Philosophy for Militants (Pocket Communism)
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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 and immigrants. It is Badiou’s contention that the politics of such militants should condition the tasks of philosophy, even as philosophy clarifies the truth of our political condition.
To resolve the conflicts between politics, philosophy and democracy, Badiou argues for a resurgent communism – returning to the original call for universal emancipation and organizing for militant struggle.
Philosophy for Militants ALAIN BADIOU Translated with a foreword by Bruno Bosteels Contents Cover Title Page Translator’s Foreword 1 The Enigmatic Relationship between Philosophy and Politics 2 The Figure of the Soldier 3 Politics as a Nonexpressive Dialectics Sources Appendix: Reflections on the Crisis in Quebec Further Reading Copyright Translator’s Foreword 1 What better way to preface this charming set of talks on the relationship between politics and philosophy than by asking to what
proof for anyone whatsoever, without exception, who accepts the primitive choice and the logical rules. Thus, we obtain the notions of choice, consequences, equality and universality. What we have here is in fact the paradigm of classical revolutionary politics, whose goal is justice. One must begin by accepting a fundamental choice. In the historical sequence which goes from the great Jacobins of 1792, executed in throngs in 1794 after the 9th Thermidor, to the last storms of the Cultural
European combination is teetering, as we’ve seen with Greece, and everyone understands that France and Germany form the hard core of Europe. A merger would make it possible to stand up to the other economic great powers, which neither France nor Germany – nor Europe – is capable of doing today. The French and German economies are already intertwined, so let’s have this hard core realised politically! That could be in the form of a federal State, as is already the case with Germany. F.G.: And with
selected texts from Badiou’s organisation UCFML, as well as an interpretation by the Italian sociologist Alessandro Russo about the last meeting of the Red Guards with Chairman Mao. ON BADIOU AND CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEORY Antonio Calcagno, Badiou and Derrida: Politics, Events and Their Time (London: Continuum, 2007) Adrian Johnston, Badiou, Žižek, and Political Transformation: The Cadence of Change (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2009) Nick Hewlett, Badiou, Balibar, Rancière:
decades, we can expect that they may escape the gloomy discipline of the current state of affairs. We know this, since each of these collectives, in the politically limited but historically assured form of the mass movement, has given proof of a form of existence that is irreducible to the games of the economy and the State. Let us name the schooled youth who, worried about their future, not so long ago were victorious on the question of the CPE.10 This is a lively and self-assured movement – a