The Meaning of Sarkozy

The Meaning of Sarkozy


By (author) Alain Badiou


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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 14mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844676293
  • ISBN 13: 9781844676293
  • Sales rank: 275,012

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Alain Badiou, in this sharp and focused intervention, claims that the election of Nicholas 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 insignificant vulgarity of the figure and ask what he represents, namely a reactionary tradition which goes back to the early nineteenth century, in the process mapping 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 Aecole normale superieure and the College international de philosophie in Paris.

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"A brilliant polemic on whatthe new French President stands for, and what theLeft should never stand for. Written in the traditionof Marx's Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte,Badiou's book bristles with angry intelligence,excavating the ore of hope from a politics ofparalysis and prejudice." W. Malley, Times Higher Education Supplement "Compelling ... He deconstructs, with languid, sarcastic ferocity, the notion that 'France chose Sarkozy'... a very French piece of political venom." The Observer "Magnificently stirring - a characteristically lucid polemic from a philosopher who is far from willing to abandon humanity to the vicissitudes of so-called global capitalism. " Mark Fisher, Frieze