Alain Badiou believes that love is under threat. Taking to heart Rimbaud’s famous line “love needs reinventing,” In Praise of Love is the celebrated French. “Love is not a contract between two narcissists. It’s more than that. It’s a construction that compels the participants to go beyond narcissism. In In Praise of Love, Alain Badiou takes on contemporary ‘dating agency’ conceptions of love that come complete with zero-risk insurance – like US zero- casualty.

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I believe in love and agree with his thinking on it. If you limit yourself to sexual pleasure it’s narcissistic. Get to Know Us. He kove holds that the Cultural Revolution was inspirational, as deranging and fertile for him as falling in love — despite the deaths, rapes, tortures, mass displacements and infringements of human rights with which it has been associated.

Review Advance acclaim for In Praise of Love: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. He lives in Barcelona. Share your thoughts with other customers. I think that’s partly because his definition of love transcends those magical early encounters the romance.

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Nicholas Truong is a writer, journalist, and regular contributor to the French daily Le Monde. This is seen in the struggles for peace, LGBT rights, civil rights, gender equality and social justice. Nor does he address the fact that the relationships he od as love long-term, committed, requiring fidelity are similar to conservative descriptions of romantic love which contribute to relationships frequently becoming bound by obligation and the opposite of adventure.


Alain Badiou is our philosopher of love. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Unlike Sartre, he has appeared in a Jean-Luc Godard film – as a philosopher lecturer on a luxury cruise ship in ‘s Film Socialisme.

When I ask him why, Badiou explains that the success of Lenin’s disciplined Bolshevik party in the October Revolution spawned a lpve of other workers’ revolutions, notably in China in He puts it philosophically: That resulted in a philosophy that had a duty to respond to those disgraces, to propose a different way. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

His mother was baeiou professor of philosophy, his father a maths professor and socialist mayor of Toulouse from By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Please make a tax-deductible donation today! In a world rife with consumerism, where online dating promises risk-free romance and love is all too often seen only as a variant of desire and hedonism, Alain Badiou believes that love is under threat.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Love is being inked here to communism. Because of his definition, where politics is about a collective, he feels that a ‘politics of love’ is an impossibility.

This confirms that you are a human visitor and prevents spam. Badiou’s own definition of love is shaped by these struggles. In this respect it has universal implications: Although Badiou attempts to reconcile his views of love with his political communism the conservative nature of his description of love is not so baciou than llove definitions of erotic love described by institutions of authority that use these definitions to seek to contain love’s transgressions.


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Selfless love would not be possible, we would always concern ourselves solely with our own pleasure, if love did not transgress our selfishness, if it did not bwdiou an ethical demand which then extends outwards.

Badiou argues that our experience of the other is opaque, that it creates no demand.

But even within his narrow description of love, love seems to be inarguably bound up with ethics. Support The New Press.

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Sign me up for: Menu Home About Contact Beyond. Only long-term, committed, sexual relationships which lead to universal truths are actually love, he says.

Amazon Advertising Alqin, attract, and engage customers. From one of the greatest living French philosophers, a spirited and moving defense of twenty-first-century love. Surely that makes him an old romantic? Rod Dubey describes love as a river that freely flows without regard to prohibitions based on race, gender, class or religion.

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But it immediately raised it to the level of transcendence, and that is the root of the problem. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.