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Didacticism, romanticism, and classicism are the possible schemata for the knotting of art and philosophy, the third term in this knot being the education of subjects, youth in particular. What characterizes the century that has just come to a close is that, while it underwent the saturation of these three schemata, it failed to introduce a new one. Today, this predicament tends to produce a kind of unknotting of terms, a desperate dis-relation between art and philosophy, together with the pure and simple collapse of what circulated between them: the theme of education. Whence the thesis of which this book is nothing but a series of variations: faced with such a situation of saturation and closure, we must attempt to propose a new schema, a fourth type of knot between philosophy and art. Among these "inaesthetic" variations, the reader will encounter a sustained debate with contemporary philosophical uses of the poem, bold articulations of the specificity and prospects of theater, cinema, and dance, along with subtle and provocative readings of Fernando Pessoa, Stephane Mallarme, and Samuel Beckett.
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@fmct:Contents @toc4:Translator's Note iii @toc2:1 Art and Philosophy 0 2 What is a Poem?, or, Philosophy and Poetry at the Point of the Unnamable 00 3 A French Philosopher Responds to a Polish Poet 00 4 A Philosophical Task: To be Contemporaries of Pessoa 000 5 A Poetic Dialectics: Labid ben Rabi'a and Mallarme 000 6 Dance as a Metaphor for Thought 000 7 Theses on Theater 000 8 The False Movements of Cinema 000 9 Being, Existence, Thought: Prose and Concept 000 10 Philosophy of the Faun 000 @toc4:Source Materials 000 Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Aesthetics

About the Author

Alain Badiou holds the Chair of Philosophy at the Ecole Normale in Paris. Many of his books have been published in English, including Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Stanford, 2003), Manifesto for Philosophy (1999), and Deleuze: The Clamor of Being (1999).

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