Overturning the dominant narrative of events, from the Paris Commune to the Iraq wars.
This collection of political essays by Badiou (philosophy, École Normale Supérieure; Theory of the Subject) is organized into three parts. "Philosophy and Circumstances" deals with the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the nature of terrorism, the wars in Iraq and former Yugoslavia, parliamentary democracy as seen in the French presidential election of 2002, and the issue of the Islamic headscarf. "Uses of the Word 'Jew' " explores the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, a possible "rapprochement" between the warring constituents, and some pertinent historical background on the conflict. Finally, "Lessons of Two Revolutions" examines the Paris Commune and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Badiou has long been associated with the Far Left, and he does not hesitate to express what he feels is the correct position in each of these essays. Unfortunately, although much of this work is readable, interesting, and pertinent to today's world, Badiou's polemical orientation leans on feeling rather than on detailed, defensible argumentation throughout. An optional purchase for academic libraries.
Leon H. Brody Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
“Scarcely any other moral thinker of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda.”—Terry Eagleton
“In Polemics, there are withering critiques and witty demolitions of the so-called war on terror, the invasion of Iraq, the bombardment of Serbia and the pantomime of parliamentary democracy ... There is a delightful Swiftian satire on the Islamic headscarf affair and a denunciation of the racism that led to the riots in the banlieues late in 2005.”—Simon Critchley, London Review of Books
“Shaking the foundations of Western liberal democracy.”—Times Higher Education Supplement
“[Badiou’s] argumentative vigour is undeniable. There is a terrific excoriation of the French burka ban as symptomatic of the enforced display of women, a trenchant series of investigations into “Uses of the Word ‘Jew’”, and a “Manifesto of Affirmationist Art” that is a welcome anecdote to lazy anti-modernism.”—Steven Poole, Guardian
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