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Manifesto for Philosophy: Followed by Two Essays: "The (Re)Turn of Philosophy Itself" and "Definition of Philosophy"

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Contrary to those proclaiming the end of philosophy, Badiou aims to restore philosophical thought to the complete space of the truths that condition it.
Paperback, 188 pages
Published June 24th 1999 by State University of New York Press (first published 1989)
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Jonathan Widell
I am still thinking... I think we are only hearing a distant rumbling on the horizon. Badiou is so...I don't know, he would be absolutely demented if he were not so frigging brilliant. He has later described his Manifesto for Philosophy as a sort of companion to his magnum opus Being and Event. He said that after he had written a similar companion to his second magnum opus, Logic of Worlds.

The Manifesto for Philosophy is so much more and so much less than a companion to anything. I can't believ...more
John
As far as I can tell, this book (not unlike Levinas's Totality and Infinity, but with a different theme) simply develops a Heideggerean theme (here, "Ereignis") while simultaneously claiming to be anti-Heideggerean. Much of the development of the idea here is good, but the self-congratulatory, polemical remarks against Heidegger are really unhelpful. Though no justification for it is given in the book, Badiou's identification of the 4 different domains of significance is provocative and interest...more
David
Interesting summary of where Badiou was when he finished Being and Event. It's a little confusing at this point, since some of the terms here are translated differently than later translators have chosen to do. For example, here we find "eventful" and "post-eventful" which would later be (better) rendered "evental" and "post-evental". For this reason, this seems to stand on its own much less well than Badiou's later Second Manifesto for Philosophy, which I found beautiful and provocative on its...more
Andrew
This book is an excellent response to all the e-scatological postmodernists out there. Philosophy is not dead, as some say, nor is it reduced to narrow, Anglo concerns.
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Alain Badiou, Ph.D., born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School EGS. Alain Badiou was a student at the École Normale Supérieure in the 1950s. He taught at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis) from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the philosophy department. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll...more
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