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Badiou and Politics (Post-Contemporary Interventions) [Bruno Bosteels] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Badiou and Politics offers a. _Badiou and Politics_ offers a much-anticipated interpretation of the work of the influential French philosopher Alain Badiou. Countering ideas of the philosopher . Bruno Bosteels Bosteels is particularly skilled at rooting the debt of Badiou’s political philosophy to earlier discussions around structure and.

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The State is that which tries to represent the situation through the denial of the possibility of certain outcomes, of certain sub-sets within the set or situation. Bosteels does an excellent job tracing Badiou’s Maoism as well as continuation with dialectics.

Indeed, Badiou’s political and philosophical careers cannot be fully distinguished. An event is the most intense and transformational of sites.

If we trace the various worlds of history and their given impossibles, we can think in a trans-temporal way that overcomes the rules of any one culture or world. Monique marked it as to-read Sep 23, History of Western Philosophy. Truth, Sets, and Sophistry. Structuralism, then, must be challenged by a new materialism.

Badiou’s proposed revisions transform Lacanian thought profoundly. Finn Morrow badou it it was amazing Apr 06, The outcome will ultimately effect the entire nature of the set, of being, and so bostels identity of the political subject must be generic.


Structuralism, for Badiou, is just another idealism- it elevates language to a Divine that cannot be questioned or altered. Truths, such as that the Earth revolves around the sun, are politiics and universal.

There was something worth preserving in the Althusserian project, bsdiou Badiou, but it was going to need to be radically transformed. Badiou’s Spectator-Subject and Fireworks Politics. Steven Chang marked it as to-read Jan 21, Brandon marked it as to-read Jan 24, As Mao held, contradictions were always acting upon one another, and what was revolutionary in one position may become reactionary in another.

Paul added it Oct 22, Having gotten through this challenging and rewarding tome, I still feel that while Badiou’s thinking appeals to me on many levels, I bpsteels shake the suspicion that he is simply repackaging old, Hegelian ideas in a new philosophical language.

Neek rated it really liked it Feb 13, For Badiou, politics is always the art of the impossible. Dia- lectics, Bosteels argues, allows us to conceive of politics in terms of void and excess rather than totalization and negation But during the course of the Event itself, the situation is stateless and possibility is infinite. Bosteels’s commentary differs from most western treatments of Badiou’s work. bosreels

Badiou and Politics by Bruno Bosteels

As Badiou’s humanist critics all pointed out at the time, this is indeed a very Maoist work. Kim added it May 06, Post-Contemporary Interventions Series Editor s: Paul Livingston – – Philosophy Compass 7 5: Sign in to use this feature. A subject,for Badiou, is a body capable of producing effects experiencing the revelation of truths that a given world deems impossible. Badiou proposed new concepts to describe these unappreciated capacities of subjectivity.


The Ontological Impasse 5. The excess of representation may sound like it would make an element count for more than itself. Politics must not be considered against an eternally ixed notion of either capitalism or discourse.

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Badiou and Politics

For Badiou, the real, as the point of the impossible that structures the symbolic order, must not vanish into its efects, but must instead displace and trans- form the place of the lack, sustaining the elaboration of new truths. Works Cited Bosteels, Bruno.

Some of Lacan’s models were useful, but they did not adequately describe the full potentialities of the self. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Kanokrat marked it as to-read Apr 18, Hannes rated it it was amazing Feb 25,