We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy. The Communist Hypothesis has ratings and 42 reviews. Jonfaith said: The communist hypothesis is that a different collective organization is practicab. The Communist Hypothesis is a collection of articles that have appeared In the Preamble, Badiou states that the book argues, ‘via a detailed.

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Today’s task, being undertaken notably by the Organisation Politique, is to support the creation of such a discipline subtracted from the grip of the state, the creation of a thoroughly political discipline” Badiou’s contention that we should not give up on striving for a more egalitarian future despite a century of failure is compelling.

But this is a book of philosophy not a how-to-stage-the-revolution manual so you won’t get a sense of suitable tactics here although there are references throughout to the importance of practice — Badiou is, after all, still in a Maoist camp, which has much that is sound to advise about ways-of-struggle. The letter to in response to Zizek’s introduction of a book on Maoism is worth of the price of admission alone.

Since that time, I have gotten older, more read, more educated, and more aware.


I disagree with Badiou on this point. Open Preview See a Problem? It can be oddly dispiriting when an election is won by the candidate who has led in the opinion polls from the start, just as when the favourite horse wins the race; anyone with the slightest feeling for a wager, a risk, an exception or a rupture would rather see an outsider upset the odds. Without an understanding of the ideas hypothesks he perceives commubist indeed any ideas presented for consideration it is fruitless to argue for or against them.

Neither can be symbolized. Lists with This Book. As with Mao, everything that is can change in relation to everything else.

The Communist Hypothesis

I would’ve also loved to have read beforehand Donny Gluckstein’s book comminist the Paris Commune as well, although Badiou’s analysis on the Commune was not as abstruse; and the same goes for May ‘ This text isn’t John Carpenter’s They Live, if I wear the shades, Mao doesn’t become decent, the denouncement remains too human and the idealism in the Cultural Revolution is negligible at best.

Many people realize that unregulated capitalism is a bad thing, but few are willing to take up arms. The vast majority of the French accepted the relative tranquillity of a consensual defeat and most got off fairly lightly during the War, compared to the Russians or even the English. If one therefor hypothexis the point at which a truth procedure fails, the failure can be understood and learned from, as any failed experiment can give life to other attempts to prove a certain hypothesis.


The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

But commynist the precondition that they and I exist in the same world. His response to Zizek’s introduction to Mao is quite good. O livro me estimulou muito a conhecer mais profundamente o pensamento de Mao e mais detalhes sobre a Comuna de Paris. Unlike an ordinary state-of-a-world, the multiplicity of existence under an emerging world in the context of a riot that is becoming historic is open rather than concealed.

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Although he only sketches out his historical analysis of the Cultural Revolution or Mayit is provocative in the best way – inspiring further investigation by the non-expert, and forcing you to consider a different perspective.

For example, the identity of an artist is that by which the invariance of his or her style can be recognized; homosexual identity is composed of everything bound up with the invariance of the possible object of desire; the identity of a foreign community in a country is that by which membership of this community can be recognized: That is where we reverse the dominant idea of the world united by objects and signs, to make a unity in terms of living, acting beings, here and now.

What Medea retains is the courage to decide her own fate; and courage, I hypotgesis suggest, is the principal virtue in face of the disorientation of our own times. Badiou identifies three types of failed truth-processes. Most of us were under the impression that it was long gone anyway.

The last great convulsions of the second sequence—the Cultural Revolution and May 68, in its broadest sense—can be understood as attempts to deal with the inadequacy of the party. The party effectively solved the question inherited from the first sequence: Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. He often states that a particular point is composed of, say, three elements, then goes through each in turn.

Our governments explain that they are waging war abroad in order to protect us from it at home. I have a problem with that.

Jul 13, Charlie Kruse rated it liked it. He analyses three specific categories of failure using Maythe Cultural Revolution in China, and the Commujist Commune as examples. Between the end of the first sequence and the beginning of the second there was a forty-year interval during which the communist hypothesis was declared to be untenable: It is the logical marking of a paradox of being, an ontological hypotheeis.


Nonetheless, the effort is worthwhile. Much like a scientific theory or hypothesis, as he argues, a failure simply means that a particular attempt has not yet been proven. The Moroccan worker does not abandon that which constitutes his individual identity, whether socially or in the family; but he will gradually adapt all this, in a creative fashion, to the place in which he finds himself. In fact, writes Badiou, the central proscription of this world is not to live with any idea other than oneself-as-consumer.

Destruction is not always the difficult aspect but rather filling the void left in the resultant space. Quite early in the reading process, I was reminded of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse which approaches similar topics in a different way. To a large extent the question may well not be whether the ideas are faulty in themselves but rather whether the attempts at implementation have been the problem.

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In the first chapter he provides a thought provocative interpretation of what is commonly spread and believed to be the banal truth – baptized In this magnificent work Alain Badiou discusses the hypothfsis framework of the Communist hypothesis,tracing the parallels from the modern paradigms and perspectives of radical emancipatory politics – trying to reactualize the hypothesis by giving the body of authentic praxis – to the May 68′ revolt,Chinese cultural revolution and the Paris Commune in Very much appreciated the nuanced defense of Mao, and the historical account of the 68 uprisings and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, as well as the insistence on recuperating the idea of communism.

The failure can thus become a positive part of an on-going macro-truth process. Giving two-dimensional,both factual and formal conceptual analysis of Paris Commune communost a political “event” “site” and “singularity” although these are the terms that I ended up with partial understanding and maybe even committed some reification fallacies during my own ideations and interpretations of the text Badiou suggests both, purely abstract and very concrete directions which may be crucial for the future of Communist Hypothesis.

Assim, gostei bastante desse.