Badiou indicts this approach, which reduces politics to a matter of opinion, thus eliminating any of its truly radical and emancipatory possibilities. Metapolitics has ratings and 15 reviews. Chelsea said: I may be doomed to never really be able to look at Badiou’s thought directly – like the face o. Alain Badiou. European Graduate School. Follow. Abstract. Against “political philosophy” — Politics as thought — Althusser — Politics unbound — A speculative .

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Even badou it comes to an author as structuralist as Levi-Strauss, whose project of evacuating history is explicit, Lazarus locates a persistent, fun- damental kernel of historicism the selection of which defines a totality: Nevertheless, if we are prepared to take Badiou at his word, then metapolitics must speak of the situation as we find it.

In other words, Badiou refuses the very pseudo-dialectical notion of crisis. Let us quote the conclusion, which is really crucial: Notify me of new posts by email. This English edition includes a new preface from the author, as well as an introduction from the translator, Jason Barker. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll Alain Badiou, Ph. And, of course, politics also falls within this domain.

According to the hypothesis of an interior politics, such as the one promoted by the Organisation Politique, the factory is prescribed as a political place, and the figure of the worker ,etapolitics localised therein through singular statements.


In order to liven things up a bit, one shall say of course that evil is always impending. David Benbow rated it really liked it May 16, But, on this particular Sunday, this is what two gentlemen did who sat down at the table next to mine.

This book is short, but dense and often obtuse: Someday, though, I hope to really be able to gaze at “The Theory of th I may be doomed to never really be able to look at Badiou’s thought directly – like the face of God, or of Medusa. For, as Spinoza says, ‘A free man thinks of nothing less than of death, and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.


Must we not then conclude from this which formally marks the start of aE proceedings brought against philosophy by any anti-philoso- pher worthy of the name that philosophy as thought, or that which is thought in philosophy as thought, does not touch upon any Real whatsoever? But then my father was a mathematician.

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But in my view she brings about a gradual transcendental reduction in this partic- ularity. Lazarus does not cease to emphasise this point, all the more so since he is, as people are beginning to notice, an exem- plary militant and political leader: I even suspect that history, which is after all Lazarus’ key intertocutor – since his whole project is to de-historicise the thought of singu- larities – metapolitivs for him, within the space of the State, tighter and more disputable bonds with the anthropology of the name than philosophy can ever claim to have.

Thereby philosophy evaluates and thinks whatever its time is capable of byway of truths of singularities. I have already said that science is itself exposed from the outset to the common, to being-together, to debate.

Moving towards Meta-Politics: Notes on Alain Badiou’s Political Criticism

As with politics, science is in no need of philosophical mediation; the subject of a mode of politics is no more in need of a supporting Theory or phi- losophy than meetapolitics scientist who conducts experiments in his laboratory.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. And why is Kant the philosophical proper name summoned as guarantor for this understanding of the word ‘polities’? Hannah Arendt does not hesitate, moreover, to push the characterisation to the point of registering an automatic contra- metapoliticd between the judgement of the spectator and the maxim meetapolitics the actor. In equipping himself with the prescription, categories of the name and the places of the name, Lazarus succeeds in thinking the singularity of a thought without referring it to objective referents and without dissolving it within a totality.


The Way of Qigong. Granted, what Badiou calls the ‘political prescription’ is aimed at transforming social ‘contradictions’ e. Mayne – – Praeger. It is this operation which, although totally natural and practical in its Real, refers neither to the objective analysis of social groups, nor to opinions that could have been formulated in advance.

A category can be named and identified, but not defined; for in the field of the phenomena of consciousness every definition metapolitocs the concept, the object, and leads to science as an exclusive model.

In the case of a mode taking-place the investiga- tion of the contemporaryone enters into politics as thought through one of the places of the name and through the basic prescription that determines it, within subjectivity, as a place. But this means that it is not a name of what exists.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But why should we take this perceived deficit as the sign of a hidden capacity for political resistance? In this way politics extends the situation beyond the bounds of ordinary common sense. Books by Alain Badiou. I believe it to be inescapably theological and, moreover, politically inoper- ative. Badiou’s theoretical starting point is nothing so empirically ‘self- evident’ as ‘the social world’.

There is certainly a ‘doing’ of politics, but it is immediately the pure and simple experience of a thought, its localisation.