Archive for the ‘Alain Badiou’ Category

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! If you haven’t recieved an email from us by now, you should assume you didn’t win. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Congratulations to the winners, the books are in the post. The correct answers are below:

Competition Image 1Day One: Slavoj Žižek

Badiou Competition Image 2DayTwo: A. C. Grayling

Competition Image 3Day Three: Gandhi

The Communist Hypothesis is available now in hardback.Communist Hypothesis Cover Image

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Today we reveal our third and final person to be photographed with Alain Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis:

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Who is this man peacefully reading The Communist Hypothesis? A geographical clue: we found him near the Marxism conference…

For the chance to win all of Badiou’s Verso books in hardback, please send in your entries with the names of all three people. You can find the other people in our day 1 and day 2 posts.


Entrants must email their answers to enquiries AT verso.co.uk (twitter and comment responses will not be accepted!), with their names and the addresses to which the prize should be sent. Emails sent before the final third image has been posted will not be accepted. The first three people with all the correct answers will win. The competition is only open to those outside of North America.Communist Hypothesis Cover Image

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou is available now in hardback.

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Following on from yesterday’s competition post, here is the next person holding Alain Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis:

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Who is this man attempting to eat The Communist Hypothesis?

Check back tomorrow for our third and final mystery person.


You can view the books on offer to win here. To celebrate its publication, we are releasing one image of someone holding Badiou’s The Communist Hypothesis every day for three days.

The three lucky winners, who will recieve of all of Badiou’s Verso books in hardback, will be those who are first to tell us the names of all three people after the last image is released tomorrow.


Entrants must email their answers to enquiries AT verso.co.uk (twitter and comment responses will not be accepted!), with their names and the addresses to which the prize should be sent. Emails sent before the final third image has been posted will not be accepted. The first three people with all the correct answers will win. The competition is only open to those outside of North America.

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Yesterday we promised a competition to win all of Verso’s Alain Badiou books. You can see the books and the post detailing the rules here.

Here is the first person:

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So who is this devotee of Badiou?

Check back tomorrow for the next, perhaps more unlikely, communist.

Alain Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis is available now in hardback. Communist Hypothesis Cover Image

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To commemorate the publication of Alain Badiou’s Communist Hypothesis, we are  giving the opportunity for three people to win the whole of Alain Badiou‘s backlist in hardback.

From tomorrow, we will be posting an image of somebody holding Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis every day for three days. The winners will be the first ones to identify all three people on the day of the last image being posted.

Here’s what you can win:

The Communist Hypothesis: A new program for the Left after the death of neoliberalism.

Badious Pantheon Cover ImagePocket Pantheon: Figures of Postwar Philosophy: A journey through twentieth-century philosophy with the titan of French thought.

The Meaning of Sarkozy: A trenchant and witty dissection of the French political The Meaning of Sarkozy Cover Imagescene by the leading radical philosophers – now just published in paperback, this includes the first statement of Badiou’s ‘communist hypothesis’.

Polemics: A series of radical philosophical engagements with politics, first published in France in the ‘Circonstances’ series.

Metapolitics: Badiou critically examines the the concept of democracy and the link between truth and justice.Metapolitics Cover Image

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil: Badiou shows how our prevailing ethical principles serve ultimately to reinforce an ideology of the status quo, and fail to provide a framework for an effective understanding of the concept of evil.

Check back tomorrow for the first image.


Entrants must email their answers to enquiries AT verso.co.uk (twitter and comment responses will not be accepted!), with their names and the addresses to which the prize should be sent. Emails sent before the final third image has been posted will not be accepted. The first three people with all the correct answers will win. The competition is only open to those outside of North America.

For more on the Communist Hypothesis see here, here and here.

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A major interview with Slavoj Zizek and report on the Communism conference in Berlin in Der Spiegel:

Zizek loves to correct viewpoints when precisely the opposite is considered correct. He calls this counterintuitive observation. His favorite thought form is the paradox. Using his psychoanalytical skills, he attempts to demonstrate how liberal democracy manipulates people. One of his famous everyday observations on this subject relates to the buttons used to close the door in elevators. He has discovered that they are placebos. The doors don’t close a second faster when one presses the button, but they don’t have to. It’s sufficient that the person pressing the button has the illusion that he is able to influence something. The political illusion machine that calls itself Western democracy functions in exactly the same way, says Zizek.

Click here for the full article.

Also, Living in the End Times reviewed in the Scotsman by Michael Kerrigan – not available on line so here’s the review:

“Freedom is the condition of liberation,” says Slavoj Zizek, quoting Marcuse – an earlier Marxist prophet who, in the 1960s, saw the contradictions and compromises of another society which had never apparrently had it so good. We have to free ourselves from our current assumptions before we can even see what freedom means and appreciate the ways in which we are still in chains. If Zizek is à la mode just now, that’s because he’s on the ball: no-one else reads our situation with quite his subtlety or verve. The Slovenian sage makes a goodhumoured Jeremiah, ranging with wit and perceptiveness over everything from the melting polar ice-cap to pornography.

Slavoj Zizek’s new book is Living in the End Times.

Alain Badiou’s new book is The Communist Hypothesis.

See Antonio Negri’s books published with Verso here and here.

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See some images from Slavoj Žižek‘s London Literature Festival appearance at Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre London’s photostream here.

And here’s one of our own – chair A.C. Grayling takes a tasty bite out of Alain Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis:

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Now that England is safely out of the World Cup, sit back and read what others have said:

The former England and Liverpool player,  John Barnes says in an interview for the Evening Standard that ‘England won’t win until they embrace team ethic’. Daniel Trilling, blogging for the New Statesman’s Cultural Capital says:

“Lefties in particular, even those who despise the World Cup, should find it of interest:

“Football is a socialist sport,” he explains. “Financially, some may receive more rewards than others but, from a footballing perspective, for 90 minutes, regardless of whether you are Lionel Messi or the substitute right-back for Argentina, you are all working to the same end.

“The teams which embrace the socialist ideology rather than having superstars, are the teams that are successful. Or if there are superstars they don’t perceive themselves to be that. That’s why I use Messi as an example. As much as he’s a superstar he respects his team-mates and their collective efforts.”

Read the full interview here.

Read why Gary Younge was cheering on England this year (ha).

And why the World Cup is “even worse” than the “Cameron government… for those seeking radical change” for Terry Eagleton.

Stuart Jeffries argues that “the French understand that football can be revolution by another means”:

there is more to the French disaster than a tradition of revolutionary resistance. There is what Frenchphilosopher Alain Badiou calls “the sacrificial temptations of nothingness”. “Failing” is always very close to “winning”, Badiou writes in The Communist Hypothesis. Tell that to Paris, Alain. He has a point, though. “One of the great Maoist slogans of the ‘red years’ was ‘Dare to struggle and dare to win’. But we know that it is not easy to follow that slogan when subjectivity is afraid, not of fighting, but of winning.”

This may explain the French team’s psychology. Why would the French fear victory? Because, following Badiou, they see that triumph is only temporary, an imposter. There is a parallel between France’s revolutions and its footballing triumphs: neither endure. And one response to that unpalatable truth is to choose defeat in a gesture Sartre would have appreciated. If that’s what happened, respect to the French: what a wonderfully existentialist way to go.

Read the full article here.

And Simon Hattenstone on Guardian Cif today:

The best football teams are socialist in nature. They play for each other, and individual brilliance is often subservient to the common good. Even the language of team sport is socialist – solidarity, unite, goal, come together. Why do you think the word United is so beloved by football people that 15 clubs in England’s top four division divisions have it in their title?…

As for the World Cup, we should have known there was no chance of glory for the Three Lions with a ConDem coalition. After all, England has never won the World Cup under the Tories or the Liberals, or the Liberal Democrats, or New Labour. As Harold Wilson boasted in 1966: “Have you ever noticed how we only win the World Cup under a Labour government?

Read the new paperback edition of Andrew Feinstein’s After the Party: Corruption and the ANC, the first insider’s exposé of the African National Congress of the World Cup host country.

“For those contemplating a first journey into the murky world of South African politics, there can be few better guides than Andrew Feinstein.” Independent

“A searing close-up portrait of the corrupting force of power” — Los Angeles Times

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We’re delighted to see Richard Seymour’s (aka Lenin’s Tomb) new book on our new masters The Meaning of David Cameron is out now with Zer0 Books.

You can read a talk that Richard did on the book here.

And you can see an early review of the book by Dom Fox of Poetix blog:

A short and pungent apologia for the Marxist categories of class and class war, which declares early on its intention to grate against the sensibilities of readers accustomed to the euphemistic treatment of such topics. The “meaning” of David Cameron, it turns out, is much the same as the “meaning” of any party leader situated within the neo-liberal consensus that unites “left”, “right” and “centre” parliamentary persuasions; which is to say that he is a cipher performing an established function within the apparatus of ruling class power.

As Counterfire notes, Richard’s title is inspired by Alain Badiou’s The Meaning of Sarkozy, still available in hardback and out in paperback in August.

“Compared to Guy Debord’s prophetic 1967 masterpiece, The Society of the Spectacle… a thundering, rallying tirade.” Lucy Wadham, New Statesman

Richard Seymour is the author of The Liberal Defence of Murder, published by Verso. The Times said this:

In a powerful counter-blast against the monstrous regiment of “useful idiots” who, he says, have contributed in recent decades to the murderous mess of modern times, Seymour indicts not only the obvious suspects – the neocons – but the international cadre of liberal, left-leaning intellectuals and politicians, the “pro-war Left”, who supported the War in Iraq for professed “humanitarian” reasons. In anger as much as sorrow, he examines the tropes they defend, such as “civilisation”, “progress”, “democracy”, “freedom”, arguing that their attitudes amount merely to an assertion of the status quo, supportive of neo-imperialism, Islamophobia and exploitation.


To win a copy of The Liberal Defence of Murder, The Meaning of David Cameron and The Meaning of Sarkozy simply email to enquiries AT verso.co.uk (don’t answer with a comment or a tweet please – they won’t be accepted!) the answers to the following three questions:

1.) Who is the Red Tory?

A: Phillip Blond

2.) Which co-author of Slavoj Zizek did he study with?

A: John Milbank

3.) And name the new book where said co-author (i.e. the answer to number 2) engages with Badiou.

A: Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology

We will accept the first email that includes all 3 correct answers. Competition open only to those outside North America. THE COMPETITION IS NOW OVER.

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The campaign continues with thousands of signatures to the petition, the continued occupation and vast amounts of coverage – just a fraction below. Do keep up on the latest by checking the website.

Update from Peter Hallward below:

Saturday 8 May 2010

Dear all,

A quick update on the situation at Middlesex:

On Wednesday 6 May, after a rally in support of the occupation of the boardroom at Trent Park, the occupation expanded to take over the whole of the main building on the Trent Park campus (the Mansion building). The students explained their intentions and demands in an open letter, at http://savemdxphil.com/2010/05/07/open-letter-to-middlesex-staff-faculty-and-students/.

On Thursday afternoon 7 May, Middlesex administrators finally met with the students (on condition that no member of staff attend as a silent observer); they apparently confirmed their decision to close the undergraduate programmes, and to freeze recruitment to the graduate programmes. The meeting ended in an impasse.

Since Wednesday evening, the students have been organising a series of informal events in the occupied Mansion building: improvised concerts, discussions, lectures on a variety of topics (Spinoza, Lacan, student and university politics, the mobilisation in Iran…), political film screenings, etc. The current schedule is posted near the top of http://savemdxphil.com/. If you can get to Trent Park this weekend it’s become an interesting place to visit.

The Guardian has a story on the protests and the occupation, at http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/may/07/philosophy-cuts-closures-middlesex-university.

The Facebook site has a few photos, etc., http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=119102561449990&v=photos, and now has more than 10,000 members.

Some of the many letters of support we’ve received are now posted at http://savemdxphil.com/letters-of-support/, and we’ll be posting more letters over the weekend; it’s been impossible to keep up with the flood of email. Some of the most recent letters have been signed by entire departments.

Many thanks again for all your support.

We didn’t make it to the campus on the weekend but look forward to reading more…

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