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The Communist Hypothesis

Alain Badiou, David Macey (Translated by), Steve Corcoran (Translated by)


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“We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy—the form of state suited to capitalism—and to the inevitable and ‘natural’ character of the most monstrous inequalities.”—Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou’s “communist hypothesis,” first stated in 2008, cut through the cant and compromises of the past twenty years to reconceptualize the Left. The hypothesis is a fresh demand for universal emancipation and a galvanizing call to arms. Anyone concerned with the future of the planet needs to reckon with the ideas outlined within this book.

Praise For The Communist Hypothesis

“A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!”—Slavoj Žižek

“A Little Red Book for our time?”—Platypus

“An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser.”—Lucy Wadham, New Statesman

“Shaking the foundations of Western liberal democracy.”—Times Higher Education Supplement

“One of the saddest, funniest books of the past 20 years.”—John Kappes, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Verso, 9781781688700, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

About the Author

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the École normale supérieure and the Collège 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.