There is little doubt that Alain Badiou is one of the most challenging and controversial figures in contemporary philosophy. This volume of essays brings together leading commentators from both sides of the Atlantic to provide an introduction to Badiou’s work through critical studies of his more productive and controversial ideas.
Over the course of three decades, his numerous and extensive texts have challenged traditional views on ontology, mathematics, aesthetics, literature, politics, ethics, philosophy, and sexual difference. His texts on Plato, Saint Paul, Pascal, Lacan, Althusser, Heidegger, Mallarme, Pessoa, and Beckett are among the most perceptive and penetrating essays on contemporary philosophical and literary culture. In addition to providing insight into the basic conceptual apparatus of Badiou’s philosophy, the essays also offer a more substantial critical assessment of the import of his main theses for different disciplines.
Contributors include Bruno Bosteels, Ray Brassier, Joan Copjec, Simon Critchley, Miguel de Beistegui, Juliet Flower MacCannell, Pierre Macherey, Norman Madarasz, Tracy McNulty, Jean-Michel Rabate, and Gabriel Riera.