What kind of world does one see when one experiences it from the point of view of two and not one? What is the world like when it is experienced, developed and lived from the point of view of difference and not identity? That is what I believe love to be.

— Alain Badiou

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Love and politics are the two great figures of social engagement.

Politics is enthusiasm with a collective; with love, two people. So love is the minimal form of communism.


We could say that love is a tenacious adventure.

The adventurous side is necessary, but equally so is the need for tenacity. To give up at the first hurdle, the first quarrel, is only to distort love. Real love is one that triumphs lastingly, sometimes painfully, over the hurdles erected by time, space and the world.


Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity.

Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism.


All resistance is a rupture with what is.

And every rupture begins, for those engaged in it, through a rupture with oneself.


There is a kind of serenity in love which is almost a paradise.


Evil is the interruption of a truth by the pressure of particular or individual interests.


It must be said that today, at the end of its semantic evolution, the word 'terrorist' is an intrinsically propagandistic term. It has no neutral readability. It dispenses with all reasoned examination of political situations, of their causes and consequences.


We know that communism is the right hypothesis.

All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy-the form of state suited to capitalism-and to the inevitable and 'natural' character of the most monstrous inequalities.


For a politics of emancipation, the enemy that is to be feared most is not repression at the hands of the established order. It is the interiority of nihilism, and the unbounded cruelty that can come with its emptiness.


To believe that the intolerable crime is to burn a few cars and rob some shops, whereas to kill a young man is trivial, is typically in keeping with what Marx regarded as the principal alienation of capitalism: the primacy of things over existence, of commodities over life and machines over workers


If you limit yourself to sexual pleasure it's narcissistic.

You don't connect with the other, you take what pleasure you want from them.


In love, fidelity signifies this extended victory: the randomness of an encounter defeated day after day through the invention of what will endure.


About Alain Badiou

Quotes 37 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

The ethic of truth is the complete opposite of an 'ethics of communication'.

It is an ethic of the Real The ethic of truth is absolutely opposed to opinion, and to ethics in general.


A Truth is the subjective development of that which is at once both new and universal. New: that which is unforeseen by the order of creation. Universal: that which can interest, rightly, every human individual, according to his pure humanity.


We have the riots we deserve.


Art attests to what is inhuman in man.


It is thus quite simply false that whereof one cannot speak (in the sense of 'there is nothing to say about it that specifies it and grants it separating properties'), thereof one must be silent. It must on the contrary be named.


I would say, if you like, that the party is like an out-moded mathematics.

..that is to say, the mathematics of Euclid. We need to invent a non-Euclidian mathematics with respect to political discipline.


Love is not a contract between two narcissists.


The absolute contingency of the encounter takes on the appearance of destiny.

The declaration of love marks the transition from chance to destiny and that's why it is so perilous and so burdened with a kind of horrifying stage fright.


These latter institutions [the civil service, trade unions, media of all kinds], notably of course television, but more subtly the written press, are quite spectacular powers of unreason and ignorance.


Emancipatory politics always consists in making seem possible precisely that which, from within the situation, is declared to be impossible.


I am surprised to see that today everything that does not amount to surrender pure and simple to generalized capitalism, let us call it thus, is considered to be archaic or old-fashioned, as though in a way there existed no other definition of what it means to be modern than, quite simply, to be at all times caught in the dominant forms of the moment.


In my view, only those who have had the courage to work through Lacan's anti-philosophy without faltering deserve to be called 'contemporary philosophers'.


Truth is a new word in Europe (and elsewhere).


Love without risk is an impossibility, like war without death.


In order to improve democracy, then, it's necessary to change the people, as Brecht ironically proposed.


Art is not ideology. It is completely impossible to explain art on the basis of the homological relation that it is supposed to maintain with the real of history. The aesthetic process decentres the specular relation with which ideology perpetuates its closed infinity. The aesthetic effect is certainly imaginary; but this imaginary is not the reflection of the real, since it is the real of this reflection.


I feel really assured by the fact that the women I have loved I have loved for always.


Those who have nothing have only their discipline.


There is no ethics in general. There are only-eventually-ethics of processes by which we treat the possibilities of a situation.


Without mathematics, we are blind.


Evil is the moment when I lack the strength to be true to the Good that compels me.


The cinema is a place of intrinsic indiscernibility between art and non-art.


Let us say in passing that since (philosophical) remedies are often worse than the malady, our age, in order to be cured of the Plato sickness, has swallowed such doses of a relativist, vaguely skeptical, lightly spiritualist and insipidly moralist medicine, that it is in the process of gently dying, in the small bed of its supposed democratic comfort.


Love can only consist in failure...on the fallacious assumption that it is a relationship. But it is not. It is a production of truth.

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