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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Nor does he speak of street theatre.

We all love truth, according to Badiou. To move from an encounter to an on-going construction of love by two people requires a declaration of love, a frightening move because it takes us from the chance nature of the first meeting to an eternity lived out in the day-to-day world.

Maybe, the vagaries of love are too complex to contain in any one book. A compelling case for the exclusion of examples that we would commonly refer to as love is never made. What is real is narcissistic, Lacan suggested, what binds imaginary. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. When I ask him why, Badiou explains that the success of Lenin’s disciplined Bolshevik party in the October Revolution spawned a series of other workers’ revolutions, notably in China in Politics is enthusiasm with a collective; with love, two people.


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Ships from and sold by Amazon. Nicholas Truong is a writer, journalist, and regular contributor to the French daily Le Monde. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Topics Books A life in Theatre has a communist nature, he says, bringing disparate people together to one endand, as such is a model for collective action.

In other words love is, in many respects, the opposite of sex. By the end of this short book however which is made up of interviews with journalist Nicolas Truong we feel the lover’s abandonment of promises not fulfilled. These are, in his view, a modern variant alian arranged marriage. Add both to Alainn Add both to List. I believe in love and agree with his thinking on it. Provided it isn’t conceived only as an exchange of mutual favours, or isn’t calculated way in advance as a profitable investment, love really is a unique trust placed in chance.

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Write a customer review. Only long-term, committed, sexual lovve which lead to universal truths are actually love, he says. I think about the distinction Badiou describes in In Praise of Love. There he engaged in fierce intellectual debates with his fellow professors Deleuze and Lyotard, even though he considered them traitors to the communist cause.

Skip to main content. He feels that theatre and love both combine thought and the body, and require declaration, repetition and practice. We’re climbing a very big ladder. The Meaning of Sarkozyin which he notoriously called the last French president “rat man” for playing on public concerns about crime and immigration.


Badiou’s position with respect to love is ultimately an idealistic one. The links to Communism were a bit unexpected but the rationale given makes a rough sort of sense albeit one that sits uneasily in my mind next to this particular political lofe.

They try to suppress the adventure of love. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. But it immediately raised it to the level of transcendence, and that is the root of the problem. Current politics frequently focuses on identity, attacking immigrants for example, and this is the enemy of love.

The theatre lovee speaks of, however, seems to be what one thinks of when speaking about formal versions, as a theatre troupe with an attendant audience.

Starting out from something that is simply an encounter, a trifle, you learn that you can experience the world on the basis of difference and not only in terms of identity.

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