Second Manifesto for Philosophy / Edition 1

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Twenty years ago, Alain Badiou's first Manifesto for Philosophy rose up against the all-pervasive proclamation of the "end" of philosophy. In lieu of this problematic of the end, he put forward the watchword: "one more step".

The situation has considerably changed since then. Philosophy was threatened with obliteration at the time, whereas today it finds itself under threat for the diametrically opposed reason: it is endowed with an excessive, artificial existence. "Philosophy" is everywhere. It serves as a trademark for various media pundits. It livens up cafés and health clubs. It has its magazines and its gurus. It is universally called upon, by everything from banks to major state commissions, to pronounce on ethics, law and duty. In essence, "philosophy" has now come to stand for nothing other than its most ancient enemy: conservative ethics.

Badiou's second manifesto therefore seeks to demoralize philosophy and to separate it from all those "philosophies" that are as servile as they are ubiquitous. It demonstrates the power of certain eternal truths to illuminate action and, as such, to transport philosophy far beyond the figure of "the human" and its "rights". There, well beyond all moralism, in the clear expanse of the idea, life becomes something radically other than survival.

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Editorial Reviews

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Badiou remains perhaps the most important philosopher at work inFrance today. Highly recommended."

"With his characteristic taste for polemic, economy ofexpression and relentless cheerfulness, Badiou offers a loudcounterblast against contemporary scientism and sophism. Againstwhat he sees as the democratic materialism of the age, Badiou pitsa materialist dialectic at the service of the Idea. The secondmanifesto is invigorating reading."
Simon Critchley, New School for Social Research

"Badiou's Second Manifesto for Philosophy makes a lucidand compelling demand for philosophy to return from mediadistraction to its genuine calling. Opposing all moralizingacquiescence in an intolerable global status quo, Badiou reminds usthat philosophical thought is, in essence, a quest foruniversality. The thinker's task is to make sense of truths whoseupsurge and impact cuts across space and time. In this sense, farfrom toying with relativism, the philosopher must be committed tothe disciplined work of soldering together separated worlds."
Peter Dews, University of Essex

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745648620
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,450,744
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Badiou is Emeritus Professor in Philosophy at theÉcole Normale Supérieure.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface.

Alain Badiou.

Thinking the Event.

Thesis 1: Thought is the proper medium of the universal.

Thesis 2: Every universal is singular, or is a singularity.

Thesis 3: Every universal originates in an event, and the eventis intransitive to the particularity of the situation.

Thesis 4: A universal initially presents itself as a decisionabout an undecidable.

Thesis 5: The universal has an implicative form.

Thesis 6: The universal is univocal.

Thesis 7: Every universal singularity remains incompletable oropen.

Thesis 8: Universality is nothing other than the faithfulconstruction of an infinite generic multiple.

Slavoj Zizek.

'Philosophy is not a dialogue'.


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