Badiou and Plato: An Education by Truths

2014.12.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews A. J. Bartlett, Badiou and Plato: An Education by Truths, Edinburgh University Press, 2011, 248pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.12.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews A. J. Bartlett, Badiou and Plato: An Education by Truths, Edinburgh University Press, 2011, 248pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780748643752. Reviewed by Russell Grigg, Deakin University This book is something of a tour de force. A. J. Bartlett has crafted an elegant and subtle analysis of the meaning of Socrates and Plato -- or "Platocrates" as he calls the subject of the dialogues -- by drawing on the philosophical program of Alain Badiou. The result is an original and compelling study of Plato, one that breaks with some of the standard readings of the dialogues -- the discussion of Gregory Vlastos in chapter 5 is particularly compelling in this respect -- and the analysis goes well beyond a compare and contrast exercise, delivering as it does genuine insights into the dialogues. In fact the juxtaposition of Badiou with Plato is not at all unmotivated. Badiou has famously described his philosophy as... . . .

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