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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Slavoj Žižek Webchat || The Guardian





Slavoj Žižek webchat:

Asked - Do you think modernist philosophy has become completely unhinged from the love/pursuit of wisdom, as the Greeks understood it?


I think yes, it has become unhinged from the pursuit of wisdom, and I think it’s the best thing that could have happened. Wisdom is basically a conformist stupidity. The best embodiment of wisdom are proverbs, and with them you can justify everything. If you take a risk and then succeed, there is a proverb. If you fail, you have another proverb, like in our language, it is: you cannot urinate against the wind. That's wisdom. The ultimate lesson of wisdom is don't try too much, don't aim too high, at the end everything ends up in dust. But I think for example Christianity, and I define myself as a Christian athiest, Christianity is not wisdom. From a standpoint of wisdom, it is madness. It's the hope that a radical break can happen, we can be redeemed, and so on. So I think that all today's form of wisdom, usually new age wisdom, although they pretend to open up a way, to save us from our crisis, they only deepen the crisis. Wisdom is one of the names of our enemy today.









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