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By Alain Badiou; Cecile Winter; Steve Corcoran (Translator)

Verso, Hardcover, 9781844670895, 339pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2006

Following on from Alain Badiou's acclaimed works "Ethics" and "Metapolitics," "Polemics" is a series of brilliant metapolitical reflections, demolishing established opinion and dominant propaganda, and reorienting our understanding of events from the Kosovo and Iraq wars to the Paris Commune and the Cultural Revolution.
With the critical insight and polemical bravura for which he is renowned, Badiou considers the relationships between language, judgment and propaganda and shows how propaganda has become the dominant force. Both wittily and profoundly, Badiou presents a series of radical philosophical engagements with politics, and questions what constitutes political truth.

About the Author
Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including "Theory of the Subject," "Being and Event," "Manifesto for Philosophy," and "Gilles Deleuze." His recent books include "The Meaning of Sarkozy," "Ethics," "Metapolitics," "Polemics, " "The Communist Hypothesis," "Five Lessons on Wagner," and "Wittgenstein s Anti-Philosophy."

Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University, is the author of "Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America," and "The Actuality of Communism." He is also the translator of several books by Alain Badiou: "Theory of the Subject, Can Politics Be Thought?" and "What Is Antiphilosophy? Essays on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Lacan." He currently serves as the General Editor of "Diacritics."

Peter Hallward teaches at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University, London. He is the author of several books including "Absolutely Postcolonial," "Badiou: A Subject to Truth, " "Out of This World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation," and "Damming the Flood." "From the Trade Paperback edition.""

Praise For Polemics

“Scarcely any other moral thinker of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda.”—Terry Eagleton