This title is a concise and accessible introduction to this key theorist.Alain Badiou is undoubtedly the most exciting and influential voice in contemporary French philosophy and one of the most important theorists at work today. His impact on continental philosophy and the wider philosophy community, politics and the arts in the last twenty years has been immense."Alain Badiou: Live Theory" offers a concise and accessible introduction to his work and thought, laying out the central themes of his major works, including his magnum opus, "Being and Event", and its long-awaited sequel, "Logics of Worlds". Oliver Feltham explores the fundamental questions through which Badiou's philosophy constantly evolves, identifies the key turning points in his ideas, and makes a clear case for the coherence and powerful singularity of his thought when employed in the analysis of political and artistic situations. Feltham examines the thinkers and theorists with whom Badiou has engaged and who have engaged with him, arguing that Badiou's work is exciting precisely because it opens up new genealogies and new polemics in the intellectual landscape.
The book includes a brand new interview with Badiou, in which he discusses his current concerns and future plans.This is the ideal companion to study for students and readers encountering this fascinating thinker for the first time.
Oliver Feltham teaches literature and philosophy at the American University of Paris, France, the University of California Paris Centre, and is a researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.
1. The Althusserian Years: Epistemology and the production of change; i. Structural Change in Society; ii. Structural Change in Knowledge: science and ideology; iii. The mathematical concept of model and scientific change; 2. Maoism and the dialectic; Introduction; i. The Maoist turn: the Primacy of Practice; ii. The Structural Dialectic and its Periodization; 3. Systematic Philosophy: From Being and Event to Logiques des mondes.; Introduction: the subtraction of Maoism; i. The Return to and Renovation of Systematic Philosophy; ii. The Extra Dose of Contingency: the Event, the Intervention and the eagle; iii. Forcing and the Generic: the old mole; iv. Method; v. Logiques des mondes as a Further Renovation of Systematic philosophy; vi. Conclusion: The pleasures of incompletion.