The Fundamental Contradictions of the Contemporary World

Monday, December 15, 2014  6:00pm - 7:30pm East Gallery, Buell Hall (Maison Francaise)


Heyman Center for the Humanities

Maison Française

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Department of Art History and Archeology

Department of French

Eminent French philosopher Alain Badiou will deliver a public lecture on the topic of the fundamental contradictions of the contemporary world. 

Alain Badiou is a philosopher, playwright, novelist and political activist. He is professor emeritus at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and continues to teach seminars at the Collège International de Philosophie and the European Graduate School. Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation (revolution, invention, transfiguration) in every situation. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the Subject, Being and Event, Being and Event II: Logics of Worlds and Being and Event III: The Immanence of Truths (forthcoming).


  • Alain Badiou

    Rene Descartes Chair

    European Graduate School


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