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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; First Edition edition (November 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844670899
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844670895
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Scarcely any other moral thinker of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda.”—Terry Eagleton

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.

Peter Hallward teaches at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He is the author of several books including Absolutely Postcolonial, Badiou: A Subject to Truth, Out of This World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation, and Damming the Flood.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Pool on July 24, 2012
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This is a great read--less heavy handed than Being and Event while still striking deep at core issues. It is also much shorter and easier to digest than some of Badiou's other works. I read this for a political philosophy class and really enjoyed it for its ability to get everyone talking.

This makes for a great companion to his other works but does reuse some ideas that he has already stated. For me it was what hooked me on Badiou.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By German Reader on May 10, 2012
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Alain Badiou has published on the epistemic foundation of an event and presents himself in this book not so much as a philosopher of modal logic and set theory but as an intellectual in the tradition of Critical Theory. "Polemics" shows his engagement in down-to-earth-politics and the philosophical background he comes from is always present in his analyses. It is a joy to read theses essays. They are dense and precise in analysis.
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