This concise and accessible book is the perfect introduction to
Badiou?s thought. Responding to Tarby?s
questions, Badiou takes us on a journey that interrogates and
explores the four conditions of philosophy: politics, love, art and
science. In all these domains, events occur that bring to light
possibilities that were invisible or even unthinkable; they propose
something to us. Everything then depends on how the
possibility opened up by the event is grasped, elaborated and
embedded in the world ? this is what Badiou calls a
?truth procedure?. The event creates a
possibility but there then has to be an effort ? a group
effort in the case of politics, an individual effort in the case of
love or art ? for this possibility to become real and
inscribed in the world.
As he explains his thinking on politics, love, art and science,
Badiou takes stock of his major works, reflects on their central
themes and arguments and looks forward to the questions he plans to
address in his future writings. The book concludes with a
short introduction to Badiou?s philosophy by Fabien Tarby.
For anyone wishing to understand the work of one of the most widely
read and influential philosophers writing today, this small book
will be an indispensable guide.