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Think Again

Slavoj Ž iž ek is not alone in thinking that Alain Badiou's recent work is "the event of contemporary philosophy." Think Again, the first publication of its kind, goes a long way towards justifying his assessment. Badiou is nothing if not polemical and the most suitable way to approach his philosophy is precisely through the controversies it creates. This book, which opens with an introduction aimed at readers new to Badiou's work, presents a range of essays which explore Badiou's most contentious claims in the fields of ontology, politics, ethics and aesthetics. Alain Badiou has devised perhaps the only truly inventive philosophy of the subject since Sartre. Almost alone among his peers, Badiou's work promises a genuine renewal of philosophy, a subject he sees as conditioned by innovation in spheres ranging from radical politics to artistic experimentation to mathematical formalization.
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Table of Contents

1. Peter Hallward (King's College, London), 'Editor's Introduction: Consequences of Abstraction'; 2. Etienne Balibar (University of Paris X), 'The History of Truth: Alain Badiou in French Philosophy'; 3. Jean-Luc Nancy (University of Strasbourg), 'Philosophy Without Conditions'; 4. Ray Brassier (University of Middlesex), 'Nihil Unbound'; 5. Alex Garcia Duttmann (University of Middlesex), 'What Remains of Fidelity After Serious Thought'; 6. Jean-Toussaint Desanti (University of Paris I), 'Alain Badiou's Intrinsic Ontology'; 7. Todd May (Clemson University), 'Badiou and Deleuze on the One and the Many'; 8. Daniel Smith (Purdue University), 'Badiou and Deleuze on the Ontology of Mathematics'; 9. Daniel Bensaid (University of Paris VIII), 'Badiou and the Miracle of the Event'; 10. Peter Dews (University of Essex), 'On Badiou's Ethics of Truths'; 11. Ernesto Laclau (University of Essex), 'An Ethics of Militant Engagement'; 12. Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths College, London), 'Communism as Separation'; 13. Bruno Bosteels (Cornell University), 'On the Subject of the Dialectic'; 14. Slavoj Zizek (University of Ljubljana), 'From Purification to Subtraction: Badiou and the Real'; 15. Ed Pluth (Duquesne University) & Dominiek Hoens (Jan van Eyck Academy), 'What if the Other is Stupid? Badiou and Lacan on "Logical Time" '; 16. Alenka Zupancic (University of Ljubljana), 'The Fifth Condition'; 17. Jean-Jacques Lecercle (University of Paris X), 'Badiou's Poetics'; 18. Jacques Ranciere (University of Paris VIII), 'Aesthetics, Inaesthetics, Anti-Aesthetics'; 19. Alain Badiou (Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris), 'Afterword'

About the Author

Peter Hallward lectures at Kings College, London.


"Alain Badiou enacts a return to full-blown philosophy, striking as a thunder into the morass of postmodernist sophisms and platitudes. His work aims at the very heart of politically correct radical intellectuals, undermining the foundations of their mode of life!" - Slavoj Zizek; "One of the most important philosophers writing today." - Joan Copjec"

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