‘The Century’ by Alain Badiou

Published by Polity Press in 2005. Download link updated on 28. June 2021.


The 20th century has been judged and condemned as the century of totalitarian terror, of utopian and dangerous ideologies, of empty illusions and mass genocides. In this major book Badiou undertakes to re-examine this century through an immanent investigation of the century itself in its unfolding.


  1. Search for a Method
  2. The Beast
  3. The Unreconciled
  4. A New World. Yes, but When?
  5. The Passion for the Real and the Montage of Semblance
  6. One Divides Into Two
  7. Sex in Crisis
  8. Anabasis
  9. Seven Variations
  10. Cruelties
  11. Avant-Gardes
  12. The Infinite
  13. The Joint Disappearances of Man and God
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