Slavoj Žižek (born 21 March 1949) is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic who has made major contributions to political theory, film theory, and theoretical psychoanalysis, among other disciplines. He is normally considered to be a Lacanian Hegelian with Marxist influences.
Žižek achieved international recognition as a social theorist after the 1989 publication of his first book in English, The Sublime Object of Ideology. He has continued to develop his status as a confrontational intellectual, and has been called "one of the world's best known public intellectuals", and "the thinker of choice for Europe's young intellectual vanguard".
1.) Atheism is a legacy worth fighting for, an editorial by Slavoj Zizek, The New York Times, Monday, March 13, 2006.