Metapolitics

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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 ...
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Overview

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 Ranciere’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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“A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!”—Slavoj Žižek

“An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser.”—New Statesman

“One of the most important philosophers writing today.”—Joan Copjec

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“One of the most important philosophers writing today.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844677818
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/16/2012
  • Series: Radical Thinkers Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,386,109
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (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

Prologue : resistant philosophers 1
1 Against 'political philosophy' 10
2 Politics as thought : the work of Sylvain Lazarus 26
3 Althusser : subjectivity without a subject 58
4 Politics unbound 68
5 A speculative disquisition on the concept of democracy 78
6 Truths and justice 96
7 Ranciere and the community of equals 107
8 Ranciere and apolitics 114
9 What is a Thermidorean? 124
10 Politics as truth procedure 141
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