Books written by Alain Badiou


The End

Polity | September 10, 2019 | 160 pages
The notion of the ‘end’ has long occupied philosophical thought. In light of the horrors of the 20th century, some writers have gone so far as to declare the end of philosophy itself, emphasising the impossibility of thinking after Auschwitz. In this book the distinguished philosopher Alain... More Info


Polity | May 20, 2019 | 80 pages
The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States sent shockwaves across the globe. How was such an outcome even possible? In two lectures given at American universities in the immediate aftermath of the election, the leading French philosopher Alain Badiou helps us to make sense of... More Info

In Praise of Politics

Polity | April 29, 2019 | 120 pages
Against the backdrop of an alarming rise in authoritarianism and the crisis of liberal democracy, few would consider extoling the virtues of politics today. Yet in this lively dialogue with journalist Aude Lancelin, leading French thinker Alain Badiou argues that it is precisely through politics... More Info

Can Politics Be Thought?

December 28, 2018 | 152 pages
In Can Politics Be Thought?--published in French in 1985 and appearing here in English for the first time--Alain Badiou offers his most forceful and systematic analysis of the crisis of Marxism. Distinguishing politics as an active mode of thinking from the political as a domain of the state,... More Info

I Know There Are So Many of You

Polity | November 19, 2018 | 80 pages
The history of humanity has only just begun. The Neolithic Revolution may have endowed us with unparalleled means of communication, subsistence and knowledge acquisition. However, it is clear in today’s world that inequality, power hierarchies and violence persist on a greater scale than ever... More Info

The True Life

Polity | April 10, 2017 | 80 pages
'I'm 79 years old. So why on earth should I concern myself with speaking about youth?' This is the question with which renowned French philosopher Alain Badiou begins his passionate plea to the young. Today young people, at least in the West, are on the brink of a new world. With the decline of old... More Info

The Agony of Eros

MIT Press | April 7, 2017 | 88 pages
An argument that love requires the courage to accept self-negation for the sake of discovering the Other.  More Info


June 8, 2016 | 112 pages
Martin Heidegger was an ordinary Nazi and a loyal member of the provincial petty bourgeoisie. He was also a seminal thinker of the Continental tradition and one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers. How are we to make sense of this dual life? Should we factor Heidegger's domestic... More Info


Polity | November 30, 2016 | 80 pages
Who has not had the frightening experience of stumbling around in the pitch black? As a child, Alain Badiou went through it when he, along with friends, made up a game called “On the stroke of midnight.” The furtive discovery of the dark continent of sex in banned magazines, the beauty of black... More Info

Theoretical Writings

Bloomsbury Academic | December 3, 2015 | 256 pages
Alain Badiou is arguably the most original and influential philosopher working in France today. Working against the tide of postmodern orthodoxy, Badiou revitalizes philosophy's perennial attempt to provide a systematic theory of truth. Theoretical Writings presents, in Badiou's own words, 'the... More Info

Infinite Thought

Bloomsbury Academic | December 18, 2014 | 176 pages
Alain Badiou (1937- ) is one of the most high profile and controversial philosophers writing in France today. A leading light in the generation of thinkers who come of intellectual age in 1968, his work deftly draws on a wide range of intellectual traditions and thinkers from Plato and Lucretius,... More Info

The Age of the Poets

Verso | November 4, 2014 | 160 pages
The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger's famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it... More Info

Reflections on Anti-Semitism

Verso | August 1, 2013 | 256 pages
A critical assessment of how the authors believe that facile accusations of anti-Semitism are used to stifle dissent argues that Israel has become increasingly salient to imperial strategy and aggressive toward Palestinians, deconstructing the practices of identifying Jewish interests within... More Info

Plato's Republic

December 18, 2012 | 400 pages
Plato's Republic is one of the best-known and most widely-discussed texts in the history of philosophy. But how might we get to the heart of this work today, 2,500 years after its original composition? Alain Badiou breathes life into Plato's landmark text and revives its universality. Rather than... More Info

L'Incident D'Antioche

Columbia University Press | February 10, 2013 | 216 pages
Offers an English-French bilingual edition of a noted philosopher's play, in which statesmen, workers and revolutionaries struggle to reconcile the nature and practice of politics. Reprint.  More Info


Verso Books | January 15, 2013 | 224 pages
One of the most powerful voices in contemporary French philosophy explodes the facile assumptions behind the recent ethical turn.  More Info

Philosophy for Militants

Verso | November 20, 2012 | 122 pages
A philosophical guidebook for the struggles to come An urgent and provocative account of the modern ‘militant’, a transformative figure at the front line of emancipatory politics. Around the world, recent events have seen the creation of a radical phalanx comprising students, the young, workers... More Info

The Rebirth of History

Verso | July 1, 2012 | 192 pages
Testing the winds of history blowing from the Arab revolts.  More Info

Democracy in What State?

June 12, 2012 | 144 pages
"Is it meaningful to call oneself a democrat? And if so, how do you interpret the word?" In responding to this question, eight iconoclastic thinkers prove the rich potential of democracy, along with its critical weaknesses, and reconceive the practice to accommodate new political and cultural... More Info