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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It is absolutely essential to evacuate ‘objective’ unities such as ‘society’ or ‘complex whole’, and to adhere strictly to the discipline of categories such as ‘historical mode of polities’which only emtapolitics to subjective singularities and places that deploy unnamcable names. Cambridge University Press, Speaking of ‘the’ political here masks the philosophical defence of a politics, which merely confirms my belief that every philosophy is conditioned by a real politics.

Cavailles, Lautman, and a great many others who were by no means philosophers, only thought it important to metapoltics the sit- uation like it was, and therefore to risk that there were risks – and there are always a good many, great or small, when thought opens up possibles. What is a philosophy which is potentially contemporaneous with the anthropology of the name, and no longer with dialectical and positivist anthropolo- gies?

Furthermore, as I have hinted at, it seems that even in Badiou’s larger work, the argument for the suturing of evental politics to philosophy is actually quite thin in the larger work, and if that fails, so do most of these polemics. Am I going to conclude, solely motivated by the vain desire to protect philosophy, that the anthropology of the name is impossible?

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This was the metapolitivs period of betrayal, which went by way of undifferentiated praise for ‘human rights’, the devastating critique of ‘total- itarianism’, the rallying to bourgeois parliamentarianism, the support for apparently humanitarian but in reality imperialist bdaiou, and finally capitulation the world over to American arrogance. This ‘by logic’ contains the connection between philosophi- cal rigour and the metapolitlcs prescription. Grasped through its philosophical figures, the Resistance indi- cates almost blindly another path.


I Think, Therefore I Draw. Rob KruegerDavid Gibbs Limited preview bxdiou Highlighting the ‘dispersive flexibility’ of Marx and Lenin’s ‘party’, Badiou responds in Chapter 4 with the concept of ‘polit- ical unbinding’.

Philosophy, which requires the deployment of four con- ditions, cannot specialise in any one of them. The foundation of a discipline; the anthropology of the name. That aside, the sustained polemic against political philosophy, which Badiou seems to largely see as ethical and managerial at root, begins with ‘Against Political Philosophy’ in the first essay. More fundamentally still, it elimi- nates the category of the object.

If this were the case, we could identify the name through the reality that it designates, and we would metxpolitics leave of interiority. Granted, what Badiou calls the ‘political prescription’ is aimed at transforming social ‘contradictions’ e.

Caleb Narvaez rated it liked it Feb 14, The language used for studying, analyzing, and describing a language is a metalanguage.


Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The hope is that this will better indicate what makes his position unique, both because of its systematic connection to his metaphysics, and due to its own novelty as a philosophical account of meta politics.

Lazarus concludes, in his dense style: The answer is patently obvious: Moreover, they are prescriptive because they stem from a thought of politics whose essential movement is that of a separation which inscribes the possible as a rational and practicable character of this separation. On this basis, Badiou’s present commitment to locally situated politics would seem to mark a subtle yet significant change in emphasis. No group, no class, no social con- figuration or mental objective was behind the Resistance.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Equally I defend the idea that these four conditions are truth procedures. 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 subjectively legitimated through the evental occurrence which POLITICS AS THOUGHT 27 punctuated its guiding problem.

Indeed, pre- scriptions raise the prospect of real political change: If he was silent about himself then Georges Canguilhem was certainly not silent about other people, other philosophers involved in the Resistance. The configuration of the name and the places of the name is the one in which, when politics terminates, the name terminates on the grounds that so does the mode. I admit to being quite struck by this double negation.


There is anthropology ‘from the moment when the question which is posed is that of knowing if thought is thinkable’. Don’t have an account?

A category is that which only exists within the singular interiority of a thought. A Speculative Disquisition on the Concept of.

These modes can be char- acterised through their interiority or exteriority. Explore the Home Gift Guide. But what type of par- liamentary system is it that puts up with Le Pen and his ilk in the first place simply in order to cast its own racist policies in a more favourable, less ‘extremist’ light?

Its ‘doing’, which is the same thing as its thought, prescribes the place. And indeed, his work develops many trenchant criticisms of capitalism, the state, and the ideologies of the powerful. University of Chicago Press, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less. Even the idea of dissent against this consensus is simultaneously a crime against the State and metaolitics meaningless act in a politics that is built on a heterogeneous multiplicity that trumps such dissent.

IV The political history of English-speaking countries is by no means familiar with Maoist extremism of the 1 s apart from in the militarised, rather than political, form of the Black Panthers and the Weathermenor with the reactionary violence of the 1 s. Today, the mere spectacle of democracy and few are more skilled at waxing lyrical on the benefits of liberal democracy than the contemporary armchair philosophers lives on badioy the work of Richard Rorty, whose preference for ‘irony’ over real politics is well documented.

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