Has the new Luther finally arrived?

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 …



5 thoughts on “Has the new Luther finally arrived?

  1. Except that since it is Žižek, reasons 15-18 and 37 and 47 are exactly the same, numbers 23, 67, 94 and 95 contradict each other, and numbers 10, 69, and 73 are jokes that aren’t funny, Other than that, I agree; he is exactly like Luther…

      1. “NOTE:
        We are proud to announce:
        This website has been selected by the State Library of Western Australia in conjunction with the National Library of Australia, to be electronically archived as an
        “…..electronic publication of National significance
        and lasting cultural value'”

        That is really funny.The British should send a gun boat there asap.


        Yep, Žižek ha interesting times ahead of him!!

      2. ‘It is perhaps of interest to note, that Western Australia was actually never proclaimed by Captain Stirling as British Territory, as was required of him under his Letter Patent.

        He only Proclaimed a Settlement (the Swan Settlement) in Western Australia.

        The Territory of The Principality of Hutt River
        was never, ever,
        British Proclaimed Territory!’

        Too late for the gunboat, since it would meet the wrath of the Hutt River Defence Forces – http://www.principality-hutt-river.org/rhrdf/

  2. OMG – Ž has finally written his “big book on Hegel” that he’s been hinting about for years: Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism. All 1056 pages are due out May 2012.

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