Badiou and the German Tradition of Philosophy

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Badiou and the German Tradition of Philosophy

The oeuvre of Alain Badiou has gained international success and recognition, but most of the secondary literature focuses on internal problems of Badiou's philosophy, rather than its position within a broader philosophical genealogy. Les mer
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Badiou and the German Tradition of Philosophy

The oeuvre of Alain Badiou has gained international success and recognition, but most of the secondary literature focuses on internal problems of Badiou's philosophy, rather than its position within a broader philosophical genealogy. This book unites philosophers from Germany, Slovenia, the UK, Australia and France, to trace the relation between elements of Badiou's philosophy and the German philosophical tradition, namely the three significant movements of German Idealism, Phenomenology, Marxism and the Frankfurt School. This is a discussion that has not yet been established, although the parallels and decisive differences between poststructuralist French philosophy and German philosophy are apparent.

Through these paradigms - Badiou's reception of German Idealism, Marxism, Adorno and the Critical Theory, and Heideggerian phenomenology - the authors shed light onto Badiou's inheritance of and engagement with these specific traditions, but also highlight the links between these philosophies to open up new questions for contemporary continental thought.

With an original chapter from Alain Badiou himself, looking back at his influences and antagonisms within the German tradition, this book is essential for readers interested in the exploration of Badiou's legacy. It illustrates the continuation of poststructuralist philosophy, Critical Theory and the Frankfurt School, assessing the place of classic continental philosophy to tackle how we might benefit from these intellectual exchanges today.

Introduction Jan Voelker, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany

Chapter 1. `Beyond the Negative Dialectics : Beyond the Weak Opposition Heidegger /Adorno'Alain Badiou

Section 1: German Idealism
Chapter 2. `Badiou and Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment' Rado Riha, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences, Slovenia
Chapter 3.`Lack and Concept: On Hegelian motives in Badiou' Dominik Finkelde, Munich School of Philosophy, Germany
Chapter 4. `Hegel's Immanence of Truths` Frank Ruda, Bard College Berlin, Germany
Chapter 5. `Lack and Excess / Zero and One: Hegel with Badiou Limits of Idealism' Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Chapter 6. `The Torsion of Idealism' Jan Voelker, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany

Section 2: Adorno
Chapter 7. `Yes and No. The Negativity of the Subject' Christoph Menke, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Chapter 8. `From Melancholy of Form to Metaphysics of Happiness: Form and Feeling in Adorno and Badiou' Rok Bencin, Slovenian Academy of Sciences, Slovenia
Chapter 9. `Badiou, not without Adorno' Jelica Sumic, Slovenian Academy of Sciences, Slovenia
Chapter 10. `Can a Philosopher Have Dirty Hands? What Adorno has to say about Badiou' Alexander Garcia Duttmann, Berlin University of the Arts, Germany

Section 3: Heidegger
Chapter 11. `Heidegger and Being and Event' Justin Clemens, University of Melbourne, Australia
Chapter 12. `Badiou Reading Heidegger' Elisabeth Rigal, National Centre for Scientific Research, France
Index

Brings together an international selection of philosophers to explore the relation between Badiou's philosophy and major strands of German philosophy: German Idealism, Phenomenology, and the Frankfurt School

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