Author(s): Alain Badiou


Polemics is a series of brilliant metapolitical reflections, demolishing established opinion and dominant propaganda, and reorienting our understanding of events from the Kosovo and Iraq wars to the Paris Commune and the Cultural Revolution. As once witty and profound, Badiou presents a series of radical philosophical engagements with politics, and questions what constitutes political truth.


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"In Polemics, there are withering critiques and witty demolitions of the so-called war on terror, the invasions of Iraq, the bombardment of Serbia and the pantomime of parliamentary democracy - There is a delightful Swiftian satire on the Islamic headscarf affair and a denunciation of the racism that led to the riots in the banlieus late in 2005." Simon Critchley, London Review of Books "Scarcely any other moral thinker of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda." Terry Eagleton

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781844677634
  • : Verso Books
  • : Verso Books
  • : January 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alain Badiou
  • : Paperback
  • : 368