The Meaning of Sarkozy

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In this incisive, acerbic work, Alain Badiou looks beyond the petty vulgarity of the French president to decipher the true significance of what he represents—a reactionary tradition that goes back more than a hundred years. To escape the malaise that has enveloped the Left since Sarkozy’s election, Badiou casts aside the slavish worship of electoral democracy and maps out a communist hypothesis that lays the basis for an emancipatory politics of the twenty-first century. ...
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Overview

In this incisive, acerbic work, Alain Badiou looks beyond the petty vulgarity of the French president to decipher the true significance of what he represents—a reactionary tradition that goes back more than a hundred years. To escape the malaise that has enveloped the Left since Sarkozy’s election, Badiou casts aside the slavish worship of electoral democracy and maps out a communist hypothesis that lays the basis for an emancipatory politics of the twenty-first century.
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Editorial Reviews

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“Magnificently stirring ... a characteristically lucid polemic from a philosopher who is far from willing to abandon humanity to the vicissitudes of so-called global capitalism.”—Mark Fisher, Frieze

“In the tradition of revolutionary pamphleteering.”—Michael Cronin, Irish Times

“Compelling ... He deconstructs, with languid, sarcastic ferocity, the notion that ‘France chose Sarkozy’ ... a very French piece of political venom.”—Rafael Behr, The Observer

“Heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser ... a thundering, rallying tirade.”—Lucy Wadham, New Statesman

“Incisive, incredibly readable and funny critique.”—Christopher Bickerton, Le Monde Diplomatique

Frieze
Magnificently stirring ... a characteristically lucid polemic from a philosopher who is far from willing to abandon humanity to the vicissitudes of so-called global capitalism.— Mark Fisher
Irish Times
In the tradition of revolutionary pamphleteering.— Michael Cronin
The Guardian
In this enjoyably bilious essay, Badiou reads the coming-to-power of Nicolas Sarkozy as the latest episode of ‘black reaction’ to May 1968.
The Observer
Compelling ... He deconstructs, with languid, sarcastic ferocity, the notion that ‘France chose Sarkozy’ ... a very French piece of political venom.— Rafael Behr
New Statesman
Heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser ... a thundering, rallying tirade.— Lucy Wadham
Le Monde Diplomatique
Incisive, incredibly readable and funny critique.— Christopher Bickerton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844676293
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 117
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction to the English-Language Edition 1

1 Before the Election 7

2 After the Election 21

3 Eight Points, to Start With 43

4 Only One World 53

5 Courage in these Circumstances 71

6 France's Transcendental: Petainism 77

7 The Incorruptible 87

8 Must the Communist Hypothesis Be Abandoned? 97

9 The History of the Communist Hypothesis and Its Present Moment 105

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