The perfect companion piece to Badiou's Pocket Pantheon, this collection is essential reading for anyone interested in what Badiou calls the "French moment" in contemporary philosophy. From the often-quoted review of Louis Althusser's canonical works For Marx and Reading Capital to the scathing critiques of the "potato fascism" in Gills Deleuze and Felix Guattari's Anti-Oedipus and the "grand politics" of Christian Jambet and Guy Lardreau's The Angel; from talks on Michel Foucault and Jean-Luc Nancy to reviews of the work of Jean-Francois Lyotard and Barbara Cassin, Badiou reveals the exceptionally rich and varied adventure that is French philosophy.
ALAIN BADIOU teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays, and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works. His recent books include The Meaning of Sarkozy, Ethics, Metapolitics, The Communist Hypothesis and Five Lessons on Wagner.