[Marxism] NEW TITLES BY ALAIN BADIOU: THE REBIRTH OF HISTORY: TIMES OF RIOTS AND UPRISINGS & THE ADVENTURE OF FRENCH PHILOSOPHY

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NEW TITLES BY ALAIN BADIOU

THE REBIRTH OF HISTORY: TIMES OF RIOTS AND UPRISINGS

By ALAIN BADIOU

Published 6 August 2012 to coincide with the anniversary of the UK riots of 2011. For more from Verso on the riots, please visit our blog: http://www.versobooks.com/blogs?tag=12

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PRAISE FOR ALAIN BADIOU:


“A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!” Slavoj Zizek

“One of the most important philosophers writing today.” Joan Copjec

“An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser.” NEW STATESMAN http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2009/02/sarkozy-france-badiou-french

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In the uprisings of the Arab world ALAIN BADIOU discerns echoes of the European revolutions of 1848. In both cases, the object was to overthrow despotic regimes maintained by the great powers—regimes designed to impose the will of financial oligarchies. Both events occurred after what was commonly thought to be the end of a revolutionary epoch: in 1815, the final defeat of Napoleon; and in 1989, the fall of the Soviet Union. But the revolutions of 1848 proclaimed for a century and a half the return of revolutionary thought and action. Likewise, the uprisings underway today herald a worldwide resurgence in the liberating force of the masses—despite the attempts of the ‘international community’ to neutralize its power.

THE REBIRTH OF HISTORY salutes this reawakening of history, weaving examples from the Arab Spring and elsewhere into a global analysis of the return of emancipatory universalism

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 8792 / $19.95 / £12.99 / 126 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1124-the-rebirth-of-history


THE ADVENTURE OF FRENCH PHILOSOPHY

By ALAIN BADIOU


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PRAISE FOR THE ADVENTURE OF FRENCH PHILOSOPHY:

“Focused and illuminating, technical and deft.” TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=420510&c=1

“No doubt about it: French philosophy still has a kick in it, and it can still turn heads. You have been warned.” PROSPECT
http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/frances-greatest-export-sartre-badiou-french-philosophy/

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Over forty years of French philosophy through the eyes of its greatest living exponent.

THE ADVENTURE OF FRENCH PHILOSOPHY is essential reading for anyone interested in what BADIOU calls the “French moment” in contemporary thought.

BADIOU explores the exceptionally rich and varied world of French philosophy in a number of groundbreaking essays, published here for the first time in English or in a revised translation. Included are the often-quoted review of Louis Althusser’s canonical works For Marx and Reading Capital and the scathing critique of “potato fascism” in Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus. There are also talks on Michel Foucault and Jean-Luc Nancy, and reviews of the work of Jean-François Lyotard and Barbara Cassin, notable points of interest on an expansive tour of modern French thought.

Guided by a small set of fundamental questions concerning the nature of being, the event, the subject, and truth, BADIOU pushes to an extreme the polemical force of his thinking. Against the formless continuum of life, he posits the need for radical discontinuity; against the false modesty of finitude, he pleads for the mathematical infinity of everyday situations; against the various returns to Kant, he argues for the persistence of the Hegelian dialectic; and against the lure of ultraleftism, his texts from the 1970s vindicate the role of Maoism as a driving force behind the communist Idea.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 793 1 / $29.95 / £20 / 430 pages

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For more information or to buy the book visit: http://www.versobooks.com/books/1051-the-adventure-of-french-philosop

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ALAIN BADIOU teaches philosophy at the École normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays, and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including THEORY OF THE SUBJECT, BEING AND EVENT, LOGIC OF WORLDS and MANIFESTO FOR PHILOSOPHY. His recent books include THE MEANING OF SARKOZY, ETHICS, METAPOLITICS, THE COMMUNIST HYPOTHESIS and FIVE LESSONS ON WAGNER.


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