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The ship sails on

Review of Badiou's Cinema
by / 2014 / Web Content

Review | RP184 (Mar/Apr 2014) Alain Badiou, Cinema, Polity, Cambridge, 2013. 320 pp., £55.00 hb., £17.99 pb., 978 0 74565 567 3 hb., 978 0 74565 568 0 pb. To call a book simply Cinema is to frame its contents as a contribution to the theorization of cinema, and thus, for a certain readership, to identify it as something other than film criticism. It is, in other words, to announce […]


Our contemporary impotence

Dossier: The Greek Symptom: Debt, Crisis and the Crisis of the Left
by / RP 181 (Sept/Oct 2013) / Article

We have, in this conference, discussed all of the crucial aspects of the situation in Europe and especially in Greece. We have, of course, analysed the great historical structures at stake: the particularly aggressive global politics of contemporary capitalism, the complicit weakness of the various states, and the reactive role played by Europe as it now stands, but also the law of subjective forms that illuminates the contemporary dialectic of […]


Politics in a Tragic Key

by / RP 180 (July/Aug 2013) / Article

In memory of Joel Olson (1967-2012) In the quarter-century or so since the obscure disaster of the Soviet bloc’s collapse, two words have been pinned to that of ‘communism’ with liberal abandon: ‘tragedy’ and ‘transition’. Tragedy, to signify the magnitude of suffering, but not the greatness of the enterprise; the depth of the fall, but not the rationality of the ambition. Transition, to capitalism, shadowed by the enumeration of crimes, […]


The Autonomy of the Aesthetic Process

With introduction by Bruno Bosteels
by / RP 178 (Mar/Apr 2013) / Article

After achieving considerable critical acclaim with Almageste and Portulans – two avant-garde novels that promptly caught the attention of his long-time intellectual model Jean-Paul Sartre – Alain Badiou published ‘The Autonomy of the Aesthetic Process’, his first work as a philosopher.1 Written in 1965 as part of a seminar presented under the aegis of his other proclaimed master, Louis Althusser, and published the following year in a special issue of […]


An introduction to Alain Badiou’s ‘The autonomy of the aesthetic process’

by / RP 178 (Mar/Apr 2013) / Article

See Alain Badiou, ‘The Autonomy of the Aesthetic Process’ (in the same issue)


The Two Names of Communism

by / RP 177 (Jan/Feb 2013) / Article

Toujours avec l’espoir de rencontrer la mer, lis voyageaient sans pain, sans batons et sans urnes, Mordant au citron d’or de l’ideal amer. Stephane Mallarme, 18621 The recent explosion of writing on the communist idea, ideal and ‘communization’ recovers or expands a moment in the early to mid-1980s when French politi­cal theory and philosophy (in particular Felix Guattari and later Jean-Luc Nancy) and post-operaism in Italy were thinking through the […]


More than everything

Žižek's Badiouian Hegel
by / RP 177 (Jan/Feb 2013) / Article

There are philosophical books, minor classics even, which are widely known and referred to, although no one has actually read them page by page… a nice example of interpassivity, where some figure of the Other is supposed to do the reading for us. Slavoj Žižek1 Allow me to be that figure (for now anyway), for Žižek has published a book which, while in no way unread­able – assuming one lives […]


Flickers

by / 2013 / Web Content

Bruno Bosteels, Marx and Freud in Latin America: Politics, Psychoanalysis and Religion in Times of Terror, Verso, London and New York, 2012. 326 pp., £19.99 pb., 978 1 84467 755 9. Bruno Bosteels is probably best known to readers of Radical Philosophy as translator of and commentator on the work of Alain Badiou – most recently in his Badiou and Politics (Duke University Press, 2011) – and a contributor in […]


176 Reviews

Books Reviewed:Benoît Peeters, Derrida: A BiographySimon Critchley, The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political TheologyClaudia Aradau and Rens Van Munster, Politics of Catastrophe: Genealogies of the UnknownStuart Price, Worst Case Scenario? Governance, Mediation and the Security RegimeMartin Breaugh, L’Expérience PlébéienneTina Chanter, Whose Antigone? The Tragic Marginalization of SlaveryStella Sandford, Plato and SexAlain Badiou, with Nicolas Truong, In Praise of LoveYehoshua Yakhot, The Suppression of Philosophy in the USSR: The 1920s & 1930sJay Lampert, Simultaneity and Delay: A Dialectical Theory of Staggered Time
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Reviewing Rancière. Or, the persistence of discrepancies

Dossier: The Althusser–Rancière Controversy
by / RP 170 (Nov/Dec 2011) / Article

In the nearly four decades since its original publication, Althusser’s Lesson has acquired a certain mythical aura as the dark precursor of things to come. Even with the wealth of translations of Jacques Rancière’s work that have been published at an increasingly feverish pace over the past few years in the wake of the author’s worldwide success as a bestselling thinker of politics and aesthetics, this book – in my eyes […]


Flaubert’s parrot

by / 2011 / Web Content

Jacques Rancière, The Politics of Literature, trans. Julie Rose, Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden MA, 2011. 215 pp., £55.00 hb., £17.99 pb., 978 0 74564 531 5 hb., 978 0 74564 530 8 pb. David Cunningham The ongoing role played by French philosophy in underwriting the contemporaneity of anglophone theory has entailed, since the 1970s, the development of a particularly complex relationship to literature as an academic discipline. This has had […]


Theatre and the public

Badiou, Rancière, Virno
by / RP 157 (Sep/Oct 2009) / Article


156 Reviews

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Stefan Jonsson, A Brief History of the Masses: Three Revolutions Alberto Toscano Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker, The Exploit: A Theory of Networks Tiziana Terranova Catherine Malabou, What Should We Do with Our Brain? Andrew Goffey Lisa Baraitser, Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption Alison Stone Damian F. White, Bookchin: A Critical Appraisal Mick Smith George Yancy, Black Bodies, White Gazes: The Continuing Significance of Race Timothy Chambers Jacques […]


The jargon of finitude

Or, materialism today
by / RP 155 (May/Jun 2009) / Article


‘On the Idea of Communism’, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, London, 13–15 March 2009

by / RP 155 (May/Jun 2009) / Conference Report


Gramsci and the political

From the state as ‘metaphysical event’ to hegemony as ‘philosophical fact’
by / RP 153 (Jan/Feb 2009) / Article


The Substance of Thought, Cornell University, NY, 10–12 April 2008

by / RP 150 (Jul/Aug 2008) / Conference Report


149 Reviews

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Julian Bourg, From Revolution to Ethics: May ’68 and Contemporary French Thought Knox Peden Alain Badiou, De Quoi Sarkozy est-il le nom? Circonstances Peter Hallward Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Robert Spencer John Roberts, The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art after the Readymade Steve Edwards Matthew Beaumont, Andrew Hemingway, Esther Leslie and John Roberts, eds, As Radical as Reality Itself: Essays on Marxism […]


Neo-classic

Alain Badiou’s Being and Event
by / RP 142 (Mar/Apr 2007) / Article


131 Reviews

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Jacques Rancière, The Politics of Aesthetics: The Distribution of the Sensible Alain Badiou, Handbook of Inaesthetics Stewart Martin Jacques Rancière, The Philosopher and His Poor Mark Neocleous Andrew Feenberg, Heidegger and Marcuse: The Catastrophe and Redemption of History Drew Milne Eli Zaretsky, Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis Stephen Frosh Peter Atterton and Matthew Calarco, eds, Animal Philosophy: Ethics and Identity Alastair Morgan David Renton, […]