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Revolutionary hope in dark times: Zizek on faith in the future

Boucher, Geoffrey 2020, Revolutionary hope in dark times: Zizek on faith in the future, Religions, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 1-14, doi: 10.3390/rel11050243.

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Title Revolutionary hope in dark times: Zizek on faith in the future
Author(s) Boucher, GeoffreyORCID iD for Boucher, Geoffrey orcid.org/0000-0002-2768-9958
Journal name Religions
Volume number 11
Issue number 5
Article ID 243
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-05
ISSN 2077-1444
Keyword(s) Zizek
ideology
revolution
hope
Summary In this article, I interpret Zizek’s recent call to “abandon hope” and embrace the “courage of hopelessness,” as a provocation to articulate a new kind of utopia, rather than an endorsement of despair. On Zizek’s analysis, progressive hopes are currently directed towards fixing the existing situation, rather than accepting that the things that we hope will not happen are, in fact, about to happen—unless individuals, at last, summon the political resolution to act decisively. In a context of the “privatisation of hope,” however, where social despair has already been weaponised by the alt-Right, it is crucial to grasp Zizek’s intervention not as the expression of a tragic existential attitude of resignation to disaster, but as an effort to articulate the formal coordinates of a radical alternative. I interpret Zizek’s commentary, in the context of his overall theory of ideology, as an effort to articulate the “hope of the hopeless,” involving a kind of faith (in the future) without belief (in miracles), which requires the formulation of a new social principle that does not rely on the deceptive promise of a guaranteed positive outcome.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/rel11050243
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30138160

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