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Alain Badiou

French writer and philosopher


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Alain Badiou is formerly chair of Philosophy at the École normale supérieure (ENS), and is a founder of the faculty of Philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII along with French philosophy luminaries Michel Foucault and Jean-François Lyotard. Badiou though associated with postmodern thinkers like Foucault maintains that his thought and work cannot be described adequately by postmodernism, though it is not also purely modern. He is a prominent advocate of a return to communism as a form of government.

Badiou received his diploma from the École Normale Supérieure, essentially a master’s degree in Philosophy, on the topic of modern philosopher Spinoza. He then taught at the Lycée Louis-Le-Grand, where he met playwright and philosopher François Regnault. The two became politically active, and in fact Badiou was later a founding member of the Unified Socialist Party. Badio’s philosophical work has focused on diverse subjects, including logic and set theory (a topic in mathematical logic) as well as topics considered part of Continental philosophy, like political theory and even psychoanalysis. In spite of his insistence that he should not be classified as a postmodernist, he is considered influential in that area of French philosophy.

Badiou served as Honorary President at The Global Center for Advanced Studies in 2014-15, an educational and research organization with locations in New York City and Dublin.

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Alain Badiou is a French philosopher, formerly chair of Philosophy at the École normale supérieure and founder of the faculty of Philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII with Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Jean-François Lyotard. Badiou has written about the concepts of being, truth, event and the subject in a way that, he claims, is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity. Badiou has been involved in a number of political organisations, and regularly comments on political events. Badiou argues for a return of communism as a political force.

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University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

University located in Reims, France

University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis

Public university in Paris, France

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