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For Badiou, love is an existential project, a constantly unfolding quest for truth. But it immediately raised it to the level of transcendence, and that is the root of the problem.

He feels that theatre and love both combine thought and the body, and require declaration, repetition and practice. Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World. Politics and love remain detached, although the one can be a model for the other and they can intersect at times.

In his new book, Badiou writes about his love life. They know sexual pleasure — but we all know what Lacan said about sexual pleasure.

Skip to main content. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Although Badiou attempts to reconcile his views of love with his political communism the conservative nature of his description of love is not so different than the definitions of erotic love described by institutions of authority that use these definitions to seek to contain love’s transgressions.

He contrasts his view of love as a construction with the view of love as an experience of difference. L ove, says France’s greatest living philosopher, “is not a contract between two narcissists. I’m not going to speak against the freedom to experiment sexually like some old arse” — “un vieux connard” — “but when you liberate sexuality, you don’t solve the problems of love.


Although there is a separation, Badiou feels that communism will provide new possibilities for love. I really don’t like all these theological ruminations inspired by love. Show 25 25 50 All. French Philosophy Since It’s also a rebuke to postwar and often postmodern French philosophers such as Derrida, Lyotard, Baudrillard and Foucault with whom he argued and all of whom he has outlived.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! It presupposes gender equality which has been fought for both theoretically and in practice, particularly its practice in love and it presupposes colour, class and gender blindness.

You may also be interested in. His book promises something new, a re-invention of love as an act of daring and adventure to rescue it from liberals, libertines and the operators of computer dating sites alike. Those links helped me reinvent myself as a human subject. Although he recognizes that both love and politics can be transgressive, he argues that they do not overlap. But it’s not like that. This is hardly a fair dismissal of liberal or libertine views, but the argument is possibly not developed because the interview format doesn’t t lend itself to this sort of development.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Ib approach is that love is both an encounter and a construction. An old man tells you this! Refresh and try again. The New Press is a nonprofit public-interest book publisher.

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Alain Badiou badioou our philosopher of love. And that probably means, as the poet Rimbaud said, that it also needs re-inventing. In that sense I’m neither romantic nor classic. He credits Sartre with revivifying that French model of what a philosopher could be. The goal of love is not to create a family and the goal of politics is not power.


Alain Badiou’s “In Praise of Love”

We love without regard to class, colour, religion, and gender because love transgresses these boundaries. Badiou’s very odd, post-existentialist, heretically Marxist and defiantly anti-parliamentary conception of politics has a similar trajectory. Moving, zealous, and wise, In Praise of Love urges us not to fear love but to see it as an adventure, a magnificent quest that compels us to explore otherness and difference, ultimately leading us away from an obsession with the self.

As a relationship moves from point to point it requires continual reaffirmation and re-declaration. From one of the greatest living French philosophers, a spirited and moving defense of twenty-first-century love. Badiou hasn’t voted sincea habit he didn’t break in France’s recent presidential election.

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Their idea is you calculate who has the same tastes, the same fantasies, the same holidays, wants the same number of children.

Desire, in this case, originates with love and is the expression of a declaration of love.

You can’t buy a lover. Nicolas Truong is a writer, journalist, and regular contributor to the French daily Le Monde.

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