Slavoj Žižek: Violence

In Violence, the first title to be published in Profile Books’ Big Ideas series, Žižek delves into the supposed ‘divine violence’ that propels suicide bombers and examines the hidden causes of violent outbursts, from the Parisian suburbs to New Orleans. Using unconventional references – Hitchcock, Orwell, Fukuyama, Freud – he calls for a forceful confrontation with the vacuity of today’s democracies.

On the day of its publication, Žižek defended his work at the London Review Bookshop, before expounding further on new ideas of ethics and morality.