Philosopher and professor emeritus at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, founder of the International Centre of French Contemporary Philosophy and political activist within the Marxist- Leninist Union of Communists of France, a playwright (L’Écharpe rouge, 1979) as well as a novelist (Calme bloc ici-bas, 1997), Alain Badiou is one of the most translated French thinkers in the world.
In his work, where dazzling moments, occasional writings and political speeches stand alongside classical philosophical relentless approaches, the European pattern stands out with a surprising consistency. In a collection published in 2003 under the title Circonstances II, Alain Badiou showed a remarkable foresight when making of the German- French couple and opposition the heart of a “new power” able to continue “Europe’s spiritual destiny”. Besides, the contradictions baseline he examined in Un parcours grec ( A greek path), the eighth volume of Circonstances released in septembre 2016, was again sited “in Europe first of all, certainly, but finally in the world how it is”. Therefore the issue of linking together the right scales in political action gained a particular place in his thought, as demonstrated in his last publication, Eloge de la politique ( Elegy to Politics), a conversation with Aude Lancelin, where he revisits the need for a multiscale – or let’s say geopolitical - approach to ask anew the question of politics.
April 9, 2018
April 9, 2018