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by Alain Badiou


Alain Badiou is our philosopher of love.

Alain Badiou is our philosopher of love. Elegant and deeply human, In Praise of Love is a conversational but erudite retort to the antiseptic promises of online dating sites for 'safe love' without risk, the romantic notion that love is the ecstatic melding of two into one, and the philosophical skepticism that love is little more than a cover story for sexual lust.

In Praise of Love book. Love without risk is an impossibility, like war without death  . Alain Badiou: "Love isn’t simply about two people meeting and their inward-looking relationship: it is a Construction, a life that is being made, no longer from the perspective of One but from the perspective of Two. And that is what I have called a ‘Two Scene’. You: "So Love is more than Love at first sight?"

Alain Badiou books culture love philosophy.

Alain Badiou books culture love philosophy.

This, Badiou believes, is love’s most essential transforming power. Alain Badiou is our philosopher of love.

For Badiou, love is an existential project, a constantly unfolding quest for truth. This quest begins with the chance encounter, an event that forever changes two individuals, challenging them to see the world from the point of view of two rather than one.

What follows are just my summary notes on Alain Badiou’s In Praise of Love. It’s a very short book. It serves as a wonderful introduction to Badiou’s thought. The book subsists of an interview with. What follows are just my summary notes on Alain Badiou’s In Praise of Love. The book subsists of an interview with Badiou on his various thoughts and observations on love. Love, for Badiou, is essential to philosophy. In fact, he considers it to be one of the four conditions of philosophy.

From one of the greatest living French philosophers, a spirited and moving defense of love. For Badiou, love is an existential project, a constantly unfolding quest for truth. Elegant and deeply human, In Praise of Love is a conversational but erudite retort to the antiseptic promises of online dating sites for ‘safe love’ without risk, the romantic notion that love is the ecstatic melding of two into one, and the philosophical skepticism that love is little more than a cover story for sexual lust. author of Marriage Confidential: Love in the Post-Romantic Age, columnist at Big Think magazine.

Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1937, Alain Badiou is a leading French philosopher

Born in Rabat, Morocco, in 1937, Alain Badiou is a leading French philosopher. He is the author of The Meaning of Sarkozy, Being and Event, Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil, and The Communist Hypothesis.

In a world rife with consumerism, where online dating promises risk-free romance and love is all too often seen only as a variant of desire and hedonism, Alain Badiou believes that love is under threat

In a world rife with consumerism, where online dating promises risk-free romance and love is all too often seen only as a variant of desire and hedonism, Alain Badiou believes that love is under threat. Taking to heart Rimbaud's famous line "love needs reinventing," In Praise of Love is the celebrated French philosopher's passionate treatise in defense of love.

with Nicolas Truong Translated by Peter Bush The right of Alain Badiou and Nicolas Truong to be identified as the authors of this work has been asserted by them.

with Nicolas Truong Translated by Peter Bush. A complete catalogue record for this book can be obtained from the British Library on request.

French philosopher Alain Badiou turns his attention to love. A new century, new threats to love...Love without risks is like war without deaths - but, today, love is threatened by an alliance of liberalism and hedonism. Caught between consumerism and casual sexual encounters devoid of passion, love - without the key ingredient of chance - is in danger of withering on the vine. In "In Praise of Love", Alain Badiou takes on contemporary 'dating agency' conceptions of love that come complete with zero-risk insurance - like US zero-casualty bombs. He develops a new take on love that sees it as an adventure, and an opportunity for re-invention, in a constant exploration of otherness and difference that leads the individual out of an obsession with identity and self. Liberal, libertine and libertarian reductions of love to instant pleasure and non-commitment bite the dust as Badiou invokes a supporting cast of thinkers from Plato to Lacan via Karl Marx to form a new narrative of romance, relationships and sex - a narrative that does not fear love.
Hugighma
If Àlain Badiou, greatest living French philosopher--according to his compatriots--writes a book called In Praise of Love, wouldn't you pay attention?

I did. After all, aren't the French also famed as some of the world's greatest lovers (after the Spaniards, Italians, and Brazilians, maybe)? Besides, he's in his late 70s--which means he's wise--and he's a writer/novelist and a sometime actor--which means he's in touch with his feelings. Don't all those add to Monsieur Badiou's credibility as an authority on love?

In any case, I had to read this profound little book, dense with meaning and implications in its 90 pages. The title was borrowed from a movie released in 2001 by famous French director Jean-Luc Godard in which Badiou did a turn that might have been cut out of the final film. I have read the book twice, but still have not fully grasped all that it's trying to say. Maybe, the vagaries of love are too complex to contain in any one book. It was also originally in French (Éloge de l'amour, published in 2009 by Flammarion, in hardcover) so something might have been added, lost, or reimagined in the English translation (2012). Or, maybe, it's just the way of the philosopher to sound deep and abstruse.

But I am with Monsieur Badiou. I believe in love and agree with his thinking on it. Love is at the heart of the books I write--as one of the themes and as a necessity for the work that goes into creating books.

We are all, in our idiosyncratic ways, preoccupied with love issues--either as firm believers or as skeptics for whom love is, at best, an illusion that doesn't last. Or, worst, as atheists for whom love is merely a veneer for sexual desire and who, therefore, assume that it must not exist (Badiou explains another take on this POV).

Badiou says love is not for everybody. I think that's partly because his definition of love transcends those magical early encounters (the romance). A romantic relationship is not love unless it lasts across time; that is, it must endure, outlast that early glow. Endurance takes love to a plane higher than that of romance.

In a nutshell, Badiou believes love needs:
* Two creatures who're separate and different (the most basic being the man-woman role dichotomy);
* An encounter that changes how each one views and interacts with his/her world (this could include what he calls the ritual of bodies--the physical coming together);
* A declaration of love (essentially, a commitment) and a "truth construction;"
* Repeated affirmations of that declaration and construction, particularly in the face of trying events.

As far as I can tell, in love, "truth" is constructed from answers to:

" What kind of world does one see when one experiences it from the point of view of two and not one. What is the world like when it is experienced, developed and lived from the point of view of difference (which I interpret as my view as opposed to yours) and not identity?"
Thordira
A concise and thoughtful philosophical treatise on love from a communist French philosopher/playwright. For Badiou love is a thought not a feeling, providing a perspective previously explored by Scott Peck in "The Road Less Traveled". He decries internet dating as safe love and reminds us that love sees the difference in people and embraces them. With love seemingly lost in our world, reading this book is a worthwhile reminder that we must will ourselves to love.
Shalinrad
Gorgeous glorious thoughtful- what we need to think about in a world of anxiety and antagonism - so uplifting. Highly recommend
Mogelv
Lovely little book.
Kanal
The links to Communism were a bit unexpected but the rationale given makes a rough sort of sense albeit one that sits uneasily in my mind next to this particular political atrocity.
Roram
Short and kind of lightweight.
DrayLOVE
We must re-invent love is Badiou's message. How do we do that? He tries to suggest ways of thinking about it.
One of my favorite works of modern philosophy.
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