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Jordan Peterson to debate Marxist theorist Slavoj Zizek on April 19 at the Sony Centre

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a close up of Slavoj Zizek: Canada’s Jordan Peterson and Slovenia’s Slavoj Zizek square off April 19 at the Sony Centre. © Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Canada’s Jordan Peterson and Slovenia’s Slavoj Zizek square off April 19 at the Sony Centre.

The Rumble in the Realm of the Mind — Jordan Peterson vs. Slavoj Zizek — is coming to Toronto, as the two professors will debate “Happiness: Capitalism vs. Marxism” on April 19 at the Sony Centre.

Live Nation announced Thursday that tickets will go on sale March 1 for the clash between Peterson — the bestselling University of Toronto clinical psychologist still speaking to packed houses around the globe — and Zizek, a Slovenian Hegelian-Marxist critical theorist with a cult following of his own going back decades. The meeting apparently flows out of Zizek reportedly describing Peterson as his “enemy” last year at England’s Cambridge Union. Peterson responded feistily on Twitter by saying “Any time, any place, Mr. Zizek.”

Peterson gained fame in 2016 for criticizing Bill C-16, legislation which aimed to amend human-rights legislation to include protections for gender identity or expression, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s definition of “gender identity,” which is described as a person’s “sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum.” Peterson expresses his fears about being compelled to use gender pronouns of others’ choosing — “I don’t believe that it’s intelligent and appropriate for the government to mandate the words that its citizens should speak,” the 56-year-old Alberta native said at the time — and the fallout raised his profile internationally, helping his book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, sell millions of copies.

Zizek, who grew up under the Communist regime of Marshal Tito in the old Yugoslavia, is the author of dozens of books.

Tickets ($40-$110 plus fees) from Livenation.com, Ticketmaster.ca, Sonycentre.ca and the Sony Centre box office.

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