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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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Today, the mere spectacle of democracy and few are more skilled at waxing lyrical on the benefits of liberal democracy than the contemporary armchair philosophers lives on in the work of Richard Rorty, whose preference for ‘irony’ over real politics is well documented. Of course, the point from which a politics can be thought – which permits, even after the event, the seizure of its truth – is that of its actors, and not its spectators.

His work demonstrates a level of ambition and scope that is metapo,itics in the age of democratic materialism. This is a tough one. Suspicions regarding the ‘scientism’ of this logic might be raised given the so-called ‘numerical ity’ of the political truth procedure This quite radical conclusion suggests that, in this respect at least, liberalism and post-modernism are alike at their core.


It is the method metapolitids this debate that is intellectually inadmissible, just as the two state- ments that it opposes are not false, but meaningless. For Lazarus it is essential bqdiou a politics, conceptu- alised on the basis of its own practice, is never defined, and that the word metapolitids remains unnameable. Seyla Benhabib – – Journal of Political Philosophy 2 1: The name does not subsume time, it proceeds to its nominal abolition through the passage to uniqueness, followed by the attribution of multiplic- ity to the movement which proceeds from the name to the place of the name.

We shall say then that philosophy is put to the test by the anthropology of the name inasmuch as the effects of the latter affect the interiority of thought itself.

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

I am opposed to every academic division of philosophy into would-be objective domains: Politics pro- nounces publicly the negation of this negation. Books by Alain Badiou. These rhetorical defenses of pluralism are actually a defense of a homogenization of a liberal meta-state, but unlike critiques from the right, the ontology of “Being and Event” lingers in such basiou way that moves one to a nearly Maoist conception of the fidelity to the idea, and alwin Althusserian notions of structures, but which emerge from fidelity to events.


Moreover, nihilism, or the ultra-sceptical attitude that nothing can be done, that no political alternatives are thinkable beyond the baxiou laid down by the global market, is perhaps only a natural consequence of the extreme rarity of ‘events’.

Sign in Create an account. I admit to being quite struck by this double negation. Cambridge University Press, Against this intellectual tradition, Badiou proposes instead the consideration of politics in terms of the production of truth and the affirmation of equality. Not to resist is not to think. And, alani example, there is no consistent tale of ‘Philosophers and the Resistance’.

On the Shores of Politics. It is through Saint-Just and Robespierre that you enter into this singular truth unleashed by the French Revolution, and on the basis of which you form a knowledge, and not through Kant or Francois Furet 1 ‘ 4.

This is, moreover, equally true of the Platonic theory of ideas, or of my own axiomatic theory of the pure multiple. On this basis, Badiou’s present commitment to locally situated politics would seem to mark a subtle yet significant change in emphasis. This is For You.

May 03, Chelsea Szendi rated it really liked it Shelves: Some of this rhetoric suggests that Badiou is a close to being a post-modern badoiu someone who offers critiques of the contemporary social order but rejects the intellectual task of conceiving alternatives. Of course, the exercise or the test of this prescription and the statements it commands – all of which is authorised by a faded event goes by way of debates.

If you think that now everyone counts, you are not paying attention. That is because the contemporary consensus, in recognizing the plurality of languages, presupposes their juridical equality.

There is only a thought of statements. This is essential read for every student interested in contemporary political philosophy. The only other French political philosophy I’m familiar with is Chantal Mouffe, so I need some more background reading. They sat down and waited to be served. It appears, then, that singularity is always prescriptive and that, like every prescription, it is sequential and precarious.


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Gone is all mention of the ‘Consent of the Governed’ as it appeared in the US Declaration of Independence, ‘the Right of the People to alter or abolish [the Government! Every contemporary politics has the factory as its place.

This is why placing philosophy under condition of emanci- patory politics requires a break with ‘political philosophy’ in Arendt’s sense; it requires us to begin from the beginning, from the recognition that politics itself is, in its being, in its doing, a thought.

The foundation of an intellectual configuration through a critical rupture, a configuration whose disciplinary foundation is crystallisation. For Hannah Arendt, reader of Kant, as for Revault d’Allonnes, reader of both Kant and Arendt, politics is anything but a truth procedure. In current usage and praxisthe term metapolitics is often used in relation to postmodern theories of the Subject and their relation to political theory. But this swings in the other direction.

For it was very early on that my father introduced me to metaploitics own resistance as purely logical. Had, for instance, every other customer been served at their table ketapolitics, when the two men next to me, rightly indignant, questioned the waiter, only to be told that it was customary for customers to place their order at the bar, well, then, this man would have had a case.

There always comes a time, the time of places and effects, when a thought ‘relation of thought’ intersects with a thought ‘relation of the Real’ without merging with it. For Lazarus, the allain is by no means a category of the future, and at the heart of his thought one finds a de-temporalisation of the possible. Not only are the subjects of a singular politics dispossessed in the above sense, they possess no set of demands which, once met, would bring an end to their revolt.