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Ethics by Alain Badiou
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This one is written by the polemicist Badiou not the set theorist Badiou - intended for a more popular audience it's written with a flourish which would be exasperating in a more scholarly work and is extremely readable for it. There's a lot of gloss over his ontology and his Lacanian fundamentals, which is appropriate I think but if you've never even heard of a 'multiple set' or a 'mirror stage' you might want to do a spot of research before picking up Ethics; I recommended it to some friends who had little experience with philosophy or critical theory and the exciting concepts for them all got completely eclipsed by intimidatingly unfamiliar phrases.

That said, it IS worth doing that research for the sake of the book, and if you're a postfreudian nut or seasoned ontologist there's no excuse whatsoever to avoid Ethics. I don't know anyone yet who swallows it whole but it contains nonetheless exciting, life affirming thought that does a lot to dispel tiring postmodern anomie.
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