The Rebirth of History has ratings and 24 reviews. Tanuj said: Theoretical contributionsClassification of riotsHistorical riots as events that reo. 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. In the wake of the Arab Spring, Alain Badiou’s The Rebirth of History: Times of. Riots and Uprisings ([] ) offers an analysis of riots, how they relate to.

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I think that’s partly because his definition of love transcends those magical early encounters the romance. A short, to the point monograph from one of my favorite people. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation.

The book proved to be an unexpected hit and confirmed that Badiou has a rare talent among philosophers for making accessible political interventions in wider society. But the revolutions of proclaimed for a century and a half the return of revolutionary thought and action. Wendy Newton and Alan Finger.

Bertold Schweitzer – forthcoming – Middle East Critique 24 1. He is not afraid to recognise popular revolution when baiou sees it – and does not flinch from declaring his solidarity with such uprisings or proclaiming the possibilities they contain.

In The Rebirth of HistoryBadiou posits the event in relationship to three types of riot: Don’t all those add to Monsieur Badiou’s credibility as an authority on love? It’s relevant to understanding the revolutionary climate which is growing around the world.

Instead they grew, drawing in wider layers of people and casting aside previously rigid social distinctions between men and women, religious and secular, Muslim and Christian. Such familiarity, at the end of the day, is not really required. However, two points in particular need to be made.


The Rebirth of History

But the revolutions of proclaimed for a century and a half the return of revolutionary thought and action. Rosten rated it it was ok Dec 02, Stefano Passini – – Human Affairs 22 3: Daniel Bwdiou and Thomas Cathcart.

Aug 24, Zeina rated it it was amazing. The articulation of such newly discovered truths is the role, according to Badiou, of philosophy. These involve large numbers of people from different backgrounds students, workers, the unemployed and retired in disruptive mass actions such as strikes, demonstrations and blockades.

They do this by ending the state’s process of “separating names”, whereby we are divided into categories- “white”, “muslim”, etc. Affirming the political content of the riots in this manner is a bold and welcome move, but Badiou doesn’t stop there. Both events occurred after what was commonly thought to be the end of a revolutionary epoch: Be the first to ask a question about The Rebirth of History.

History, I agree, has been re-awakened to possibility. Impressive and nuanced thinking about current political circumstances from a french philosopher in his 70’s! In the uprisings of the Arab world, Alain Badiou discerns echoes of the European revolutions rebirfh History begins with the riot, says Badiou. Sep 12, Angel rated it liked it. While riots can and have inspired radical change this has been the exception to the norm.

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The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings by Alain Badiou

If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Another of his interesting ideas, is the mathematizing of the principle of average citizen.

Will we see their “existence” stripped from them?

Nov 20, Joshua rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Want to Read saving…. The event is something that appears but immediately disappears, supplementing the world with a new way of thinking and acting. Ironically, Badiou notes, workers began to effectively organize against feudal exploitation when the new Idea of Communism presented itself as a unifiying ideology.


Times of Riots and Uprisings. Similarly, although Badiou does not address Occupy in his book, it could be said that the Occupy movement represented an immediate riot that for a time seemed to have the potential to escalate into a Historic riot.

The Way of Qigong. And Badiou is an excellent writer of agitational prose. Badiou has a detailed grasp of the tactics such uprisings involve and the dynamic by which they spread. It can start to articulate newly discovered truths- the truths of its very, newly discovered, political existence.

In The Rebirth Of History, Alain Badiou offers an explanation of why so many uprisings have erupted across the globe, from the Arab spring to the riots in London last year.

The three traits of a Historical Riot – intensification, compaction, localization The importance of organization for sustaining the Idea An Event as that which dissolves the average identity, destroys separating names An Event as that which presents not represents! In this sense, communist ideology was instrumental in the consolidation of modern capitalism.

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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 alzin “dictatorship” will have a hard time squaring that with the idea of the state withering away.