Renowned philosopher Slavoj Žižek discusses his new book on events, detailing how they retroactively create their causes and why they explain the 21st century fear of falling in love. Žižek’s latest is Event: A Philosophical Journey Through A Concept.
What’s an event? It’s a difficult question not because we lack definitions but because there are too many definitions. In my book I focus on event in the sense of something extraordinary takes place. But with all this wide span of what we call an event I think an elementary structure can be described in formal terms. Within a certain field of phenomena where things go on the normal flow of things, from time to time something happens which as it were retroactively changes the rules of what is possible in the sense that something happens. It is generated by that situation. Of course it’s causally produced by that situation but in a way it changes interactively the whole situation.… Read the rest