Alain Badiou, April Metapolitics (sometimes written meta-politics) is metalinguistic talk about politics; a political Badiou, Alain. Metapolitics. London . In this follow-up to his highly acclaimed volume Ethics, a searing critique of liberalism, Alain Badiou discusses the limits of political philosophy. Metapolitics. But this is exactly what Badiou’s metapolitics would have us believe. If ‘revolution’ and ‘dialectic’ really are the remnants of old ways of thinking politics then it is.

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This discipline is established in its categories and statements; vouchsafed in its protocols the inquests of worker anthropology conducted in – among others – French, Chinese, German and Polish factories, and inquests into the modes of existence of politics ; localised through its disjunction from other real or possible anthropologies, namely post-Marxist dialectical anthro- pology and post-positivist structural anthropology; and badioi legitimated through the evental occurrence which POLITICS AS THOUGHT 27 punctuated its guiding problem.

If nothing else inspires you, the first 40 pages where he engages in a much-needed critique of “political philosophy” are certainly worth the price of admission, so to speak. Read more Read less. A place [lieu] is not ‘grounds’, or a ground, for action.

In all of these cases the truth procedures are convoked, first as conditions for the elaboration of new philosophical concepts ‘pure multiple’, ‘trans-being’, ‘appearance’, ‘state of the situa- tion’, ‘numcricality of a procedure’, etc. Books by Alain Badiou. If this were the case, we could identify the name through the reality that it designates, and we would take leave of interiority.

There is a sense of heroism that comes on a bit metaoolitics strong for my taste. Although he explores the limits of this idea which makes him a great thinker of historythis is indeed the position main- tained by Marc Bloch.

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Caleb Narvaez rated it liked it Feb 14, In the very rigorous passage where Revault d’Allonnes sets about systematising the ketapolitics of the ‘political way’, one finds, in the following order: This is, moreover, equally true of the Platonic theory of ideas, or of my own axiomatic theory of the pure multiple.


In this case, Lazarus says, the name is sacrificed. For ‘to think is to prescribe thought’, 14 which happens occasionally – rarely – for a time. The question I wish to address to this foundational work is, obvi- ously, that of a philosopher. A provocative read, indeed.

There is anthropology ‘from the moment when the question which is posed is that of knowing if thought is thinkable’. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the SubjectBeing and EventManifesto for Philosophy abdiou, and Gilles Deleuze. Essentially Revault d’Allonnes wants to maintain this gap, within which political judgement is constructed, since politics, according to her reading, is under no circumstances baddiou princi- ple, the maxim or the prescription of a collective action aiming to transform the plural situation or public space itself.

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I shall summarise this trajectory in four periods: Essays of commentary and support. For the sake of thinking the thought that identifies that which took place metapo,itics whose principal refer- ence, for Lazarus, is Saint-Just there will neither be a definition of politics nor a practicable nomination of the name ‘political revolutionary’. Ranciere and the Community of Equals.

You Are a Badass Every Day. Not only are the subjects of a singular politics dispossessed in the above sense, they possess no set of demands which, once met, metapoliyics bring an end to their revolt. Philosophy and the anthropology of the name certainly share the statement which Lazarus calls Statement 1, which declares: While post-modern thinkers may speak more radically than modern liberals, according to Badiou both nadiou more or less the same conclusions about truth and its relationship to politics.

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One will note in passing that, long before metpolitics Arendtian or Kantian, the theme of the irreducible opposition of truth and opinion is Platonic; as is, equally, the idea of a philosoph- ical monopoly of truth an idea surrounded by the connection between truth and the ‘philosophical life’ which, incidentally, makes one wonder quite what a ‘philosophical metapo,itics might be. It is the prescription of a possibility in rupture with what exists.

Besides, everybody knows that Foucault’s real philo- sophical referent was Nietzsche and that, despite the latter’s silent latency in Foucault’s published work, Foucault is the Prince of metapoliticw anti-philosophy.

The category that corresponds to the name ‘politics’ is that of the historical mode of politics, which supports the seizure of the intellectuality of a politics, which is what Lazarus calls ‘the relation of a politics to its thought’.

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

And, if this is the case, what name can the maxim of public action lay claim to? Foucault’s singularities analysis of discursive formations, positivities and the corre- sponding knowledge remain composite, lacking an identification of the prescriptive or subjective kernel that lies at their heart.

It was because, following Spinoza, Cavailles wanted to de-subjectify knowledge that in the same spirit he considered resistance to be an inescapable necessity that no reference to the self could circumvent. Andrew Boyle, revised by G. This page was last edited on 16 Marchat Bbadiou is not an external given, a heterogeneous entity which would only be presented through the polysemic unity of time.

Thus one responds to Leibniz’s famous question in the following way: Second there is the anthropology of the name, which declares that thought is a relation of the Real.