Public Lecture - Professor Alain Badiou
The Auckland Critical Theory Collective
School of Social Sciences and the Europe Institute are pleased to announce:
Alain Badiou: À la recherche du réel perdu / In search of the lost Real
Tuesday 25 November, 6pm
Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium
Owen G. Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road
The University of Auckland
Alain Badiou is one of the world’s most prominent and original living philosophers. Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, Badiou holds the René Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School. He was a student at the École Normale Supérieure in the 1950s, and taught at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis) from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the Philosophy department. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Collège International de Philosophie, on topics ranging from the great ‘antiphilosophers’ (Saint-Paul, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Lacan) to the major conceptual innovations of the twentieth century.
He is credited with a contemporary renaissance in the idea of communism, and with radical innovations in otology, mathematics, metaphysics and the relationship between truth and thought. He is the author of several novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works. His most recent book The Age of the Poets has just been published. Much of Badiou’s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May 1968 revolt in Paris. Badiou is a lifelong militant who remains active with L’Organisation Politique, a post-party organisation concerned with direct popular intervention in a wide range of concrete issues including immigration, labour and housing.