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Think Again : Alain Badiou and the Future of Philosophy - Peter Hallward

Think Again

Alain Badiou and the Future of Philosophy

By: Peter Hallward (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780826459077
Number Of Pages: 286

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Slavoj Ž iž ek is not alone in thinking that Alain Badiou's recent work is "the event of contemporary philosophy." Think Again, the first publication of its kind, goes a long way towards justifying his assessment. Badiou is nothing if not polemical and the most suitable way to approach his philosophy is precisely through the controversies it creates. This book, which opens with an introduction aimed at readers new to Badiou's work, presents a range of essays which explore Badiou's most contentious claims in the fields of ontology, politics, ethics and aesthetics. Alain Badiou has devised perhaps the only truly inventive philosophy of the subject since Sartre. Almost alone among his peers, Badiou's work promises a genuine renewal of philosophy, a subject he sees as conditioned by innovation in spheres ranging from radical politics to artistic experimentation to mathematical formalization.

"Alain Badiou enacts a return to full-blown philosophy, striking as a thunder into the morass of postmodernist sophisms and platitudes. His work aims at the very heart of politically correct radical intellectuals, undermining the foundations of their mode of life!" - Slavoj Zizek; "One of the most important philosophers writing today." - Joan Copjec"

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction: 'Consequences of Abstraction'p. 1
The History of Truth: Alain Badiou in French Philosophyp. 21
Philosophy Without Conditionsp. 39
Nihil Unbound: Remarks on Subtractive Ontology and Thinking Capitalismp. 50
Some Remarks on the Intrinsic Ontology of Alain Badioup. 59
Badiou and Deleuze on the One and the Manyp. 67
Badiou and Deleuze on the Ontology of Mathematicsp. 77
Alain Badiou and the Miracle of the Eventp. 94
States of Grace: The Excess of the Demand in Badiou's Ethics of Truthsp. 106
An Ethics of Militant Engagementp. 120
Communism as Separationp. 138
On the Subject of the Dialecticp. 150
From Purification to Subtraction: Badiou and the Realp. 165
What if the Other is Stupid? Badiou and Lacan on 'Logical Time'p. 182
The Fifth Conditionp. 191
What Remains of Fidelity after Serious Thoughtp. 202
Badiou's Poeticsp. 208
Aesthetics, Inaesthetics, Anti-Aestheticsp. 218
Afterword: Some Replies to a Demanding Friendp. 232
Notesp. 238
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780826459077
ISBN-10: 0826459072
Series: Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 1st July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.15  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1