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Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosphie in Paris.

Includes the names: Badiou a., BADIOU ALAIN, Alain Badiou

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Works by Alain Badiou

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil (2001) 552 copies, 3 reviews
Being and Event (1988) 462 copies, 2 reviews
Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (1998) 297 copies, 4 reviews
In praise of love (2009) 262 copies, 2 reviews
Metapolitics (1998) 236 copies, 2 reviews
The Communist Hypothesis (2009) 227 copies, 5 reviews
Deleuze: The Clamor of Being (1997) 169 copies, 1 review
Logics of Worlds (2009) 154 copies
The Century (2005) 142 copies, 3 reviews
Handbook Of Inaesthetics (1998) 125 copies, 1 review
Theory of the Subject (1982) 124 copies
Philosophy for Militants (2011) 121 copies, 1 review
Manifesto for Philosophy (1989) 110 copies, 2 reviews
Philosophy in the Present (2003) 107 copies, 1 review
Second Manifesto for Philosophy (2009) 96 copies, 2 reviews
The Meaning of Sarkozy (2007) 95 copies, 3 reviews
Polemics (2006) 95 copies
Wittgenstein's Antiphilosophy (2009) 87 copies, 1 review
Conditions (1992) 76 copies
Number and Numbers (1990) 70 copies
Five Lessons on Wagner (2010) 54 copies
What Is a People? (2013) 53 copies
On Beckett (1995) 47 copies
In Praise of Mathematics (2015) 46 copies
Philosophy and the Event (2012) 44 copies
Cinema (2010) 40 copies
The True Life (2016) 40 copies, 3 reviews
Trump (2016) 32 copies
Rhapsody For The Theatre (1990) 28 copies, 1 review
The Pornographic Age (2013) 17 copies, 1 review
Happiness (2019) 16 copies
Heidegger: His Life and His Philosophy (2016) 16 copies, 2 reviews
In Praise of Theatre (2011) 15 copies
Le fini et l'infini (2010) 13 copies, 1 review
Of an Obscure Disaster (1991) 12 copies
Eloge de la politique (2017) 11 copies
Petrogrado, Xangai (Portuguese Edition) (2018) 10 copies, 1 review
Peut-on penser la politique ? (1985) 9 copies, 1 review
The End: A Conversation (2017) 8 copies
Migrants and Militants (2020) 6 copies
L'explication (2010) 6 copies
Le Séminaire - L'Infini. (2016) 5 copies
Que pense le poème ? (2016) 4 copies
Je vous sais si nombreux... (2017) 4 copies, 1 review
Politik der Wahrheit (2009) 4 copies
A Theater without Theater (2007) 3 copies
Homme, femme, philosophie (2019) 3 copies
Sometimes, We Are Eternal (2019) 3 copies
Lacanian Ink 21 (2011) 3 copies
La filosofía, otra vez (2010) 3 copies
Éloge de la politique (2019) 2 copies
Le symptôma grec (2014) 2 copies
Platon'un Devleti (2015) 2 copies
Das Sein und das Ereignis (2016) 2 copies
De l'idéologie (1976) 2 copies
Elogio do Amor (2020) 2 copies
Les Années rouges (2012) 1 copy
Lob der Mathematik (2017) 1 copy
Metinler kitab♯ł (2013) 1 copy
Entretien Platonicien (2015) 1 copy
The event as trans-being 1 copy, 1 review
Malebranche (2022) 1 copy
La ética 1 copy
˜Les œcitrouilles (1996) 1 copy
SHEN PALI 1 copy

Associated Works

Spinoza Now (2011) — Contributor — 26 copies
The Concept in Crisis: Reading Capital Today (2017) — Contributor, some editions — 10 copies


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This is a book that I almost certainly should have spent a longer time reading, despite it being very short. It is also the kind of book that is almost pointless to give a rating to, so by 3 stars I mean only that I to some extent disagree with Badiou's conclusions. To think of Evil as being constructed from Good (or even visa versa) strikes me as a hopeless quest. It is a question that comes up often in philosophy, and while Badiou does well explaining his take on this issue, I personally cannot bring myself to believe it. To me there are certain things that are Good and other things that are Evil not because we name them or characterize them situationally, but because they evoke a visceral feeling of happiness or horror. These events are definite extremes, and the vast majority of human history is concerned with the shades of gray between them. In this sense, I agree with Badiou that a religious conception of Good is antiquated, but disagree that it is possible to perceive Good situationally. If something is obviously Good or Evil, there will be no debate. If something is not Good or Evil explicitly, as I would argue almost all things are, It is not possible to fully and convincingly explain the ethics of the situation.

It is entirely possible I am misunderstanding Badiou's argument or conclusion, and I'm sure I will return to this book in the future. But for now, I respectfully disagree.
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mrbearbooks | 2 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
Very mixed bag - apologist tendencies which masquerade/take the form of references to Spinoza’s ‘repentance is not a virtue’ and passages concerning how only ‘inquisitors force the dead to speak’. Suffice to say, I didn’t find this argument wholly convincing, even whilst reading this little tome during this, admittedly exaggerated, cultural period of denunciation, disavowal, ‘cancellation’ (ew).

Does the possibility of Heidegger’s style and thought suffering a form of disintegration, instigated by an overt address of his Nazism, ordinary and petty-bourgeois though it may have been (his and his wife’s antisemitism was however certainly despicable and by no means merely implicit in their words and actions, they just simply couldn’t stand those Jewish fellas), by opening up to the prospect of full-blown disavowal - does this possibility, the sullying of his project, justify his silence? The significant silence that runs the gauntlet across his incredible corpus of work? Can Badiou and Cassin really be satisfied in their characterisation of such a thing as an address and a renunciation as merely some kind of ‘cheap trick’? Is assuming responsibility for one’s political involvement in a heinous ideology just some parlour trick trotted out to placate a baying mob of anemic scholars? Surely there must, simply must, be something more here, must we construe the possibility of Heidegger renouncing his Nazism as just some gesture, some stylistic flourish, another cultural item to be neatly tucked away under some paltry aesthetic criteria? “Good work on trying to uncover the forgetting of Being, Martin - but next term you must not ruin your overturning of metaphysics and overall philosophical project by kowtowing to the rabble over a really rather pedestrian Nazism. See me after class!!”

Good food for thought, even if I feel as if Badiou and Cassin let Heidegger off of the hook a little too easily. I believe that there is some justification for the fractal perspective proposed by Cassin, which suggests that we can impose 'separate categories' onto Heidegger's private correspondence and his published works which interpenetrate one another but cannot claim intellectual primacy - a man who was a great philosopher and a Nazi.

But Heidegger did have political aspirations, his withdrawal (his disillusionment with the Nazi project during and preceding the war years) wasn’t as significant as the work makes out, especially after one considers his infamous Der Spiegel interview, with the tasteless allusions to extermination camps within it standing as a testament to this fact. Leading up to the war he wanted to be the spiritual vanguard of Hitlerite fascism, even if he thought the brownshirts and fascist masses were uncultured, bone-headed thugs - he wanted to seriously revamp and reorganise the education system in line with the Fuhrer’s destiny, the spiritual master of Germany’s fate. Arendt’s criterion of leniency, that philosophers always have irresponsible ideas, that they seem to have a penchant for the tyrannical, that they tend to stray toward the political even if Politics privileges the interplay of opinion over Truth (contradictory to philosophy and their entire vocation, at least Platonic philosophy as geared against the art of sophistry), is inadequate when it comes to Heidegger and his political engagements.

But then again we must ask ourselves a series of questions - Shall we defang the philosophers? Give our potential philosopher kings with a political bent a prophylactic? Castrate or neuter them? Is the political too detrimental to the Logos, does it allow them to too easily dabble in pro-genocidal doxa? Can’t their little heads withstand that much concrete reality? Or does dangerous thought, and although a emancipatory project does glimmer forth through his words (look into Caputo's Demythologising Heidegger) Heidegger’s thought is certainly dangerous, open new vistas? Shall we just let them get on with it? And let them fuck who they want? Why not? Interesting little book.
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theoaustin | 1 other review | Dec 26, 2023 |
A short book divided into 3 sections that don't really connect. The title is pretty misleading - the book doesn't really live up to the combative title and the talk about "physical" action is pretty limited. His ideas about unnameability, "generic"ness, what philosophy is are all interesting, although there was nothing that made me go wow - I feel I'd probably have got a lot more out of it if I was more familiar with Badiou's other work. Still interesting stuff. The book is confusing in a few points but that's inevitable and the language isn't too specialised. However, I found the translator's forward somewhat baffling and very tough going.… (more)
tombomp | Oct 31, 2023 |
luvucenanzo06 | 1 other review | Sep 8, 2023 |


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