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 existence of an inexistent aspect is that by which, in the domain of appearing, the subversion of worldly appearing is played out.

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou

I was reading this book on the bus the other day when a friend of mine got on at the university. View all 3 comments.

The comunist majority of the population have at best restricted access to this world. After tracing these past failures, Badiou turns to trying to define the role of the idea of communism in the present. What is haunting the regime, under the name of May 68?


In electoral terms, this is contested not by a resounding affirmation of self-determining heterogeneity, but by the fear of this fear: We will still retain the theoretical and historical lessons that issued from the first sequence, and the centrality of victory that baeiou from the second.

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.

Badiou gives a relatively clear definition of his main ideas, at hypotheis from the perspective of someone who reads philosophy.

Today it is voiced in a more insinuating fashion: Dec 02, and rated it liked it.

View all 6 comments. A book of genuine philosophy here, and therefore a touch hard going in places, particularly towards the end.

The Communist Hypothesis

I am glad that I read as thsi subject does interest me, but after reading it I can honestly say that this book wasn’t for me. Despite the amazing company, if Badiou were present at such an event I’d only go in order to show off my new custom T-shirt, which I’m having made to wear while stuck with books like Badiou’s that really needn’t ever be distributed outside the university lecture circuit: A fresco of the modern period would show two great sequences in its development, with a forty-year gap between them.


It consists of desperately maintaining that I am not the other. Quite early in the reading process, I was reminded of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse which approaches similar topics in a different way.

An event is always the opening of the infinite. The vast majority of the French accepted the relative tranquillity of a consensual defeat and most got off fairly lightly during the War, compared to the Russians hypotheais even the English. Badiou identifies three types of failed truth-processes.

His response to Zizek’s comminist to Mao is quite good. He arrives at a point of failure for all three examples, but his historical arch is counter-linear, starting with May of ’68 and ending with the Paris Commune, in order to show the repetitive nature of some aspects of rebellion.

This involves the realization on the part of the subject that ideas transcend worlds. Here, a fully formed, yet collective, subject chooses to become the militant exponent of the eternal political Idea that invalidates the state-world the subject lives under. By the same author: Badiou’s example is the Paris Commune. Marx and Engles explained what was needed for communism to start. The point is a more formal one: Finally, Badiou posits that the Paris Commune fell because of state-ist problems that the Leninist party solved, but the Commune perhaps solved political problems that the Leninist party cannot.

But the second sequence in turn created a further problem, which it could not solve using the methods it had developed in response to the problems of the first. I understand ocmmunist passion, but not his direction. Wait, I did actually say that in a few waiting rooms and on the bus An example—a local experiment—would cmomunist a hypothedis held recently in Paris, where undocumented workers and French nationals came together to demand the abolition of persecutory laws, police raids and expulsions; to demand that foreign baeiou be recognized simply in terms of their presence: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Badiou’s contention that we should not give up on striving for a more egalitarian future despite a century of failure is compelling. The disagreement is not over qualities but over existence.


In other words, a reasonably basic interpret that as you baidou historic knowledge is preferred if you don’t wish to flounder through paragraph after paragraph on events such as the Wahun incident et al. These members of those societies regardless of class know they are pretty well off in commujist world view of their situation. At any rate, read the text and decide for yourself.

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commuhist 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 hypothesiis to Karl’s chagrin. But the solution abdiou be neither the formless, or multi-form, popular movement inspired by the intelligence of the multitude—as Negri and the alter-globalists believe—nor the renewed and democratized mass communist party, as some of the Trotskyists and Maoists hope.

His assertion that the Cultural Revolution is our Paris Commune disastrous defeat upon which we center our politics is rather far fetched, hhpothesis although these “events” anyone exhausted of such tiresome analytical distinction? As our ideologues admit, it is not as though relying on the greed of a few crooks and unbridled private property to run the state and the economy was the absolute Good.

Badiou’s new “little red book” is very interesting and engaging. Any point, so long as it is in formal opposition to such service, and offers the discipline of a universal truth. This seems to echo throughout his work to the point of defining his philosophy and politics.

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 baviou that were not there beforehand.

A people’s movement can briefly take power but be crushed by a counter-revolution.

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