ALAIN BADIOU METAPOLITICS PDF

To run with the Medusa metaphor: it is fortunate that there are several pretty sharp mirrors through which I have been able to glimpse ways in which I can use Badiou. Someday, though, I hope to really be able to gaze at "The Theory of the Subject" without being turned to stone. On the one hand, Badiou clearly has an inspirational and radical perspective here but the opacity of his language at least as translated and consequently his thought process is very tedious to follow. In Metapolitics, Badiou provides a new path for interpreting politics by also redefining it. Instead of it being a justification of the State to subsist, Badiou removes it from here and places it across a wide chasm among subjects, a "homogeneous multiplicity".

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To run with the Medusa metaphor: it is fortunate that there are several pretty sharp mirrors through which I have been able to glimpse ways in which I can use Badiou. Someday, though, I hope to really be able to gaze at "The Theory of the Subject" without being turned to stone. On the one hand, Badiou clearly has an inspirational and radical perspective here but the opacity of his language at least as translated and consequently his thought process is very tedious to follow.

In Metapolitics, Badiou provides a new path for interpreting politics by also redefining it. Instead of it being a justification of the State to subsist, Badiou removes it from here and places it across a wide chasm among subjects, a "homogeneous multiplicity". In this work we This is a tough one. He methodically outlines his objective accounting of his subjectivity which is de rigeur. There is always a number of points or assumptions or consequences of any procedure he invokes.

It is all very abstract and in some ways takes on a kind of phenomenology. But deep in the subsequent analyses of Althusser and Ranceire, we happen on some remarkable implications of this work during a discussion on political bonds and democracy. Badiou confronts liberal democracy in a unique way as a fascism of consensus. Even the idea of dissent against this consensus is simultaneously a crime against the State and a meaningless act in a politics that is built on a heterogeneous multiplicity that trumps such dissent.

Evidence of this perspective can be seen in the interpretation of the recent American "debt crisis" debate where there was only one path possible for resolution; no binary or coalition or even hegemonic path is possible, merely the false pretense of consensus.

But for Badiou, what is just is a politics that is never converted to a relation of the State, but instead remains as a perpetual revolution of the homogeneous multiplicity. Of course as I say, all of this is described in very abstract terms and so a practical application of these ideas is rarely employed except for the essay What is a Thermidorean?.

Even then, unless you are an expert on the intricacies of French history and politics from the revolution to today, it is far from clear. Ultimately the purpose of this itself is abstract since it means to critique the regressive fascism that eats away at the emancipatory politics devised in this tome.

The final essay, Politics as Truth Procedure we are treated to a brief attempt at the set theory symbolism Badiou likes to deploy to sum up some of these notions, but it is rudimentary and therefore essentially unnecessary, but I have a feeling I will discuss this further once I get into his Being and Event which is in my stack. But, the ideas that can be teased out of this reasoning are intriguing and radical. In some respects, this could easily be a groundwork for the Postmodern Anarchism I was complaining about in the book of the same name I previously reviewed.

But this swings in the other direction. Somewhere between these two, may well be a truly revolutionary praxis waiting to be told.

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Metapolitics

The PSU was particularly active in the struggle for the decolonization of Algeria. He wrote his first novel, Almagestes, in To quote Badiou himself, the UCFml is "the Maoist organization established in late by Natacha Michel , Sylvain Lazarus , myself and a fair number of young people". This organization disbanded in , according to the French Wikipedia article linked to in the previous sentence.

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Jump to navigation Jump to search Metapolitics sometimes written meta-politics is metalinguistic talk about politics; a political dialogue about politics itself. In this mode, metapolitics takes on various forms of inquiry, appropriating to itself another way toward the discourse of politics and the political. It assumes a self-conscious role of mediating the analytic, synthetic, and normative language of political inquiry and politics itself. Put simply, it is dialogue about the way politics will talk and does speak about itself. The language used for studying, analyzing, and describing a language is a metalanguage.

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