Metapolitics

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Verso, 2005 - Philosophy - 159 pages
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In this follow-up to his highly acclaimed volume Ethics, a searing critique of liberalism, Alain Badiou discusses the limits of political philosophy.

Metapolitics argues that one of the main tasks of contemporary thought is to abolish the idea that politics is merely an object for philosophical reflection. Badiou indicts this approach, which reduces politics to a matter of opinion, thus eliminating any of its truly radical and emancipatory possibilities.

Against this intellectual tradition, Badiou proposes instead the consideration of politics in terms of the production of truth and the affirmation of equality. He demands that the question of a possible "political truth" be separated from any notion of consensus or public opinion, and that political action be rethought in terms of the complex process that binds discussion to decision.

Starting from this analysis, Badiou critically examines the thought of anthropologist and political theorist Sylvain Lazarus, Jacques Rancière's writings on workers' history and democratic dissensus, the role of the subject in Althusser, as well as the concept of democracy and the link between truth and justice.
  

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User Review  - John Victor - Goodreads

the critiques are better than the proposals, gets a solid meh from me Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Tempel - Goodreads

The only other French political philosophy I'm familiar with is Chantal Mouffe, so I need some more background reading. Read full review

Contents

Resistant Philosophers
1
Against Political Philosophy
10
The Work of Sylvain Lazarus
26
Subjectivity without a Subject
58
Politics Unbound
68
A Speculative Disquisition on the Concept of
78
Truths and Justice
96
Ranciere and the Community of Equals
107
Ranciere and Apolitics
114
What is a Thermidorean?
124
Politics as Truth Procedure
141
Index
153
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Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the E?cole normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the Subject, Being and Event, Manifesto for Philosophy, and Gilles Deleuze. His recent books include The Meaning of Sarkozy, Ethics, Metapolitics, Polemics, The Communist Hypothesis, Five Lessons on Wagner, and Wittgenstein's Anti-Philosophy.

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