In this collection of essays, Alain Badiou revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger's famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic r abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare the end of what Badiou names the age of the poets, from Holderlin to Celan. Drawing on ideas from his first publication on the subject, The Automy of the Aesthetic Process, Badiou also offers an illuminating set of readings of contemporary French prose writers, giving us fascinating insights into the theory of the vel while also accounting for the specific position of literature between science and ideology.
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 Rebirth of History, Ethics, Metapolitics, Polemics, The Communist Hypothesis, Five Lessons on Wagner, and Wittgenstein's Anti-Philosophy.