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Pocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy

A journey through twentieth-century philosophy with the titan of French thought

Pocket Pantheon is an invitation to engage with the greats of postwar Western thought, such as Lacan, Sartre and Foucault, in the company of one of today’s leading political and philosophical minds. Alain Badiou draws on his encounters with this pantheon—his teachers, opponents and allies—to offer unique insights into both the authors and their work. These studies form an accessible, authoritative distillation of continental theory and a capsule history of a period in Western thought.

Reviews

  • “Badiou’s sardonically compressed style is never less than pungent.”
  • “Badiou and his ‘pantheon’ remind us that a relevant as well as rigorous philosophy remains attainable, not to mention urgently needed.”

Blog

  • Alain Badiou, No Limit

    Philippe Douroux's report from Alain Badiou's final seminar was first published in Libération. Translated by David Broder. 



    His audience was there. 280 people in front of him, and thirty others in the hall before a screen, on the lookout for others leaving so that they too could enter the "cave" and face the master. An equal mix of men and women, the old and the young — mainly older, it should be said. None of them are dressed eccentrically, though there are sometimes some flashes of colour like orange or yellow trousers, or a bright yellow scarf with Indian motifs, doubtless a hangover of the 1970s. At the moment that everyone was about to go their separate ways, soon before midnight that evening, he even earned a standing ovation. That tells us how fervent his audience is.

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  • Althusser Today: Alain Badiou in conversation with Bruno Bosteels and Nick Nesbitt [VIDEO]


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  • Alain Badiou: Reflections on the Recent Election

    On November 9th, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. Alain Badiou responded in a talk at the University of California, Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the pro­gram in Exper­i­ment­al Crit­ic­al The­ory and the Center for European and Rus­si­an Stud­ies. Below we share the transcript of his response, originally published at Mariborchan — an eloquent reflection not only on the specific events that unfolded last week, but on the situation of the world today.


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Other books by Alain Badiou Translated by David Macey