Philosophy for Militants

Philosophy for Militants 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 phalan

  • Title: Philosophy for Militants
  • Author: Alain Badiou Bruno Bosteels
  • ISBN: 9781844679867
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 phiAn 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.

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  • Alain Badiou Bruno Bosteels

    Alain Badiou, Ph.D born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School EGS Alain Badiou was a student at the cole Normale Sup rieure in the 1950s He taught at the University of Paris VIII Vincennes Saint Denis from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the philosophy department He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll ge International de Philosophie, on topics ranging from the great antiphilosophers Saint Paul, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Lacan to the major conceptual innovations of the twentieth century Much of Badiou s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May 1968 revolt in Paris Long a leading member of Union des jeunesses communistes de France marxistes l ninistes , he remains with Sylvain Lazarus and Natacha Michel at the center of L Organisation Politique, a post party organization concerned with direct popular intervention in a wide range of issues including immigration, labor, and housing He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as than a dozen philosophical works.Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation.


  • Alain Badiou, along with a group of other leftist thinkers, has been responsible for one of the more interesting developments in political theory and philosophy in the last 10 years or so – the discussion around what has been called the Idea of Communism, and what others (Jodi Dean, in this case) have recast as the Communist Horizon, and what he called The Communist Hypothesis all of which adds up to the opportunity to rethink what the end goal of communist activism and politics might be. When [...]

  • Badiou is not known for his clarity, lucidity, nor compact writing. Every time I've tried to listen to him on Youtube, or read one of his longer pieces, I fall asleep before I'm certain he's even made a point. Hell, to be really crass, my friend Jesse described him as "a walking corpse." Hence, I waited to pick up another book by him - I had his Ethics which matches all the mentioned negative commentary - until a very short one came out. This book was quite the surprise. It's comprised of 3 piec [...]

  • I usually don't enjoy continental philosophers but this was refreshing, the description of the model for the soldier I found to be very true and also very enlightening. His concept of eternal recurrence in philosophy was very interesting as the idea that much of philosophy was a recycling of old arguments or the building of base upon base upon base with only superficial changes was something new to me, however I feel it is at best partly true and not reflective of movements like empiricist philo [...]

  • So this was a nice slim little volume with 3 tiny lectures by Badiou. Definitely my least favorite of the Badiou that I've read so far. However, that isn't to say it isn't worth checking out. It's so short that if you're into Badiou, you might as well.First off, let's discuss the title. So in the preface the translator is frank about it: the title of the French book is the much more straightforward: The Enigmatic Relationship Between Philosophy and Politics, which as it happens is also the title [...]

  • Badiou mengelaborasi pandangannya bahwa sains, politik, seni dan cinta adalah "kondisi" bagi filsafat, dalam arti filsafat selalu hadir setelah inovasi non-filsafat tadi. Selain itu, Badiou merefleksikan soal karakter demokratis dalam filsafat, namun berbeda dengan kaum posmodernis, dia tetap percaya bahwa ada kebenaran sejati. Yang paling utama dalam buku ini, tentu saja pembelaan Badiou soal ide komunisme.

  • Full review here: afightingtruth.wordpress/Wouldn't recommend reading first, as may have been more intelligible after The Communist Hypothesis, but still compelling and hints at what might be useful in the concept of 'truth-procedures' (but they are not philosophised in detail here). Interesting too for his discussion of the 'possibility of the impossible'.

  • Disappointed by the misleading title, not disappointed with the contentSimple and blunt about the current failures of democracy and the possibility of renewing a political democracy through communism

  • my rough notes// inchoate summariesessay 1– The Enigmatic Relationship between Philosophy & Politics.Badiou’s dialectical working through of the relationship between politics and philosophy hinges (more or less) on a discussion of democracy. He will attempt to redefine democracy according to philosophical principles. Philosophy decides on truths & universality, while politics promotes democracy (defined as freedom of opinion). Badiou says that this political conception of democracy i [...]

  • This is not a manifesto for militants, it is philosophy for militants because even if you do not agree with Badiou the questions raised in this book should be considered by all who consider their ideologies to be related to direct action and struggle. The book is divided into three essays. The first is about how philosophy and politics coincide and what exactly their relationship is. It goes over the different ways philosophy can be used to attain justice for society, and create an egalitarian f [...]

  • There is no philosophy for militants, philosophy come after revolutions of certain conditions. Philosophy accompanies new paradigms of love, art, biology… So we need, Badiou says, a new political fiction to believe in, a fiction like communism was before its authoritarian dictators ruined it for everyone. We need to find an appropriate place to organize it. The factory may be passé. At any rate young people will make the revolutionary turn toward a more just world. Liberty will have to be sac [...]

  • Badiou thinks we are in a time of cataclysmic change. This is basically the same song and dance that every thinker living in Europe today believes. We have all heard it before. Nihilism is here, beware, beware. This book is most certainly NOT for any militants who are seeking a philosophy. He gives no philosophy whatsoever. Instead he insists on something new. Something that is universal which can be shared by many people. According to him we no longer believe in the warrior cult. The soldiers h [...]

  • Badiou, in this very short book, lays out some thoughts on philosophy for the politically active (militants is a malapropism here, I feel). In the first half, he describes the tense anti-cycle of philosophy and democracy: philosophy needs a conversation between free individuals to thrive, but a successful normative philosophy implies lack of freedom of a society to democratically determine its action, at least if it desires to follow those norms. Later, he tries to find a successor for the mantl [...]

  • I haven't read anything by Alain Badiou, but was interested in a short work of philosophy. Sadly, I wish I had written some of the limited thoughts I had while reading this, but didn't. I was more interested in his short interview about the protests in Quebec, which was kind of interesting--I got more out of it than the philosophy. Seems like he's a maoist and/or a marxist leninist which doesn't really do much for me. I did like some of his thoughts on ideology and the need to find a new fiction [...]

  • A short book divided into 3 sections that don't really connect. The title is pretty misleading - the book doesn't really live up to the combative title and the talk about "physical" action is pretty limited. His ideas about unnameability, "generic"ness, what philosophy is are all interesting, although there was nothing that made me go wow - I feel I'd probably have got a lot more out of it if I was more familiar with Badiou's other work. Still interesting stuff. The book is confusing in a few po [...]

  • Badiou is not sufficiently Marxist. He seems to be advocating for (and I may just be misunderstanding him) a "party of the concept" which would "philosophize" the world as such, as opposed to the classic Marxist conception of analysis stemming from materialist critique. I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

  • The book contains three essays. The first I found to be spot on as far as the relationship between philosophy and politics proper. The second essay was alright as Badiou attempts to discern the figure of the solider through some poetry. The third essay ends with a rather enigmatic call for the "a new fiction" and I'm still not quite sure what to make of it.

  • A set of interesting talks on linking modern politics and philosophy. The influence of Althusser is still visible, but the essays are certainly thought provoking despite that.

  • Translation of some recent talks on the relationships between philosophy, politics, and literature (with nods of course to love and mathematics as well). Very readable and insightful.

  • Wonderful essays on philosophy and politics. Badiou writes like a poet and thinks like a revolutionary.

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