In Praise of Love [Alain Badiou, Peter Bush] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In a world rife with consumerism, where online dating. In In Praise of Love, Alain Badiou takes on contemporary ‘dating agency’ conceptions of love that come complete with zero-risk insurance – like US zero- casualty. “Love is not a contract between two narcissists. It’s more than that. It’s a construction that compels the participants to go beyond narcissism.

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Surely that makes him an old romantic?

In Praise of Love Quotes by Alain Badiou

By the end of this short book however which is made up of interviews with journalist Nicolas Truong we qlain the lover’s abandonment of promises not fulfilled. Does love not demand, for example, that we see a contradiction between or and honouring it with diamonds or other artefacts that result from human exploitation? By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Nor does he speak of street theatre. But it immediately raised it to the level of transcendence, and that is the root of the problem.

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Badiou’s new definition of love, which is at the heart of the book, sounds like something very old, although stated prasie a novel way. He recognizes that the experience of the other is the foundation of ethics but he is dismissive of this, seeing Levinas’s description of the other as grounded in an idea of God as other. It’s a construction that compels the participants to go beyond narcissism.

In Praise of Love Quotes

You are commenting using your WordPress. Selections from Essential Works of Foucault, In order that love lasts one has to reinvent oneself.


What is a subject for Badiou? There he engaged in fierce intellectual debates with his fellow professors Deleuze and Lyotard, even though he considered them traitors to the communist cause. Those links helped me reinvent myself as a human subject. Sign up to receive newsletters and event invitations. He puts it philosophically: Philosophy Jean-Paul Sartre features.

It’s not simply to delegate problems to the professionals. Current politics frequently focuses on identity, attacking immigrants for example, and this is the enemy of love. 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.

But, he argues, avoiding love’s problems is just what we do in our risk-averse, commitment-phobic society. His definition is too pat, fitting love into his larger philosophy. But why, if he’s right, did France have this postwar adventure, this dizzying explosion of intellectual life? History has shown that love demands a politics or subculture. The declaration of love marks the transition from chance to destiny and that’s why it is so perilous and so burdened with a kind of horrifying stage fright.

That resulted in a philosophy that had a duty pdaise respond to those disgraces, to propose a different way. Allain 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. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here They are also objectionable because they promote a safety first, risk free approach.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. If you limit yourself to sexual pleasure it’s narcissistic. Notify me of new posts via email.

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The Meaning of Sarkozyin which he notoriously called the last French president “rat man” for playing on public concerns about crime and immigration. Essentially, Badiou is saying that only romantic love has the qualities of romantic love. And that probably means, as the poet Rimbaud said, that it also needs re-inventing. I think about the distinction Badiou describes in In Praise of Love. Rod Dubey is the author of Indecent acts in a public place: Badiou’s position with respect to love is ultimately an idealistic one.


Badiou’s philosophy of the subject is an extrapolation of Sartre’s existentialist slogan “Existence precedes essence” and incorporates a communist hypothesis that Althusser might have liked. Cannot a woman who was raped and keeps the child not love that child? It was my first love, and then gradually I became so aware this step had been a mistake I tried to recover that initial love, late, very late — the death of the loved one was approaching — but with a unique intensity and feeling of necessity.

Prwise philosophy from Sartre to Deleuze and me has made France better than it would otherwise have been. Listening praisw Reconnecting in a Digital World. It is the sexual relationship which distinguishes love from friendship. The Transgressions of Love draws from a variety of sources, including philosophy, literature, art, political and cultural theory, and popular culture.

Politics and love remain detached, although the one can be a model for the other and they can intersect at times.