Pocket Pantheon (Hardcover)

Figures of Postwar Philosophy (Pocket Communism)

By Alain Badiou, David Macey (Translated by)

Verso, 9781844673575, 196pp.

Publication Date: July 21, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/13/2016)

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Pocket Pantheon is an invitation to engage with the greats of postwar Western thought, such as Lacan, Sartre and Foucault, in the company of one of today’s leading political and philosophical minds. Alain Badiou draws on his encounters with this pantheon – his teachers, opponents and allies – to offer unique insights into both the authors and their work. These studies form an accessible, authoritative distillation of continental theory and a capsule history of a period in Western thought.

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.

David Macey translated some twenty books from French to English. He was the author of Lacan in Context, the acclaimed The Lives of Michel Foucault, The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory and Frantz Fanon: A Biography. He died in October 2011.

Praise For Pocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy (Pocket Communism)

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

“One of the most important philosophers writing today.”—Joan Copjec

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