Alain Badiou, France’s leading radical theorist and commentator, dissects the Sarkozy phenomenon in this sharp, focused intervention. He argues that the. Alain Badiou (Verso, London, ). ‘[I]f human society is a collection of individuals pursuing their self-interest, if this is the eternal reality, then it is certain that. Philosophers, it is well known, only interpret the world, when the point is to change it. France’s Alain Badiou is a rare exception to this rule – a philosopher who.

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And he must be strictly against the Anglo-American “Atlantic” world-view.

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What parliamentarians finally voted on did not do away with the tradition of holding multiple elective offices the cumul des mandatsdid not introduce proportional representation in the election of deputies, and did not propose any real change in the relation between the president and the prime minister. Performances In any case, what sticks out amidst this mass vote is a feeling of absurdity.

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Ideally, he should be tall, dignified, aloof, a little indolent, and a poet. His analysis of Or is on the oof. Instead, “the state authorities and their blind followers will keep tabs on them, ban them from staying, mercilessly criticise their customs, their way of dressing, their family or religious practices”. For one thing, Sarkozy’s image clashed with their notion of how a French president should look and act like.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. The right wing turned to Sarkozy out of fear of immigrants, workers and the youth of the suburbs. Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today.


No matter where we are there should baadiou be those other places to serve our other desires, opportunities to escape and start anew. Dec 01, Rami rated it really liked it Shelves: As Badiou points out, today we valorize the mere fact of electoral participation over any political content. If globalization makes all markets accessible, then surely it works the other way, sovereignty is meaningless and communities must accept all comers.

Of course Marx long ago said exactly this; but why should we accept it? Get fast, free shipping with Meanung Prime. Stathis Kouvelakis on the French Presidential Election.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Marjana Krajac rated it it was amazing Oct 22, The Cultural Revolution attempted this test, and rapidly became chaotic and badiouu, given that the definition of the enemy was uncertain, and that it was directed against the single pillar of society: This lurch to the left by the president has pulled the rug out from the social democratic Strauss-Kahnian wing of the Socialist Party, pushing it towards the extremes of populism or ultra-leftism.

Why should the broad mass of people be at the mercy of the price of concrete mixers or the world market for ostrich skin, when it comes to getting information? It affirms a lot of things in my life right now.

Badiou has fallen into the trap of logical purity; from bad bdiou come bad conclusions. Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of xarkozy the analytic meaninh well as the postmodern schools of thoughts.

Sarkozy has, on repeated occasions, vituperated against the follies and excesses of free market orthodoxy. Badiou breezily asserts that every contemporary political event is yet another twist in the screw of state power: He is not wrong- the treatise enacts the primordial, inaugural gesture of politics by doing what it says: I found Badiou’s critique of electoral democracy intriguing, but NOT his support for the communist hypothesis, it is time to admit frankly that communism is a noble idea, but a not feasible one.


He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well meaninv more than a dozen philosophical works. Badiou is insightful and funny, especially when he gleefully castigates France’s corrupt political elites and idiotic business classes.

In this incisive, acerbic work, Alain Badiou looks beyond the petty vulgarity of the French president to decipher the true significance of what he represents—a reactionary tradition that goes back more than a hundred years. How does it do so? The popularity of the seminar series was reflected in the sales of the book: One person found this helpful. Saint-Just asks, “What do they want who accept neither Terror nor Virtue?

Meanwhile, absolute moral authority is replaced sarkozh cultural relativism and, in the British version, “political correctness”. That is what western politics has always looked like to Alain Badiou. In Praise of Disobedience. After all, no one in the Labour party is doing the job.

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Badiou has enmeshed himself in contradictions. Lethargic France, Sarkozy suggested during his campaign to become the country’s president, could learn a thing or two from zesty, entrepreneurial Albion. It proved to be a surprise hit.