Born in 1983, Srećko Horvat is a Croatian philosopher, author and translator, as well as an astute political activist. His books and essays, many of which have been translated into other languages, deal with capitalism-critical movements, emancipation and the development of Europe. Horvat writes regularly for leading media publications, including The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Der Spiegel and The New York Times. For a number of years he ran the Subversive Festival in Zagreb, a forum for socio-political issues in Southeast Europe. Together with Slavoj Žižek, he published the book What Does Europe Want? The Union and Its Discontents. Srećko Horvat is actively involved in the Democracy in Europe 2025 movement and was one of its founders in 2016. Among his most celebrated books are The Radicality of Love and Poetry from the Future.
Srećko Horvat is the author of After the Apocalypse (Polity, 2020).
In this post-apocalyptic rollercoaster ride, philosopher Srećko Horvat invites us to explore the Apocalypse in terms of ‘revelation’ (rather than as the ‘end’ itself). He argues that the only way to prevent the end – i.e., extinction – is to engage in a close reading of various interconnected threats, such as climate crisis, the nuclear age and the ongoing pandemic. Drawing on the work of neglected philosopher Günther Anders, this book outlines a philosophical approach to deal with what Horvat, borrowing a term from climate science and giving it a theological twist, calls ‘eschatological tipping points’. These are no longer just the nuclear age or climate crisis, but their collision, conjoined with various other major threats – not only pandemics, but also the viruses of capitalism and fascism. In his investigation of the future of places such as Chernobyl, the Mediterranean and the Marshall Islands, as well as many others affected by COVID-19, Horvat contends that the ‘revelation’ appears simple and unprecedented: the alternatives are no longer socialism or barbarism – our only alternatives today are a radical reinvention of the world, or mass extinction.
After the Apocalypse is an urgent call not only to mourn tomorrow’s dead today but to struggle for our future while we can.
This event is part of the 2021-2022 Social Change in the Digital Age course at IULM University
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