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Philosophy for Militants (Pocket Communism) Hardcover – November 20, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1844679867 ISBN-10: 1844679861 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Communism
  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844679861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844679867
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.6 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the most important philosophers writing today.” —Joan Copjec

“A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!” —Slavoj Žižek

“An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser.” —New Statesman

About the Author

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the École normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the Subject, Being and Event, Manifesto for Philosophy, and Gilles Deleuze. His recent books include The Meaning of Sarkozy, Ethics, Metapolitics, Polemics, The Communist Hypothesis, Five Lessons on Wagner, and Wittgenstein’s Anti-Philosophy.

Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University, is the author of Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America, and The Actuality of Communism. He is also the translator of several books by Alain Badiou: Theory of the Subject, Can Politics Be Thought? and What Is Antiphilosophy? Essays on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Lacan. He currently serves as the General Editor of Diacritics.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hans G. Despain on December 27, 2012
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This little book functions well as an accessible introduction to the political philosophy of Badiou. Do not take serious the title or the picture of the gun on front. Both seem to be a poorly choosen marketing ploy.

The book has three short articles, a political interview concerning the secession of Quebec from Canada, and a forward by Bruno Bosteels (the author of Badiou and Politics (Post-Contemporary Interventions)) well worth reading.

The foundation (or philosophical ontology) of Badiou's work is mathematics as was Plato's. The aim of Badiou's philosophy however is unambiguously political. What draws me to Badiou is his commitment to defend Truth. The analogue to Truth in the political realm is the concept of Justice (p. 32).

In other words, at bottom Badiou is a philosophical realist.

Badiou underscores the importance of following Plato in distinguishing between correct and mistaken opinion on the one hand, and opinion and truth on the other (p. 28). This is important because according Badiou contemporary Western political regimes are based on the Platonic ignoble lie. Parliamentary democratic politics are driven not by Justice but by opinion polls; not by Truth but by _spin_. In other words, Justice and Truth are not the concern of contemporary Western politics, rather the aim of Western "democracies" are (economic) dominance and (political) power-control.

Badiou maintains that the time is now ripe for political transformation expressed politically by mass protest (p. 20), demonstrations of resistance, movements of "occupy" (p. 21), and the rise of consciousness for new forms of a political dawn (p. 19).
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