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Metapolitics by Alain Badiou
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In this follow-up to his highly acclaimed volume "Ethics", a searing critique of liberalism, Alain Badiou discusses the limits of political philosophy. "Metapolitics" argues that one of the main tasks of contemporary thought is to abolish the idea that politics is merely an object for philosophical reflection. Badiou indicts this approach, which reduces politics to a matter of opinion, thus eliminating any of its truly radical and emancipatory possibilities. Against this intellectual tradition, Badiou proposes instead the consideration of politics in terms of the production of truth and the affirmation of equality. He demands that the question of a possible "political truth" be separated from any notion of consensus or public opinion, and that political action be rethought in terms of the complex process that binds discussion to decision. Starting from this analysis, Badiou critically examines the thought of anthropologist and political theorist Sylvain Lazarus, Jacques Ranciere's writings on workers' history and democratic dissensus, the role of the subject in Althusser, as well as the concept of democracy and the link between truth and justice.

Author Biography

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure.
Release date Australia
October 4th, 2006
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Contributor
Translated by Jason Barker
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Verso Books
Pages
204
Dimensions
140x191x15
ISBN-13
9781844675678
Product ID
1937093

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