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In Praise Of Love


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French philosopher Alain Badiou turns his attention to love

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Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, Alain Badiou is a leading French philosopher. With Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj Zizek, he has reclaimed for the radical left the concepts of being, truth and the subject. A lifelong communist, he is the author of The Meaning of Sarkozy, Being and Event, Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil and The Communist Hypothesis.


Scarcely any other moral philosopher of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda -- Terry Eagleton
One of the most important philosophers writing today -- Joan Copjec
A philosopher who is far from willing to abandon humanity to the vicissitudes of so-called global capitalism -- Mark Fisher

In this free-ranging, thought-provoking dialogue, French intellectual, philosopher, and playwright Badiou sings a paean to the anticapitalist, antiessentialist, unifying power of love. Edited from a conversation between Badiou and Truong at the Avignon Festival's Theatre of Ideas, Badiou's ruminations center on some of the themes addressed in his previous work, The Meaning of Sarkozy. Specifically, Badiou's discussion of love is rooted in his fight against "zero risk" economic theories of interaction and relationship replacing the volatile emotional contours of love and friendship. His description of the latter draws from sources as rarefied as Jacques Lacan and Emmanuel Levinas to classic French litterateurs like Stephane Mallarme and Paul Claudel. The book's ode to love's power to unite in the face of eternity, and its optimism in the face of pain is wonderful for readers of pop philosophical writers like Mark Grief, Laura Kipnis, and Simon Critchley-especially those recently dumped. Agent: George Lucas, Inkwell Management. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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