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Badiou, Zizek, and Political Transformations: The Cadence of Change
by Adrian Johnston
Northwestern University Press, 2009
Paper: 978-0-8101-2570-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6364-5 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-2569-8
Library of Congress Classification JA71.J585 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.011

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Alain Badiou and Slavoj Ž iž ek together have emerged as two of Europe’s most significant living philosophers. In a shared spirit of resistance to global capitalism, both are committed to bringing philosophical reflection to bear upon present-day political circumstances. These thinkers are especially interested in asking what consequences the supposed twentieth-century demise of communism entails for leftist political theory in the early twenty-first century.



Badiou, Ž iž ek, and Political Transformations examines Badiouian and Ž iž ekian depictions of change, particularly as deployed at the intersection of philosophy and politics. The book details the origins of Badiou’s concept of the event and Ž iž ek’s concept of the act as related theoretical visions of revolutionary happenings, delineating a number of difficulties arising from these similar concepts. Johnston finds that Badiou and Ž iž ek tend to favor models of transformation that risk discouraging in advance precisely the efforts at changing the world of today that these uncompromising leftists so ardently desire. Badiou, Ž iž ek, and Political Transformations will surely join Johnston’s Ž iž ek’s Ontology as an instant classic in its field.



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