Theory of the Subject (Hardback)
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Theory of the Subject (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 28/05/2009
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Badiou is widely considered to be France's most important and exciting contemporary thinker. Much of Badiou's earlier work (including "Being and Event") can only be fully understood with a clear grasp of "Theory of the Subject", one of his most important works."Theory of the Subject", first published in France in 1982, is without doubt one of Alain Badiou's most important works, laying many of the foundations for his magnum opus, "Being and Event". Here Badiou seeks to provide a theory of the subject for Marxism through a study of Lacanian psychoanalysis, offering a major contribution to Marxism, as well as to the larger debate regarding the relationship between psychoanalysis and philosophy.The book also provides a history and theory of structuralism and poststructuralism, a unique evaluation of the achievements of French Maoism during the 1970s and the significance of the events of May 1968, and breathtaking analyses of art and literature. As a theoretical synthesis, the book is extraordinary in terms of its originality, breadth and clarity. This is arguably Badiou's most creative and passionate book, encompassing the entire battlefield of contemporary theory, philosophy and psychoanalysis. Available for the first time in English, and including a new preface by the author, this is a must-read for anyone interested in this lively and highly original thinker.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780826496737
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm


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Reviewed in The European Legacy, Vol. 16, No. 4
"A rare achievement, a true philosophical classic, comparable to only two or three books in the twentieth century, such as Heidegger's Being and Time. The difference is that, if Being and Time left its mark on twentieth-century thought, Theory of the Subject announces the thought of the twenty-first century. It opens up the path that Badiou followed in his two later classics, Being and Event and Logics of Worlds, but it enforces this opening with a violent freshness which far surpasses its later developments. So beware, reader: when you open this book, you hold in your hands proof that philosophers of the status of Plato, Hegel and Heidegger are still walking around today!" - Salvoj i ek
"Theory of the Subject is the first of Badiou's three great philosophical works, along with Being and Event and Logics of Worlds. It is his most passionate, most uncompromising and most revolutionary book. Bruno Bosteels has long been its most ardent and eloquent reader, and he is the ideal person to present and translate this challenging text"- Peter Hallward, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University, UK

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