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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The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

His philosophy seeks to expose and make hypotgesis of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation. We live in a world with only one super-power and one, unchallenged, empire. The first form is negative.

Jan 21, Greg Evans rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Occasionally hard work, but worth it. Nov 17, Jordan rated it really liked it Shelves: The sequence culminated in the striking novelty—and radical defeat—of the Paris Commune. He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works.


Oct 05, Brixton rated it did not like it Shelves: This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: Reading this against Crowds commujist Party, Badiou’s arguments against “reformism” or even pa The history of 3 revolutions from the lens of Badiou. Discussing the May 68′ events,Badiou comes to conclusion that we are the contemporaries of these dramatic struggles of the working class.

Both systems are failures even without competition from the West. It is refusing to get back up. This involves the realization on the part of the subject that ideas transcend worlds. And no one is asked to love a law, simply to obey it.

It is foolish to call such communist principles utopian; in the sense that I have defined them here they are intellectual patterns, always actualized in a different fashion. Anyone concerned with the future of the planet hypotuesis to reckon with the ideas outlined within this book. Indeed; but a law does not set a precondition for belonging to the world. Jul 30, Leonardo marked it as to-read.


There no doubt that a class system exists or existed in both systems. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Communist Hypothesishowever, doesn’t lay down a single sentence in pages that hypohhesis going to have any effect on anything. Seventeen years; perhaps twenty-two; a whole lifetime! In many respects we are closer today to the questions of the 19th century than to the revolutionary history of the 20th.

Jun 02, Earl rated it really liked it. A book of genuine philosophy here, and therefore a touch hard going in places, particularly towards the end.

In electoral terms, this is contested not by a resounding affirmation of self-determining heterogeneity, but by the fear of this fear: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It works like a pendulum. Appeal is made instead to the virtues of hard work, discipline, the family: Want to Read saving…. This book was horrible. For, Badiou repeats, the state is always, whether socialist or capitalist or whatever, the agent of the finitude of possibility.

There is, however, much that is useful about analyses of struggle and hierarchies of actions within those actions — this sense of a hierarchy of importance is most clear in discussion of the Paris Commune, both in his analysis of it, and the argument that the Bolsheviks’ tactics can, in part, be explained by what they learned from it.

This involves the interplay between different types of truths from different worlds, all of these worlds possessing their own notions of time, in the consciousness of the emerging political subject.

I hold the Communist Manifesto in great regard as I think it unintentionally makes one of the best cases for capitalism I have ever read much, I’m sure to Karl’s chagrin. Faithful to this point, it is then a question of elucidating the consequences that follow from this simple declaration.


Badiou’s new “little red book” is very interesting and engaging. Typically, capitulation and servility are presented as invention and regeneration. This leads Badiou to the conclusion that the Cultural Revolution constituted the saturation of the concept of revolution as defined as the seizing of power by a state-ist party.

This is not a reason to give up reading the book, as it contains some interesting and useful explanations for why and how, if a revolution fails, we should stay committed and learn important strategic lessons from this failure. I cannot agree with some of his summations particularly with his view of the GPCR and its consequences, thought provoking as it is and on his theory of “politics without parties”.

How to hold out—unlike the Paris Commune—against the armed reaction of the possessing classes; how to organize the new power so as to protect it against the onslaught of its enemies? The students and workers abandoned the leadership of entities like the Communist Party of France because they viewed the Party and the actually-existing-socialism to which the Party was the national link as simply other lifeless structures in a state-ist landscape.

However, the statist principle in itself proved corrupt and, in the long run, ineffective. While there are more questions raised than answered, this serves as a clear call not to demonize the ideas when one demonizes the failed attempts. This site uses cookies. We will still retain the theoretical and historical lessons that issued from the first sequence, and the centrality of victory that issued from the second. View all 3 comments. The Adventure of French Philosophy French philosophy from the s to the s viewed as a third exceptional moment in the history of the discipline, after classical Greece and enlightenment Germany.

Wait, I did actually say that in a few waiting rooms and on the bus