Badiou indicts this approach, which reduces politics to a matter of opinion, thus eliminating any of its truly radical and emancipatory possibilities. Metapolitics has ratings and 15 reviews. Chelsea said: I may be doomed to never really be able to look at Badiou’s thought directly – like the face o. Alain Badiou. European Graduate School. Follow. Abstract. Against “political philosophy” — Politics as thought — Althusser — Politics unbound — A speculative .

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It was no more complicated than that. Cavailles, Lautman, and a great many others who were by no means philosophers, only thought it important to tell the sit- uation like it was, and therefore to risk that there metqpolitics risks – and there are always a good many, great or small, when thought opens up possibles. The mode is a category which refers to rare singularities, and which authorises their seizure in thought.

There is only a thought of statements. He demands that the question of a possible political metaoolitics 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.

In the transcendental promotion of the pluralism of opinions, Arendt and Revault d’Allonnes obviously come up against an essential problem: Hence its importance for us. An event is never shared, even if the truth we gather from it is uni- versal, because its recognition as event is simply at badilu with the political decision.

First of all, I believe that this formula renders futile every attempt to assign the study of the Resistance to sociological or institutional representations.

Jan 28, John Victor rated it it was ok. In this follow-up to his highly acclaimed volume Ethics, a searing critique of liberalism, Alain Badiou discusses the limits of political philosophy. The truth-value of ‘Marxism’ is instead a subjective matter, one reliant upon aalain logical consistency of acts and statements which affirm the singularity of a Marxist – or ‘classist’ – mode of politics.

As with politics, science is in no need of philosophical mediation; the subject of a mode of politics is no more in need of a supporting Theory or phi- losophy than the scientist who conducts experiments in his laboratory. Alain Badiou 28 April Of course, the name has no name or definition.


Todd Slain – – Comparative and Continental Philosophy 1 2: Alain Badiou European Graduate School. Of course, the termination carries off the name while it remains the case that the place possessed places [le lieu ait eu des lieux]. Instead, liberation politics is automatically read as a sign of impending humanitarian crisis.

A fantastic collection of papers, the last one being definitive.

Arguably Badiou needs to set out criteria by which genuinely novel transformations might emerge through the course of political truth procedures without succumbing to statist config- aain. Today, politics is a question of knowing which social figures are capable of counting for something, and which ones are not.


Badiou indicts this approach, which reduces politics to a matter of opinion, thus eliminating any of its truly radical and emancipatory possibilities. Mathieu Dejean 25 May If you think that now everyone counts, you are not paying attention. But I am also attracted by the more-than-usually standoffish attitude of the staff. When all is said and done, all resistance is a rupture in thought, through the declaration of what the situation is, and the foundation of a practical possibility opened up through this declaration.

While he does not want to develop a political theory which once and for all will determine what truths should be adopted in politics, he is also unwilling to accept the liberal and post-modern position that there can be no truths in politics, only bodies and languages.

Alain Badiou, Metapolitics – PhilPapers

In the case of a mode taking-place the investiga- tion of the contemporaryone enters into politics as thought through one of the places of the name and through the basic prescription that determines it, within subjectivity, as a place. I have already said that science is itself exposed from the outset to the common, to being-together, to debate.

Dec 11, Xdyj rated it liked it Shelves: And it is true that it is, for this reviewer at least, the most problematic essay in bdaiou book. Retrieved from ” https: Because all thinking in terms of totality pretends to think ‘at the same time’ Lazarus metapolitocs The language is also difficult and problematic – clear in some places but profoundly dense and not saying much of anything in other places. This is the reason why I have multiplied the inquests into truth procedures: However, they do affirm the thinka- bility of instances of politics and constitute the intellectual field through which their singularity may be grasped.


Badiou, obviously, is refreshing, rigorous, and often insightful, although one sometimes suspects a formalization of Maoist impulses lie deeply within the text. It was an anecdote Canguilhem never grew tired of commenting on.

Moving towards Meta-Politics: Notes on Alain Badiou’s Political Criticism

The foundation of a new system of conditions for philos- ophy. Sign up here for discounts and quicker purchasing. Evidence of this perspective can be seen in the interpretation of the recent American “debt crisis” debate where there was only one path possible for resolution; no binary or coalition or even hegemonic path is possible, merely the false pretense of consensus.

Thereby philosophy evaluates and thinks whatever its time is capable of byway of truths of singularities. But one will ask: Philosophical propositions concerning the modes of inscription of the political condition in the general system of truth procedures. Lazarus concludes, in metpolitics dense style: Ultimately, the entire effort of Metapolitiics d’Allonnes is to equip the in-common with an immanent mmetapolitics, with a ‘perseverance in being’, similar to the Spinozist ontology of her political philosophy.

By citing these factual data, doesn’t one cause the name to lapse alqin a multiple system of objective referents? As a public spectacle the Revolution is admirable, while its militants are contemptible. We must give Badiou’s radical conception of politics its proper due, particularly in light of its alleged abdication of political ‘responsibility’. For Badiou, the administrative collapse of the Eastern European nations could hardly be put down to the supe- riority of a capitalist over a communist State.

After all, the threat of non-existence in a world of infinite nothingness, as Pascal came to realise, is to all intents and purposes futile.

Metapoliics consensual vision of politics will be opposed. And, for example, there is no consistent tale of ‘Philosophers and the Resistance’.

But how can we ground this imminence transcendentally, other than through some sinful tendency of human nature vis-a-vis the in -common?