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In Praise of Love

In Praise of Love

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By (author) Alain Badiou, By (author) Nicolas Truong

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  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 176mm x 12mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846687799
  • ISBN 13: 9781846687792
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 18,285

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A new century, new threats to love ...Love without risks is like war without deaths - but, today, love is threatened by an alliance of liberalism and hedonism. Caught between consumerism and casual sexual encounters devoid of passion, love - without the key ingredient of chance - is in danger of withering on the vine. 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 bombs. He develops a new take on love that sees it as an adventure, and an opportunity for re-invention, in a constant exploration of otherness and difference that leads the individual out of an obsession with identity and self. Liberal, libertine and libertarian reductions of love to instant pleasure and non-commitment bite the dust as Badiou invokes a supporting cast of thinkers from Plato to Lacan via Karl Marx to form a new narrative of romance, relationships and sex - a narrative that does not fear love.

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Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, Alain Badiou is a leading French philosopher. With Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj Zizek, he has reclaimed for the radical left the concepts of being, truth and the subject. A lifelong communist, he is the author of The Meaning of Sarkozy, Being and Event, Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil and The Communist Hypothesis. Writer and journalist Nicolas Truong is a regular contributor to the French daily, Le Monde.

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Scarcely any other moral philosopher of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda -- Terry Eagleton One of the most important philosophers writing today -- Joan Copjec A philosopher who is far from willing to abandon humanity to the vicissitudes of so-called global capitalism -- Mark Fisher