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Five Lessons on Wagner - Alain Badiou

Five Lessons on Wagner

Paperback Published: 17th October 2010
ISBN: 9781844674817
Number Of Pages: 239

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'A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!'-Slavoj ŽiPek

'An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser.'-New Statesman

'Shaking the foundations of Western liberal democracy.'-Times Higher Education Supplement

For over a century; Richard Wagner's music has been the subject of intense debate among philosophers, many of whom have attacked its ideological – some say anti-Semitic and reactionary – underpinnings. In this major new work, Alain Badiou, radical philosopher and keen Wagner enthusiast, offers a detailed reading of the critical responses to the composer's work, which include Adorno's writings on the composer and Wagner's co-option by Nazism, as well as more recent readings by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and others.

Slavoj ŽiPek provides an afterword, and both philosophers make a passionate case for re-examining the relevance of Wagner to the contemporary world.

Praise for Alain Badiou A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!A" Slavoj A iA ek An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser.A" New Statesman Shaking the foundations of Western liberal democracy.A" Times Higher Education Supplement

Translator's Acknowledgementsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Contemporary Philosophy and the Question of Wagner: The Anti-Wagnerian Position of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthep. 1
Adorno's Negative Dialecticsp. 27
Wagner as a Philosophical Questionp. 55
Reopening 'The Case of Wagner'p. 75
The Enigma of Parsifalp. 135
Afterword: Wagner, Anti-Semitism and 'German Ideology'p. 161
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ISBN: 9781844674817
ISBN-10: 1844674819
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 17th October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.1  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1