ALAIN BADIOU POLEMICS PDF

Alain Badiou. Polemics is a series of brilliant metapolitical reflections, demolishing established opinion and dominant propaganda, and reorienting our understanding of events from the Kosovo and Iraq wars to the Paris Commune and the Cultural Revolution. At once witty and profound, Badiou presents a series of radical philosophical engagements with politics, and questions what constitutes political truth. Fragments of a Public Journal on. On Parliamentary Democracy.

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By Ivan Hewett. What kind of philosopher would declare that a love affair is a route to philosophical truth? A French one. Like most left-wing intellectuals, Badiou litters his prose with horrible jargon terms like valorise, historicity and sublation.

But the biggest obstacle to comprehension is the translation, which is scandalously bad. There are shockers on every page, but one example will suffice. Pick of the Paperbacks. The description of the brutally racist treatment his adopted black son has often received from the Paris police makes for shocking reading.

What especially irks him are politicians who drape reactionary policies in fine-sounding sentiments. In short: these girls and women are oppressed, so they must be punished. He feels the law of averages obliterates any real intelligence or creativity from the democratic process, because it privileges the tepid, passionless majority over the committed and engaged minority. Great scientific creators and innovative artists have been right, contrary to dominant opinion… Is politics, and politics alone, to be condemned to the conservatism of numerical means?

Scratch this left-winger and you find an apostle of old-style European Enlightenment. He trumpets the claims of universal human rights and duties, and hates political movements which claim special rights because of ethnic or cultural particularities, or a tragic history of oppression. The Palestinian question he feels can never be solved as long as we pay heed to these things. This remark has inevitably brought accusations of anti-Semitism, a charge no one reading the numerous essays on Jewish themes in this book could possibly endorse.

The worrying thing about this book is not the alleged anti-Semitism, but the dangerous political romanticism. Declaring that a love affair can be a route to truth is one thing. These ideas can lead to millions of violent deaths, a fact which Badiou nowhere acknowledges. Love puzzles?

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Polemics by Alain Badiou; tr by Steven Corcoran: review

By Ivan Hewett. What kind of philosopher would declare that a love affair is a route to philosophical truth? A French one. Like most left-wing intellectuals, Badiou litters his prose with horrible jargon terms like valorise, historicity and sublation. But the biggest obstacle to comprehension is the translation, which is scandalously bad. There are shockers on every page, but one example will suffice.

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Following on from Alain Badiou's acclaimed works Ethics and Metapolitics , Polemics is a series of brilliant metapolitical reflections, demolishing established opinion and dominant propaganda, and reorienting our understanding of events from the Kosovo and Iraq wars to the Paris Commune and the Cultural Revolution. With the critical insight and polemical bravura for which he is renowned, Badiou considers the relationships between language, judgment and propaganda—and shows how propaganda has become the dominant force. Both wittily and profoundly, Badiou presents a series of radical philosophical engagements with politics, and questions what constitutes political truth. Macron is the name of a crisis of any politics that purports to "represent" political orientations in an electoral space. That clearly owes to the fact that the earthly disappearance of the communist hypothesis and its parties has little by little made the truth about parliamentarism apparent: namely, that ultimately it only "represents" small nuances in the dominant consensus around neoliberal capitalism — and not any alternative strategy. We use cookies to enhance your experience.

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