The Meaning of Sarkozy

The Meaning of Sarkozy

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By (author) Alain Badiou, Translated by David Fernbach

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Hardback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 203mm x 15mm | 245g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184467309X
  • ISBN 13: 9781844673094
  • Sales rank: 485,921

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When Nicolas Sarkozy was elected President of the France in 2007, the world was shocked. Could this out and out right-winger really be the new leader of the Republic? Alain Badiou, in this sharp and focused intervention, claims that, in and of itself, the election of Nicolas Sarkozy as President is not an event, nor is it the cause for wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth. To understand the significance of "Sarkozy", we have to look behind the insignificance and vulgarity of the figure and ask what he represents, namely a reactionary tradition which goes back to the early nineteenth century. To escape from the ambience of depression and fear that currently envelops the Left, Badiou casts aside the slavish worship of electoral democracy and maps out a communist hypothesis that can lay the basis for emancipatory politics in the twenty-first century.

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ALAIN BADIOU teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosophie in Paris. In additional to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the Subject (1982), Being and Event (1988), Manifesto for Philosophy (1989), Conditions (1992) and Gilles Deleuze: The Clamour of Being (1997). His Ethics, Metapolitics and Polemics are also available from Verso.

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"One of the most important philosophers writing today." Joan Copjec "Scarcely any other moral thinker of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda.... Badiou has launched a transformative new intervention, which deserves to provoke a persisting response." Terry Eagleton "Badiou is at his strongest in pointing to the inconsistencies of a facile multiculturalism, the pluralism of the food court and the shopping mall, which wilts in the face of any genuine expression of cultural hostility to liberal values." Radical Philosophy "A book that aims at the very heart of politically correct "radical" intellectuals, undermining the foundations of their very mode of life!" Slavoj Zizek"