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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These experiments, and Badiou sees these three events as a truly political precendents,i. The present decomposition of the Socialist Party, however, is not just a matter of its political poverty, apparent now for many years, nor of the actual size of the vote—47 per cent is not much worse than its communisr recent scores.

While I am philosophically inclined against communism, I do enjoy reading books with which I disagree, This book provided no such enjoyment. The sequence culminated in hypothesiss striking novelty—and radical defeat—of the Paris Commune.

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Revolutions don’t seem to be able to emerge as a result of the obvious struggles and conflicts that we commuinst see and live through right now. Badiou sees this meaning in the paradigm and the dialectic,if you will,refering to the party-state model of organization and it’s alternatives. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Courage, then, is the virtue which manifests hhpothesis through endurance in the impossible.

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Reading this against Crowds and Party, Badiou’s arguments against “reformism” or even pa The history of 3 revolutions from the lens of Badiou. Jan 21, Greg Evans rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Since that time, I have gotten older, more read, more educated, and more aware. With the French Revolution, the communist hypothesis then inaugurates the epoch of political modernity. Without an understanding of the ideas as he perceives them indeed any ideas presented for consideration it is fruitless to argue for or against them.


Strange how Badiou begins the book with pages of citation from his own play. It is good to vote, to give a form to my fears; but it is hard to believe that what I am voting for is a good thing in itself.

They have a professor who just told the class, “Any paper longer than five pages is bullshit. This site uses cookies.

I haven’t done even the most cursory readings on the Maoist years, so I was pretty much in the dark the entire time. Finally, there is the subjective element. This book and, to some extent, his politics are written for those “in the know” – people who have already committed themselves to the path of revolutionary politics.

This is exactly the kind of material that filters thinky, introspective kids with exciting ideas out of every philosophy department in the nation, and leaves only those career academicians who desire nothing more than to get their Masters of Incomprehensible Gobbledy-Gook and P ompous h abitual Diatribing so that they may someday become a department Head of Alienating People Through Verbosity and be alone with their books, their tenure, and their inflated egos.

The point we are seeking must be one that can connect to another order of time. His argument that we are closer to the “first” stage of communism, a stage of intellectual re formation, rather than the “second” stage of parties and states ie. Dec 19, Soso rated it really liked it.

Nov 26, William West rated it really liked it.

What is the point of treating the French Revolution as if nothing like the Terror would have occurred had Robespierre been somewhere else at the time? Badiou identifies three types of failed truth-processes. As to the book itself, Badiou is adamant that it is philosophy, not critical theory or political analysis, or indeed history. Very enjoyable and provocative read which serves as a useful introduction to Badiou’s political thought.


It consists of desperately maintaining that I am not the other.


As always, Badiou has important things to say. Badiou’s new “little red book” is very interesting and engaging. His examination of three events, May ’68 in France, the Paris Commune, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, followed by an exploration of the Idea of communism, is highly thought provoking.

The last lecture delivers what most would come here to see: He would say to give a Sarkozian prosopopoeia: This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: 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: By the same author: 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” As with Mao, everything that is can change in relation to everything else.

The West is engaged on an expanding number of fronts: Explaining his philosophy, Badiou contrasts the “State”, which is everything currently existing in the world such as economic relations, imperialism, inequality and government institutions to the “Event”, which is when people do something unexpected and new, opening up future possibilities that were not there beforehand.

The final chapter, which is grounded in theory rather than historical events, is unsurprisingly harder to read. When you fail, you want to learn from your mistakes, not repeat them.