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By A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens

ISBN-10: 1844652297

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Alain Badiou is the world's such a lot influential dwelling thinker. Few modern thinkers reveal his breadth of argument and reference, or his skill to intrude in debates serious to either analytic and continental philosophy. "Alain Badiou: Key strategies" provides an outline of and creation to the complete variety of Badiou's considering. Essays specialize in the principles of Badiou's proposal, his 'key ideas' - fact, being, ontology, the topic, and stipulations - and on his engagement with more than a few thinkers principal to his philosophy, together with Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Heidegger and Deleuze. scholars new to Badiou will locate this paintings, written by way of the major students within the box, obtainable and finished, whereas readers already conversant in Badiou will locate distinct, concentrated and leading edge discussions of Badiou's key subject matters, techniques and engagements.

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This is not to say that it was a tacit institutional background for Badiou: not only did he practise other disciplines, or rather the art of the novel, and mathematics; but the status of philosophy had become a serious problem in a seminar that he attended. The seminar was run by his early master, Louis Althusser, whose major teachings included a fundamental distinction between science and ideology. Althusser's students - Jacques Ranciere, Etienne Balibar, Pierre Macherey, Badiou, Francois Regnault and others - were not happy about the status of philosophy with regard to this distinction.

At best, philosophy is conditioned by the faithful procedures of its times" (BE 340). 11. "The fact is that today - and on this point things haven't budged since Plato - we know only four types of truths: science (mathematics and physics), love, politics and the arts. We can compare this situation to Spinoza's statement about the attributes of Substance (the 'expressions' of God): without doubt, Spinoza says, there is an infinity of attributes, but we humans know only two, thought and extension.

Badiou's chief concern, in this first section on philosophy, is to distinguish his approach to ideology from that of Althusser, and implicitly from that of his colleagues at Paris VIII, Gilles Deleuze and Jean-Francois Lyotard. The reason is that the correlate of a mistaken 16 PHILOSOPHY theory of ideology is a failure to take sides in what was then the decisive class struggle - China versus the USSR and the French Maoists versus the French Communist Party. A failure to take sides leads to one's philosophy serving the wrong practice, the practice of exploitation.

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