Ideology isn’t in the Answer, it’s in the Question: An Interview with Slavoj Žižek

  • Ben Gook The University of Melbourne
  • Slavoj Žižek
Keywords: ideology, psychoanalysis, capitalism, universal basic income, ecology, China, authoritarianism, Occupy


An interview with Slavoj Žižek, in which he discusses crucial topics central to both his thought (psychoanalysis, philosophy, Hegel, film) as well as broader conversations over the past decade (capitalism, China, universal basic income, ecology, authoritarianism, protest movements).

Author Biographies

Ben Gook, The University of Melbourne

Ben Gook is an ARC Research Fellow in the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He was previously an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow Humboldt University, Berlin, where he was also affiliated with the Humanities & Social Change Centre. Publications include several articles, as well as two books, Divided Subjects, Invisible Borders: Re-Unified Germany after 1989 (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2015) and the forthcoming Feeling Alienated: How Alienation Returned in Contemporary Capitalism (Cambridge UP, 2020). A new edited collection is underway for 2021 under the (provisional) title Libidinal Economies of Crisis Times: The Psychic Life of Capitalism.

Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University, Seoul; Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University; and the international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London. He is the author of more than fifty books, including The Sublime Object of Ideology (Verso, 1989), Less than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism (Verso, 2012), Incontinence of the Void: Economico-Philosophical Spandrels (MIT, 2017), and Sex and the Failed Absolute (Bloomsbury, 2020).

Reflections (Non Peer-Reviewed)