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Metapolitics

ISBN-10: 184467567X
ISBN-13: 9781844675678
Edition: 2006
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 9/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 159
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

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 Rancière'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.

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosphie in Paris.

Translator's Introduction
Preface to the English Edition
Prologue: Resistant Philosophers
Against 'Political Philosophy'
Politics as Thought: The Work of Sylvain Lazarus
Althusser: Subjectivity without a Subject
Politics Unbound
A Speculative Disquisition on the Concept of Democracy
Truths and Justice
Ranciere and the Community of Equals
Ranciere and Apolitics
What is a Thermidorean?
Politics as Truth Procedure
Index

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