The Most Dangerous Philosopher of the West Coming to Zagreb

By , 07 Jan 2016, 14:13 PM Lifestyle
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A stimulating philosophy guest coming to Zagreb, some would say dangerous. 

Renowned Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek will be a guest of Zagreb on Saturday, 23 January, where he will take part in the Philosophy Theatre program of the Croatian National Theatre. “The most dangerous philosopher of the West", as he has been described by The New Republic magazine, will be interviewed by host Srećko Horvat, reports Novilist on January 7, 2016.

A year after Žižek's visit in January 2015 brought a record number of visitors to the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, the prominent Slovenian social theorist, cultural critic and scholar, considered one of the most important philosophers of our time, will return to Zagreb as a second guest of this season of the Philosophy Theatre, which was opened in October 2015 with an interview and debate with prominent British actress, activist and humanitarian Vanessa Redgrave.

Slavoj Žižek was born in Ljubljana in 1949. He earned his PhD at the University of Ljubljana in 1981, and the other PhD at the University of Paris. Žižek is now considered one of the most respected and popular philosophers in the world, as evidenced by numerous books written about his work, as well as several documentaries and crowded halls around the world which accompany his every public appearance. He is the author of more than fifty books translated into more than twenty languages.

The Philosophy Theatre program was initiated by the general manager of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb Dubravka Vrgoč to attract younger audiences and to open the theatre to public debate and critical thinking. The program was started in November 2014 with the visit by the French philosopher Julia Kristeva, and so far the Philosophy Theatre has welcomed Italian writer Niccolo Ammaniti, a well-known sociological couple Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett, and the "economic superstar" Thomas Piketty. These "debates on the theatre and society" which "return philosophy to the theatre and the theatre to philosophy" have proven to be very popular with the audiences.

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