Nothing But the Truths
Badiou’s recent writings expand his commitment to classical philosophy
by Alain Badiou
translation by Steven Corcoran
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On November 7, three days after Election Day, Alain Badiou gave a lecture at New York University on theater and philosophy. The discussion afterward, conducted in a mixture of French and English, quickly turned to the president-elect. “Obama?” Badiou replied. “As actor or as politician?” When the audience laughed, he explained that he did not mean the distinction negatively. While it was too soon to judge Obama as politician, Badiou stipulated, we could already judge him as actor, one who had broken with modern modes of self-presentation by returning to a classical style: sober, thoughtful, deliberate.
The same could be said of Badiou. He is of roughly the same generation as the French poststructuralist and postmodernist philosophers who studied Lacan and Althusser, but his style is markedly different from Derrida’s
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