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Department of Comparative Literature



Alain Badiou

(Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France)

"The contemporary figure of the soldier in poetry and politics"


January 30, 2007


314 Royce Hall


Alain Badiou was born in Rabat, Morocco. He is Professor (and formerly Chair) of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He

also teaches at the Collège International de Philosophie, and the European Graduate School, and has taught at University of Paris VIII. He

is co-founder and President of the Centre International d'Etude de la Philosophie Française Contemporaine. He was trained as a

mathematician, and was one of the founding members of the Unified Socialist Party in France, a group particularly active in the struggle for

the decolonization of Algeria. In addition to several novels, plays, and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical

works. He is the author most recently of Logiques des mondes. Several of his books have recently appeared in English, including, Being

and Event (Continuum 2006), as well as Handbook of Inaesthetics (Stanford 2005), Metapolitics (Verso, 2005), Ethics: An Essay on the

Understanding of Evil (Verso, 2001), Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Stanford 2003), Infinite Thought: Truth and the Return to

Philosophy (Continuum 2005). Badiou is rapidly emerging as one of the most radical and influential philosophers of our time, a peer of

Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan. Badiou opposes the contemporary reduction of philosophy to nothing but a matter of language and

premature announcements of the end of philosophy and thus sets himself against both analytic and continental modes of philosophy.

Setting the traditional Platonic concerns of philosophy, truth, and being against the modern sophists of postmodernism, Badiou has

articulated a powerful systematic philosophy with profound ethical and political consequences. Badiou's enormously original work has

made major contributions not only to philosophy and political theory, but also to psychoanalysis, film theory, and aesthetics.

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