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Co-sponsored Event: Two Lectures by Alain Badiou (Ecole normale superieure and College international de philosophie)

Event Date: 
Monday, April 11, 2005 to Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Co-sponsored Event:

Two Lectures by Alain Badiou (Ecole normale superieure and College international de philosophie)
"Two Difficult Points in Being and Event: From a Remark by Desanti on Ontology to a Remark by Lyotard about the Double Signification of 'Event'"
"Democratic Materialism and Materialist Dialectic: The Framework of Philosophy Today"

April 11 & 12, 2005
4:00 - 6:00 pm
HRI Conference Room, Administration 338

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays, and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the Subject (1982) and Being and Event (1988). Several of his books have recently appeared in English, including Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil (Verso 2001) and in 2003, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Stanford University Press), Infinite Thought: Truth and the Return to Philosophy (Continuum), and On Beckett (Clinamen Press). Badiou is rapidly emerging as one of the most radical and influential philosophers of our time, a peer of Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan. Badiou opposes the contemporary reduction of philosophy to nothing but a matter of language and premature announcements of the end of philosophy and thus sets himself against both analytic and continental modes of philosophy. Setting the traditional Platonic concerns of philosophy, truth, and being against the modern sophists of postmodernism, Badiou has articulated a powerful systematic philosophy with profound ethical and political consequences. Badiou's enormously original work has made major contributions not only to philosophy and political theory, but also to psychoanalysis, film theory, and aesthetics.

Readings for the lectures are available at www.thinkingwithshakespeare.org/Co-sponsored by the UC Humanities Research Institute, the UC Irvine Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the UC Irvine Department of French and Italian, the UC Irvine Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies, UC Irvine Humanities Center, and the Working Group in Law, Society, and Culture.