Hermeneutics of Toilets by Slavoj Žižek: An Animation About Finding Ideology in Unlikely Places

in Animation, Philosophy, Politics | May 4th, 2016

It’s been part of Slavoj Žižek’s schtick for years. He’s mentioned it in talks about Donald Rumsfeld and America’s misadventures in Iraq. In lectures about architecture in Spain. In English-language talks. And other languages too. Maybe you’ve never heard Žižek’s spiel about finding ideology in the unlikeliest of places. Yes, toilets. If you’ve missed out, this new animation has you covered.

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via Philosophy Matters 

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  1. Tirab says . . .
    May 4, 2016 / 10:01 am

    Anyone notice that the word precisely is spelled wrong.

  2. DL says . . .
    May 4, 2016 / 10:20 am

    More the image of the German toilet in the video has it precisely backwards. The image shows a toilet with the hole in the back. A key point of the video is that German toilets have the hole in the *front*.

    See: https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=899&q=german+toilet+shelf&oq=german+toilet+shelf&gs_l=img.3..0j0i8i30l2.688.3037.0.3475.19.18.0.0.0.0.138.1727.9j9.18.0….0…1ac.1.64.img..1.18.1709…0i10i24j0i24j0i30.H4zpv9IrEx0

  3. DL says . . .
    May 4, 2016 / 10:21 am

    “More importantly”, I meant to say.

    Otherwise, great video. I’d always wondered what on earth was up with German toilets. Very odd if you’d never encountered one before.

  4. Philosophy Matters says . . .
    May 4, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Thanks for posting this !! from your friends over at @PhilosophyMttrs ! (LIKE us, eh?)

  5. mecboo says . . .
    July 7, 2016 / 11:12 am

    what a twat. you can interpret any toilet design via metaphor any way you like. and if toilet design does reflect some aspect of local moeurs, well, so what?

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