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Alenka Zupančič and Slavoj Žižek

Why is Sexual Difference Relevant for Philosophy?

Carnegie Lecture Hall

$10/$5 members & students


The answer is not what you think.

There are very few people who feel perfectly and completely at home in their bodies and sexual identities. There is a reason for this, and Freud was the first to point it out. What was, and still is, disturbing about the Freudian discussion of sexuality is not its “obsession with dirty matters”. Far more disturbing was the ontologically uncertain character of sexuality itself. To the morally sanitary Victorians screaming “Sex is dirty!”, Freud did not answer, “No, it is only natural”. Instead, he asked “What IS this ‘sex’ you speak of?”

Today, neither the bearers of traditional family values nor the progressive defenders of sexual identity have met Freud’s question at the nexus of philosophy, science and psychoanalysis.

Join us for a memorable and distinctly Slovenian affair with Alenka Zupančič, Lacanian philosopher and scholar on ethics, comedy, and love, and Slavoj Žižek, political theorist, social critic, and inimitable ‘Elvis of philosophy’.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“One of the most influential and indeed popular public intellectuals in the world.”

—The Guardian

“Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than Slavoj Žižek… One of the world’s best known public intellectuals.”

—The New York Review of Books

Presented in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center.

Alenka Zupančič and Slavoj Žižek on stage in conversation.