‘Alain Badiou: A Critical Introduction’ by Jason Barker

Published by Pluto Press in 2001.

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Alain Badiou is one of the most radical and influential philosophers of our time. Badiou opposes the contemporary reduction of philosophy to nothing but a matter of language and premature announcements of the end of philosophy and thus sets himself against both analytic and continental modes of philosophy.

Setting the traditional platonic concerns of philosophy, truth and being, against the modern sophists of postmodernism, Badiou has articulated a powerful systematic philosophy with profound ethical and political consequences.


[Badiou’s theory] enacts a return to full-blown philosophy that strikes as a thunder into the morass of postmodernist sophisms and platitudes. . . . [Badiou] aims at the very heart of politically correct ‘radical’ intellectuals, undermining the foundations of their mode of life!

— Slavoj Žižek, Professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana

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