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Slavoj Žižek on the Myth of Natural Balance

23 Nov 2009

In his new book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Slavoj Žižek examines the ‘four horsemen of the apocalypse’. Tonight he will discuss one of them – the threat of ecological catastrophe – and deliver a lecture criticising the ideology which has grown up around ecology. The notion that that we shouldn’t mess around with nature, he argues, has become the new opium of the masses and one of the most insidious and most conservative ideologies of our time. If we are do anything about environmental problems, says Žižek, we need to stop sentimentalising nature and criticise the assumptions of environmentalism. James Harkin chairs the talk.

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