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- DescriptionTwenty years ago, Alain Badiou's first Manifesto for Philosophy rose up against the all-pervasive proclamation of the end of philosophy. In lieu of this problematic of the end, he put forward the watchword: one more step . The situation has considerably changed since then. Philosophy was threatened with obliteration at the time, whereas today it finds itself under threat for the diametrically opposed reason: it is endowed with an excessive, artificial existence. Philosophy is everywhere. It serves as a trademark for various media pundits. It livens up cafes and health clubs. It has its magazines and its gurus. It is universally called upon, by everything from banks to major state commissions, to prounce on ethics, law and duty. In essence, philosophy has w come to stand for thing other than its most ancient enemy: conservative ethics. Badiou's second manifesto therefore seeks to demoralize philosophy and to separate it from all those philosophies that are as servile as they are ubiquitous. It demonstrates the power of certain eternal truths to illuminate action and, as such, to transport philosophy far beyond the figure of the human and its rights . There, well beyond all moralism, in the clear expanse of the idea, life becomes something radically other than survival.
- Author BiographyAlain Badiou is Emeritus Professor in Philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure.
- Author(s)Alain Badiou
- PublisherPolity Press
- Date of Publication17/12/2010
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolity Press
- Weight212 g
- Width125 mm
- Height190 mm
- Spine15 mm
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