Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian born Marxist theorist, philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural critic. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana and Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University.
Žižek’s quirky style, popular academic works, frequent opinion pieces in magazines, and critique of high and low culture have secured earned international influence, controversy, criticism and a substantial audience beyond the realms of academia.
Žižek has been dubbed the “Elvis of cultural theory” and elsewhere, “the most dangerous philosopher in the West.” In 2012, Foreign Policy listed him on its list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, calling him “a celebrity philosopher” and in 2005 his work was chronicled in a documentary film entitled Žižek! There has even been a journal founded, the International Journal of Žižek Studies, to engage his work.
Never one to shy away from provocative conversations, he has been a prominent voice in the political correctness debate, arguing that it perpetuates prejudice and racism earning him both praise and criticism.