The Century

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John Wiley & Sons, May 18, 2018 - Philosophy - 248 pages
Everywhere, the twentieth century has been judged and condemned: the century of totalitarian terror, of utopian and criminal ideologies, of empty illusions, of genocides, of false avant-gardes, of democratic realism everywhere replaced by abstraction.

It is not Badiou's wish to plead for an accused that is perfectly capable of defending itself without the authors aid. Nor does he seek to proclaim, like Frantz, the hero of Sartre's Prisoners of Altona, 'I have taken the century on my shoulders and I have said: I will answer for it!' The Century simply aims to examine what this accursed century, from within its own unfolding, said that it was. Badiou's proposal is to reopen the dossier on the century - not from the angle of those wise and sated judges we too often claim to be, but from the standpoint of the century itself.

 

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Contents

Dedication
The beast
The unreconciled
A new world Yes but when?
The passion for the real and the montage of semblance
One divides into
Sex in crisis
Anabasis
Seven variations
Cruelties
Avantgardes
The infinite
The joint disappearances of Man and
The strategic brain of man directing
Remarks on the translation
Copyright

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Alain Badiou, Professor of Philosophy, l'Ecole normale superieure

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