In the Introduction to Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, Marx wrote:

For Germany’s revolutionary past is theoretical, it is the Reformation. As the revolution then began in the brain of the monk, so now it begins in the brain of the philosopher.

In his Prison Notebooks, Gramsci longed for a true ‘Italian Luther’ …

So I am pleased to announce that the new Luther has finally appeared amongst us: it is Slavoj Žižek. Neither German nor Italian, Luther has appeared as a Slovenian. How do we know? In Žižek’s latest work, God in Pain, the cover invokes our belligerent and sturdy monk with:

God in Pain is interesting for 95 reasons …

 

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