|aTheory of the subject /|cAlain Badiou ; translated by Bruno Bosteels.
|axliv, 367 p. ;|c21 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aThe place of the subjective -- Everything that is of a whole constitutes an obstacle to it insofar as it is included in it -- Action, manor of the subject -- The real is the impasse of formalization : formalization is the locus of the passing-into-force of the real -- Hegel : "the activity of force is essentially activity reacting against itself" -- Subjective and objective -- The subject under the signifiers of the exception -- Of force as disappearance, whose effect is the whole from which it has disappeared -- Deduction of the splitting -- A la nue accablante tu? -- Any subject is a forced exception, which comes in second place -- Jewelry for the sacred of any subtraction of existence -- Lack and destruction -- The new one forbids the new one and presupposes it -- On the side of the true -- There are no class relations -- Every subject crosses a lack of being and a destruction -- The subjects antecedence to itself -- Torsion -- Theory of the subject according to Sophocles, theory of the subject according to Eeschylus -- Of the strands of the knot, knowing only the color -- A materialist reversal of materialism -- The Black sheep of materialism -- The indissoluble salt of truth -- Answering to the sphinx demands from the subject not to have to answer or the sphinx -- Algebra and topology -- Neigborhoods -- Consistency, second name of the real after the cause -- So little ontology -- Subjectivization and subjective process -- The topological opposite of the knot is not the cut-dispersion but the destruction-recomposition -- Subjectivizing anticipation, retroaction of the subjective process -- Hurry! hurry! word of the living! -- The inexistent -- Logic of the excess -- Topics of ethics -- Where? -- The subjective twist : and -- Diagonals of the imaginary -- Schema -- Ethics as the dissipation of the paradoxes of partisanship -- Classical detour -- Love what you will never believe twice.
Bosteels (romance studies, Cornell University) has accomplished the amazing feat of making the English translation of Alain Badiou’s first major philosophical work both readable and true to the lyrical style of the original. Badiou’s philosophy, along with that of Foucault, has been applied to sociology, anthropology, history, literary criticism, film studies and political theory. In this book, the ideas of which he later expanded upon and revised, Badiou’s grounding in Marxism and Maoism underlies his viewpoint. However, his reassessment of Hegel, Mallarm矇 and Greek tragedy go far beyond political dogma. His treatment of the theories of Freud and Lacan demonstrate a much more subjective view of the danger of any government than they had. It is easy to be caught up in Badiou’s poetic style and miss his message. This elegant new translation will allow those who may have come to Badiou second or third-hand through summary articles to experience the genesis of his thought for themselves. Annotation 穢2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)