In the uprisings of the Arab world, Alain Badiou discerns echoes of the European revolutions of In both cases, the object was to overthrow despotic. Alain Badiou’s latest book to be translated into English is ‘The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings’ (published by Verso Books. The Rebirth of History has ratings and 24 reviews. Tanuj said: Theoretical contributionsClassification of riotsHistorical riots as events that reo.

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A great summation with many lessons to be drawn for future practice. Historical riots, notes Badiou, become so large that they typically occupy a site- such as Tahir Square. State University of New York Press. Theoretical contributions Classification of riots Historical riots as events that reopen History. Badiou sees a common theme connecting all oof them – a long overdue return of the masses onto the stage of history, and the stirrings of a global revolt against a criminal and murderous ruling class.

Science Logic and Mathematics. Mar 24, Burak rated it really liked it Shelves: In sharp contrast, the Spanish indignados, although sincere and brave in their striving, are still caught within the ontological horizons of the pre-established political order in the articulation of their demands; a reinforced order against which demands from within are always already negated due to their being posited in terms of the internal logic of the regime itself.

Newer Post Older Post Ihstory. Jan 01, Trevor added it. The Rebirth of History surveys the Arab revolutions, the riots in England last August, the Spanish indignados movement and much more. This understanding results from experiencing first hand the contradictions of capitalism. They start to understand the Form of Good, even though they cannot see it or yet od it. Latent riots are not literally riots at all but actions such as proxy strikes, gebirth which people who do not work at a site badipu for the rites of the workers while they work, or protests in which large cross-sections of workers come together and potentially have to confront the police.

A man sets himself on fire hostory Tunisia. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Academics too often fail us, offering theoretical and methodological devotion at the expense of a commitment to the realities of emergent resistance. While he accepts the crucial role of workers in challenging capitalism, and of organisation in conducting mass politics, he is hazy about what class or party might mean today.

While representing a departure from Marxist dialectics – for which he is often criticised – this book demonstrates that Badiou’s ideas make an important contribution to the materialist tradition.

Truth and the Return to Philosophy. Events are foundational breaks with the repetition and order of the world. Occupy Wall Street was singular in that it captured the attention of the entire world and created not just one site, but sites across the globe offering negative critiques of capitalism. And above all he displays what Antonio Gramsci called “optimism of the will”. No one is saying “Democracy! In it, Badiou steps away from his more hisfory used anecdotes—particularly that of May Almost invariably, such riots are in reaction to baxiou injustice committed by the state.

The Rebirth of History

It isn’t clear whether Badiou and many others have been wrong in their -perhaps quick- assessment of the current-and-coming times as an “age of revolts,” as the four years since this book’s release has been quieter in terms of riots than such a prophecy could og implied.

In this short book he carries out an analysis of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and beyond, and his excitement is infectious. No trivia or quizzes yet. He treats their actions with the respect and seriousness they deserve.

Organizing is what transcends the impotence of rioting and brings about revolutionary change. His philosophy seeks to expose ihstory make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation. But sometimes skepticism is just short sightedness. Lists with This Book. Badiou goes to the trouble of explaining all of his unique terminology and how his ideas fit together into his main argument in this short, powerful, optimistic and inspiring book.

These revolutionary breaks are what Badiou calls “events” – and was full of them.


But the revolutions of proclaimed abdiou a century and a half the return of revolutionary thought and action. Jul 04, Pages Buy. Badiou is on the side of the masses against capital and the state. Histlry second criticism that must be made is a philosophical one. It’s not clear what is gained by understanding striking as just one particular form of rioting.

Aug 27, Rallie rated it really liked it. Hardcoverpages.

The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings

And then on the general possibility of badiiou political truth in the country. But perhaps Badiou has too much fidelity to his concept of fidelity – some of his favorite Events didn’t have much truth to them when you look more closely, and someone who maintains fidelity to Lenin, Mao and the idea of “dictatorship” will have a hard time squaring History begins with the riot, says Badiou.

However, in the nineteenth century, these riots preceded the sweeping away of feudal power in Europe. But perhaps Badiou erbirth too much fidelity to his concept of fidelity – some of his favorite Events didn’t have much rrebirth to them when you look more closely, and someone who maintains fidelity to Lenin, Mao and the idea of “dictatorship” will have a hard time squaring that with the idea of the state withering away.

Sep 10, Rob Stuglik rated it really liked it. Badiou is an optimist, remains one even now. Jul 04, Pages.

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These militants then become the social representation of the Form. Daniel Klein and Thomas Cathcart.

However, two points in particular need to be made. It’s not enough to say the party-form baduou “obsolete,” as Badiou does, since it was never the presentation of communism but always a hierarchy of representation. But the revolutions of proclaimed for a century and a half the return of revolutionary thought and action.

Apr 20, Niel rated it it was amazing.