Tools for Subversion: Illich and Žižek on Changing the World

  • Babette BabichEmail author
Part of the Contributions to Hermeneutics book series (CONT HERMEN, volume 6)


Reviewing the work of Ivan Illich, Robert Kurz and Stanley Aronowitz together with Heidegger’s technically economic articulation of standing reserve correspondent to challenging forth (the world, ourselves, animals, plants, whatever), this essay takes up “the thought of the weak in search of alternatives” as Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala argue for the possibility of interpretive transformation. In addition to Slavoj Žižek’s analysis of the resistance to revolution that functions as corollary to the existential stress of the dislocated mind, this reflection includes a discussion of media and illusion in the digital realm of Baudrillard’s ‘integral reality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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