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Badiou in Conversation (ICA)

September 17, 2010
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On 27 October 2010, the ICA is hosting a talk by Alain Badiou, in conversation with Alberto Toscano and Alex Duttmann.

Philosopher Alain Badiou has spearheaded the notion of the ‘communist hypothesis’; in the wake of the financial crisis a truly egalitarian radical politics is now back on the agenda. This is a subject that other prominent thinkers such as Terry Eagleton and Slavoj Zizek are also grappling with. Badiou has also famously said that ‘Marxism does not exist’, which prompts the question: Can you have communism without Marxism?

Such debate takes place against the backdrop of an increasing marginalization of philosophy in academia. Within this context, is it possible for philosophy to claim a meaningful impact on today’s society however insightful its ideas? What are the conditions for the realisation, as Badiou puts it, of a philosophy ‘which helps existence to be changed’? What does it mean to ask from within philosophy: where are we now?

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