In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Monday, March 9, 2015 17:45 - 0 Comments
In this seventh of his ten-part series on Alain Badiou, Andrew Robinson explores what happens after the Event and its unfolding, and examines a number of possible pitfalls with Badiou's theory. Do actual revolutions unfold in the way which Badiou models? And can Badiou deal with Event-like processes with reactionary consequences?
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:54 - 1 CommentIn his latest column on Alain Badiou, Andrew Robinson explores how the French theorist believes an Event should be unfolded or followed in revolutionary politics. Robinson covers three key Badiousian concepts: the Truth, the revolutionary subject, and the ethical principle of fidelity to an Event.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Monday, December 15, 2014 11:13 - 9 CommentsBadiou's theory of the Event is the lynchpin of his influential, but controversial, theory of revolutionary politics. In the fifth instalment of his series, Andrew Robinson traces the contours of the Event, and its fundamental attributes, such as undecidability, ontological disruption, and unfoundedness. He also examines which historical revolts are viewed by Badiou as authentic Events – and why some historical revolts fall short.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:38 - 2 CommentsAndrew Robinson examines the conditions for the emergence of an Event through the lens of Badiou's theory of social exclusion, and explains why, for Badiou, a truly revolutionary process must begin from the standpoint of the worst-off.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Monday, August 18, 2014 17:09 - 0 CommentsIn his latest examination of the work of the Alain Badiou, Andrew Robinson explores an important aspect of Badiou's ontology, and a central one to his political writings: the State. Robinson explains why Badiou's concept of the state is both political and ontological, why the state is the enemy of the Event, and why Badiou both wishes to, and yet often feels unable to, call for the destruction of the state.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Monday, May 26, 2014 10:47 - 3 CommentsIn the second installment of his ten-part series on Badiou, Andrew Robinson explains the specific claims of Badiou's philosophy: the necessity of a transcendent “one” for social order, the appeal to mathematical set theory, and the rejection of qualitative or “substantial” references in philosophy.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Wednesday, April 2, 2014 12:01 - 2 CommentsAlain Badiou is one of the best-known French critical theorists today. In the first installment of a ten-part series on the French thinker, Andrew Robinson examines the basic underpinnings of Badiou's philosophy, crucial for making sense of his political claims. Robinson also examines how this philosophy can be traced back to the tradition of structuralist Marxism.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 19:51 - 5 CommentsWalter Benjamin was an incisive commentator on everyday life, particularly spaces and objects. In the final part of his eight-part series, Andrew Robinson discusses a range of Benjamin's observations on everyday life - including his writings on cities, his discussions of character, and various everyday ephemera - and surveys the German thinker's relevance today.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 15:06 - 8 CommentsIn the penultimate essay in his series on Walter Benjamin, Andrew Robinson examines the critique of the state in Benjamin's much-discussed “Critique of Violence”. Robinson explains why Benjamin saw the state as an expression of a fatalistic worldview, what kind of action he believed could destroy oppression, and what this means for the possibilities of diffuse social power.
In Theory, New in Ceasefire - Friday, November 15, 2013 15:20 - 6 CommentsWalter Benjamin's relevance for activists today is most strongly felt in his works on social transformation. In the sixth of eight pieces on Benjamin, Andrew Robinson explores the Theses on History, and discusses the revolutionary implications of allegory, collecting, citation, DIY, and time.
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