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In this collection of essays, French philosopher Badiou (École Normale Supérieure; Being and Event) seeks to provide a new definition of philosophy. According to Badiou, contemporary philosophy has become paralyzed because "it no longer knows if it has a proper place." This paralysis has come about because philosophers have interpreted philosophy through the confines of its own history. He explains that philosophy must be independent of its history and work with the conditions of science, art, politics, and love to inform universal truths. Each section contains a collection of essays pertaining to each condition and examines its relationship to philosophy. According to Badiou, just as Plato refuted the claims of sophists regarding universal truths, philosophy must now refute the theories of 20th-century sophists such as Wittgenstein, who tried to explain away philosophical problems by examining language and meaning rather than trying to understand philosophy itself. Badiou is a prominent and sometimes controversial voice in Continental philosophy, and this collection of essays demonstrates his highly technical and original thought. Recommended for academic libraries.