers progress possible, that he works out the "event" as the central moment in which reality breaks through the construction of our perception of the world, that Gabriel finds right and important: Because the reviewer does not like the increasing denial either human freedom through neuroscience and neurophilosophy, which foster an ideology of irresponsibility in which there is no longer an I or a self, but only nature and the brain.

Review note on Die Tageszeitung, October 7, 2014

For reviewer Arno Frank, Slavoj Zizek, who is prominent and gained popularity thanks not least to online video portals, is an almost ancient philosopher: a person in the tension between the public and the academic ivory tower, but eyed suspiciously on both sides. However, if you turn to Zizek beyond his entertainer qualities, i.e. his writings, things get more difficult, admits the critic, who is therefore very happy about this narrow volume of the Slovenian: This can easily be used as an introduction to Zizek's thinking Rate can be drawn and offers "Zizek in a nutshell", says Frank. Frank regards the fact that the philosopher does not simply try to answer the initial question of the title stringently, but rather uses it as a hook for numerous detours to address a wide variety of topics and problem areas, as a great strength of the book, as it leads him deeply in this way into the general philosophical arena.