The Adventure of French Philosophy

Overview

The Adventure of French Philosophy is essential reading for anyone interested in what Badiou calls the “French moment” in contemporary thought.

Badiou explores the exceptionally rich and varied world of French philosophy in a number of groundbreaking essays, published here for the first time in English or in a revised translation. Included are the often-quoted review of Louis Althusser’s canonical works For Marx and Reading Capital and the scathing critique of “potato fascism” ...

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Overview

The Adventure of French Philosophy is essential reading for anyone interested in what Badiou calls the “French moment” in contemporary thought.

Badiou explores the exceptionally rich and varied world of French philosophy in a number of groundbreaking essays, published here for the first time in English or in a revised translation. Included are the often-quoted review of Louis Althusser’s canonical works For Marx and Reading Capital and the scathing critique of “potato fascism” in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus. There are also talks on Michel Foucault and Jean-Luc Nancy, and reviews of the work of Jean-François Lyotard and Barbara Cassin, notable points of interest on an expansive tour of modern French thought.

Guided by a small set of fundamental questions concerning the nature of being, the event, the subject, and truth, Badiou pushes to an extreme the polemical force of his thinking. Against the formless continuum of life, he posits the need for radical discontinuity; against the false modesty of finitude, he pleads for the mathematical infinity of everyday situations; against the various returns to Kant, he argues for the persistence of the Hegelian dialectic; and against the lure of ultraleftism, his texts from the 1970s vindicate the role of Maoism as a driving force behind the communist Idea.

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Editorial Reviews

Slovoj Žižek
“A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!”
Joan Copjec
“One of the most important philosophers writing today.”
From the Publisher
“French philosophy still has a kick in it, and it can still turn heads. You have been warned.”—Jonathan Rée, Prospect

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

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

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

“Focused and illuminating, technical and deft.”—Shahidha Bari, Times Higher Education

“A series of snapshots of how Badiou participates in and understands what ... we might call the post-1960s moment in French philosophy.”—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781844677931
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 1,436,270
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (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.

Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University, is the author of Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America, and The Actuality of Communism. He is also the translator of several books by Alain Badiou: Theory of the Subject, Can Politics Be Thought? and What Is Antiphilosophy? Essays on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Lacan. He currently serves as the General Editor of Diacritics.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction vii

Preface: The Adventure of French Philosophy li

Part 1 Essays and Talks

1 The Current Situation on the Philosophical Front 1

2 Hegel in France 19

3 Commitment, Detachment, Fidelity 27

4 Is There a Theory of the Subject in the Work of Georges Canguilhem? 39

5 The Caesura of Nihilism 53

6 The Reserved Offering 67

7 Foucault: Continuity and Discontinuity 83

8 Jacques Rancière's Lessons: Knowledge and Power After the Storm 101

Part II Book Reviews

9 The (Re)commencement of Dialectical Materialism 133

10 The Flux and the Party: In the Margins of Anti-Oedipus 171

11 The Fascism of the Potato 191

12 An Angel Has Passed 203

13 Custos, quid noctis? 223

14 Gilles Deleuze, The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque 241

15 Objectivity and Objectivity 269

16 On Françoise Proust, Kant: The Tone of History 281

17 The Imperative of Negation 295

18 Logology Against Ontology 309

19 The Subject Supposed to be a Christian 321

Part III Notices

20 For a Tomb of Gilles Deleuze 339

21 Jullien the Apostate 343

A Note on the Texts 347

Index 353

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