Books written by Alain Badiou

Heidegger

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

Black

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
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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

Ethics

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