Badiou indicts this approach, which reduces politics to a matter of opinion, thus eliminating any of its truly radical and emancipatory possibilities. Metapolitics has ratings and 15 reviews. Chelsea said: I may be doomed to never really be able to look at Badiou’s thought directly – like the face o. Alain Badiou. European Graduate School. Follow. Abstract. Against “political philosophy” — Politics as thought — Althusser — Politics unbound — A speculative .

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The philosophers of the Resistance drew attention to this point, and to the fact that it existed in the realm of thought. Kevin Hilke rated it it was amazing Feb 21, A European Review 22 4: Certainly, their governments could be particularly aggressive in the service of ‘capitalist modernity’: It is on the contrary the non-thinking of the situation that prevents the risk, or the examination of pos- sibles. It is in any case under the jurisdiction of these points of recur- rent intersection, themselves cemented by real political processes, that I have learnt how to relate philosophically to politics only under condition of politics.

But the categories of the name, or the intellectuality of its prescriptive nature, are nameablc, and there- fore authorise a thought of this intellectuality. The Wisdom of Yoga. They are worlds unto themselves. But Badiou rejects this totalizing logic at the ontological level. Jan 28, John Victor rated it it was ok. None of this is conceivable numerically.

The most precious singu- larities for asserting the freedom of thought i. Even the idea of dissent against this consensus is simultaneously a crime against the State and a meaningless act in a politics that is built on a heterogeneous multiplicity that trumps such dissent.

Moving towards Meta-Politics: Notes on Alain Badiou’s Political Criticism

Thereby philosophy evaluates and thinks whatever its time is capable of byway of truths of singularities. Notify me of new posts by email. History of Western Philosophy. Given the metapoligics and interconnectedness of his work, unpacking what Badiou means by politics can be a formidable task.


They are neither unpleasant nor rude, but they by no means go out of their way to make your patronage feel particularly welcome or even desired. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Looking aoain More Great Reads? To do so would be to arrogantly assume a privileged position denied to most people. The prescriptive possible is therefore composed of subjectivities and practices whose content has presided over what has taken place.

I shall thus posit that, detached from the consideration of sociological entities, as well as metzpolitics the hazards of moral phi- losophy, the Resistance was metapolihics a class phenomenon nor an ethical phenomenon. The question, Badiou informs us, is one of knowing whether and under what conditions democracy can count as a ‘concept of philosophy’, rather than as an object of urgent polidcal reha- bilitation; whereas, for its part, the metwpolitics of ‘freedom 3 doesn’t attract any philosophical speculation at all.

Thanks to Alberto Toscano for his translation of tills extract from the Italian. For the sake of thinking the thought that identifies that which took place and whose principal refer- ence, for Lazarus, is Saint-Just there will neither be a definition of politics nor a practicable nomination of the name ‘political revolutionary’.

Metapolitics by Alain Badiou

Overall 1 have resisted deferring automatically to terminological conventions, aiming for a transparent political register unburdened, wherever possible, by the technicalities of ontology. Whether such transformation was to happen ‘all at once’, i. Political terminology Political term stubs. On the contrary, politics is that which escapes those with the power to define what politics is. All this makes thorough engagement with his work ever more important, especially as his influence on a new generation of continental philosophers becomes ever more apparent.

For the anthropology of the name, at least with regard to political singularities, aspires to a good deal more than simply being conditioned by them. The waiter simply smiled, took his order and left. This is obviously where a little more famil- iarity with Badiou’s philosophy is called for. Badiou’s Doctrine of Truth’, in Communication and Cognition But his immense merit was to have bequeathed us the question of how it might be done, since his teaching persuades us that ‘declaring the existence of singularities does not resolve the problem of the thought which permits their investigation’.


Don’t have an account? But we know that, for the anthropology of the name, the concept as distinct from the category is gen- erally exportable, falls under the heading of heterogeneous multiplicity and, finally, always lacks singularity.

Sign up here for discounts and quicker purchasing. And it is no exaggeration to say that as a result of this the course of philosophy in France was enduringly altered. During such moments of seemingly monu- mental ‘crisis’ the people are quite capable of rallying the parliamentary politics of the lesser evil.

But in my view she brings about a gradual transcendental reduction in this partic- ularity. Someday, though, I hope to really be able to gaze at “The Theory of the Subject” without being turned to stone. The concept is always a sacrifice of the name as singularity.

This is essential read for every student interested in contemporary political philosophy. It is one thing to say that politics provides a place of ongoing resistance for subjects poised on the brink of social metappolitics.

Like the homeomorphic spaces sphere, cylinder, hyperboloid, annulus that stretch into and out of one another while remain- ing geometrically identical, political places subject, mode, name are unaffected by superficial ‘developments’ in main- stream political culture, e. Cherry – – Cambridge University Press. In the parliamentary mode of politics, the factory is prescribed as a place of time, and the figure of the worker is evacuated this is the underlying meaning of the qualification by the Mitterrand -Mauroy government, inof the strikes at Renault-Flins and Talbot-Poissy, 35 as strikes led by ‘immigrants’ or ‘Shiites’.

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