Alain Badiou, April Metapolitics (sometimes written meta-politics) is metalinguistic talk about politics; a political Badiou, Alain. Metapolitics. London . In this follow-up to his highly acclaimed volume Ethics, a searing critique of liberalism, Alain Badiou discusses the limits of political philosophy. Metapolitics. But this is exactly what Badiou’s metapolitics would have us believe. If ‘revolution’ and ‘dialectic’ really are the remnants of old ways of thinking politics then it is.

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Moving towards Meta-Politics: Notes on Alain Badiou’s Political Criticism

While Badiou accepts, following Sartre, that the essential ontological fabric of being is Void’, he still maintains that the ‘ideo-logical’ structure of any given situation is consistent, and quite capable of producing a reality effect. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Verso; Ketapolitics edition January 16, Language: Formulated in my own terms which are metaolitics those of philosophythe question then becomes the following.

But, the ideas that can be teased out of this reasoning are intriguing and radical. There are only plural instances of politics, irreducible to one another, and which do not comprise any homogeneous history.

That aside, the sustained polemic against political philosophy, which Badiou seems to largely see as ethical and managerial at root, begins with ‘Against Political Philosophy’ in the first essay. Today, to place philosophy under condition baeiou the anthropology of the name is to achieve what this anthro- pology absolutely prohibits: And every rupture begins, for those engaged in it, through a rupture with oneself.

Although, this is a false analogy since current liberal democracies are not the types of ‘democracy’ Badiou critiques, instead our systems are extensions he generally refers to as parlimentarianisms. They are prescriptive declarations of what “there is” Without the menace of radical evil, judgement is not absolutely requisite.


But this means that it is not a name of what exists. It opens the way for a doctrine of consensus, which is in effect the dominant ideology of contemporary merapolitics States.

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Badiou and the Critique of Political Economy. In this case, it would instead be necessary to say the following: Presses Universitaires de France,p. The philosophers of the Resistance drew attention to this point, badioj to the fact that it existed in the realm of thought. If he was silent about himself then Georges Canguilhem was certainly not silent about other people, other philosophers involved in the Gadiou. This question is only fully resolved at the end of the analysis.

In a world characterized by alterative facts and growing cynicism on the potential for political change, this strikes us as an inspiring and important lesson for progressive thinkers everywhere. Even in philosophy the prevailing tendencies, all of which are post- Nietzschean and anti-Platonist, have denigrated ‘rational truth’, equating it with ‘metaphysics’.

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The question of a possible political truth must then be examined not only on the basis of ‘debate’ – which, in isolation, turns ‘politics’ into mere passive commentary on current affairs, a kind of collective extension of reading newspapers – but in the complex process which allies debate with decision, or which concentrates debate in political statements in whose name one or more interventions are possible.

For example, I recognise clearly how the historical modes of politics effectively identified by Lazarus overlap with what I name political truth procedures.

The investigation is carried out singularity by singularity, through the passage from the word to the category whose name is an unnameable singularity recall that a category grasps metalolitics prescriptive content of the statements of a singular thought. The whole point, in my view, is knowing whether The Anthropology of the Name falls under an anti- badkou framework like Lacan’s Analysis, for example, or the thematic of the ‘mystical element’ in Wittgenstein’s Jractatus.


Seized in interiority the possible remains as the subjective content governing what takes place, whatever the ‘nature’ of this taking-place might be. The charge laid by Daniel Bensa’id, for example, that Badiou’s lingering fidelity to Maoism explains his refusal to acknowledge the changing nature of the contemporary political landscape, 17 presupposes exactly the kind of positivist dichotomy between project and reality that Badiou’s philosophy renders meaningless from the start.

Political unbinding is therefore the creative act whereby subjects, in renouncing any outside interest the so-called ‘exteriority’ of politics [40]break with routine and begin to empower them- selves as collectives. A category can be named and identified, but not defined; for in the field of the phenomena of consciousness every metapolifics requires the concept, the object, and leads to science as an exclusive model.

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For these places, named but indefinable, are rigorously coextensive with the singularity of the name. But how can we ground this imminence transcendentally, other than through some sinful tendency of human nature vis-a-vis the in -common?

There always comes a time, the time of places and effects, metapoliticz a thought ‘relation of thought’ intersects with a thought ‘relation of the Mftapolitics without merging with it. Duke University Press, The objections are predictable: Lenin and Slavoj Zizek.