My interview with the French philosopher Mehdi Belhaj Kacem
In light of the 2020 uprisings sparked by the murder of George Floyd taking place across America, I want to share an excerpt of a longer interview… Read more "Political emancipation and representation – Interview with Alain Badiou"
In my dissertation, I made an argument that the decisionism of Badiou, Zizek, Laclau and other so-called ‘post-Marxist’ theorists is derived from an intra-theoretical debate amongst left-Heideggerians,…… Read more “Whither the critique of political economy in post-Marxism?”
I have a new blog/essay up at the Critical Theory Research Network called “Obscure Subjects: Myth and Metapolitics on the alt-Right.” Here is an overview: In this…… Read more “Obscure Subjects: Myth and Metapolitics on the alt-Right”
The American Marxist literary theorist Fredric Jameson’s latest article in the New Left Review, “Badiou and the French Tradition” (full PDF here) ends by noting the most…… Read more “Jameson on Badiou: Ships Passing in the Night”
Frank Ruda's For Badiou: Idealism Without Idealism probes the question that has driven a number of interventions into Badiou's thought: what is the role of philosophy in non-evental… Read more "Philosophy in Saturated Times"
In his late Marxist work, Critique of Dialectical Reason, Sartre was pessimistic about revolutionary politics. He theorized the subject of history in the figure of the group in… Read more "Badiou’s Revision of Sartre’s Fused Group"
How do we locate voluntarism in the political thought of Sylvain Lazarus and Alain Badiou? First, what do I mean by voluntarism. Two things mainly: voluntarism posits that consciousness declares… Read more "Time and Voluntarism in Badiou and Lazarus"
I have a new essay up at Heathwood Press as part of their special series on Crisis Capitalism and Creeping Fascism – Bigotry, Racism, and the Rise… Read more "Elements of Islamophobia: The State, Class and Capital"
The figure of the masses in protest takes on a near mystical and highly rational logic in post-Leninist thought during the twentieth century. For example, one of the… Read more "Why Do the Masses Posses Reason?"
I'm teaching three seminars on the work of Alain Badiou and philosophy for the Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS). The seminars will open with a consideration of… Read more "Announcing New Badiou and Philosophy Seminars"
Since I have been away from writing essays and blogs for some time, it might be of interest to readers that I share the abstract of my… Read more "Community and Subjectivity in Contemporary Theory: Dissertation Abstract"
I recently wrote an essay that seeks to convey some of the key ideas of Badiou as it pertains to the recent insurrections across the world. You… Read more "Some Brief Reflections on Badiou and Emancipatory Politics"
Alain Badiou’s translation of Plato leaves us with a rare sense that politics can once again be associated with truth, courage and justice, and that we have an agency at our disposal that comes in the passionate work of bringing the idea of equality into existence.
In analysis, one of the most frustrating questions an analyst can ask is: "Yes, I know that's what you are saying, but is it really that way,… Read more "On Shame, or the Proof of the Other’s Inexistence"
We should begin our journey into the difficult terrain of atheism with a reminder from another great French philosopher, Gilles Deleuze, who wrote, “we are always forced to think. Thinking is like a shove in our back. Thought is neither pleasant nor desired. It is a violence done to us.”
In an essay I am writing on Badiou and emancipatory politics, the question as to why Badiou begins his philosophical project with the subject has come up.… Read more "Badiou’s Wager"
"There are not yet events in the philosophical sense of the word, but it is at least the constitution of zones of precariousness, of partial movement which… Read more "Mapping Badiou’s Influence on Tiqqun"
One of the real benefits of an open access classroom at the European Graduate School is that all of the lectures are recorded and archived for online… Read more "Badiou and Žižek: Radical Act vs. Evental Enthusiasm"
In philosophy, we wind up in a camp of thinkers whom we share some affinity with. When you're in your twenties you have the freedom to decide… Read more "Antiphilosophy and the Knot of Transference"