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By Matthew R. McLennan

Alain Badiou's paintings in philosophy, notwithstanding daunting, has won a receptive and progressively growing to be Anglophone readership. what's no longer popular is the level to which Badiou's positions, vis-à-vis ontology, ethics, politics and the very that means of philosophy, have been hammered out in dispute with the past due Jean-François Lyotard. Matthew R. McLennan's Philosophy, Sophistry, Antiphilosophy is the 1st paintings to pose the query of the relation among Lyotard and Badiou, and in so doing constitutes an important intervention within the box of latest eu philosophy by means of revisiting considered one of its so much influential and arguable forefathers.

Badiou himself has underscored the significance of Lyotard for his personal undertaking; may well the hot resurgence of curiosity in Lyotard be tied ultimately to Badiou's reviews? Or deeper nonetheless: will possibly not Badiou's philosophical Platonism beg an stumble upon with philosophy's different, the determine of the sophist that Lyotard performed so frequently and so ably? Posing pertinent questions and commencing new discursive channels within the literature on those significant figures this publication is of curiosity to these learning philosophy, rhetoric, literary conception, cultural and media studies.

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