Badiou and Politics

Badiou and Politics Badiou and Politics offers a much anticipated interpretation of the work of the influential French philosopher Alain Badiou Countering ideas of the philosopher as a dogmatic absolutist or even mysti

  • Title: Badiou and Politics
  • Author: Bruno Bosteels
  • ISBN: 9780822350767
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Badiou and Politics offers a much anticipated interpretation of the work of the influential French philosopher Alain Badiou Countering ideas of the philosopher as a dogmatic, absolutist, or even mystical thinker enthralled by the force of the event as a radical break, Bruno Bosteels reveals Badiou s deep and ongoing investment in the dialectic Bosteels draws on all of BaBadiou and Politics offers a much anticipated interpretation of the work of the influential French philosopher Alain Badiou Countering ideas of the philosopher as a dogmatic, absolutist, or even mystical thinker enthralled by the force of the event as a radical break, Bruno Bosteels reveals Badiou s deep and ongoing investment in the dialectic Bosteels draws on all of Badiou s writings, from the philosopher s student days in the 1960s to the present, as well as on Badiou s exchanges with other thinkers, from his avowed masters Louis Althusser and Jacques Lacan, to interlocutors including Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj i ek, Daniel Bensa d, Jacques Derrida, Ernesto Laclau, and Judith Butler Bosteels tracks the philosopher s political activities from the events of May 1968 through his embrace of Maoism and the work he has done since the 1980s, helping to mobilize France s illegal immigrants or sans papiers Ultimately, Bosteels argues for understanding Badiou s thought as a revival of dialectical materialism, and he illuminates the philosopher s understanding of the task of theory to define a conceptual space for thinking emancipatory politics in the present.

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    1. This book by Bruno Bosteels, the noted translator of Alain Badiou, impressed me a great deal. It is not just a book about Badiou but rather uses his career as both philosopher and militant as a focal point for an epic history of French radicalism since May of 1968. I have no reservations about Bosteels work, except to say that it did not fully convince me of the originality of Badiou's thought. Having gotten through this challenging and rewarding tome, I still feel that while Badiou's thinking a [...]

    2. This will not be a full review. More like a couple of quick notes for a recommendation: Bruno Bosteels really is a clear writer which helps to understand Badiou much better. I have read a lot of Badiou at this point and this book helped me understand the philosopher much better.Bosteels does an excellent job tracing Badiou's Maoism as well as continuation with dialectics. I had been thinking along the same lines but needed this book to confirm my thoughts. I would have given this 5 stars if Bost [...]

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