Philosophy for Militants

Philosophy for Militants


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Philosophy for Militants by Alain Badiou

An urgent and provocative account of the modern ‘militant’, a transformative figure at the front line of emancipatory politics. Around the world, recent events have seen the creation of a radical phalanx comprising students, the young, workers and immigrants. It is Badiou’s contention that the politics of such militants should condition the tasks of philosophy, even as philosophy clarifies the truth of our political condition.

To resolve the conflicts between politics, philosophy and democracy, Badiou argues for a resurgent communism – returning to the original call for universal emancipation and organizing for militant struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781688694
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 790,549
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the École 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.

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword vii

1 The Enigmatic Relationship Between Philosophy and Politics 1

2 The Figure of the Soldier 31

3 Politics as a Nonexpressive Dialectics 45

Sources 61

Appendix: Reflections on the Crisis in Quebec 63

Suggested Further Reading 69

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