Joan Copjec is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and the director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture. Ã‰tienne Balibar is a French Marxist philosopher and Louis Althusser's most famous student. He is also the author of Spinoza and Politics, The Philosophy of Marx, and Race, Country, and Class, as well as co-author of Reading Capital and Race, Nation, and Class. Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj iek He is a professor at the European Graduate School, the International Director of the Birkbeck Department for the Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the University of Ljubljana's Institute of Sociology. Living in the Last Days, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, the Essential iek, and many others are among his works.