Badiou and Hegel: Infinity, Dialectics, Subjectivity

2016.01.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jim Vernon and Antonio Calcagno (eds.), Badiou and Hegel: Infinity, Dialectics, Subjectivity, Lexington Books, 2015, 232pp,
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2016.01.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jim Vernon and Antonio Calcagno (eds.), Badiou and Hegel: Infinity, Dialectics, Subjectivity, Lexington Books, 2015, 232pp, $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780739199893. Reviewed by Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico From its beginnings, Alain Badiou's corpus contains recurrent engagements with G.W.F. Hegel's philosophy and its legacy. Such early works of the 1970s and 1980s as Theory of Contradiction, The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic, and Theory of the Subject feature Marxist (specifically Maoist) revisitations of Hegelian speculative dialectics in which antagonisms, destruction, splitting, and volatility are emphasized and valorized over reconciliations, syntheses, unifications, and stability. The system of the "mature" Badiou, starting with his 1988 magnum opus Being and Event, seems to shift towards a more critical stance vis-à-vis Hegel. The essays in Jim Vernon and Antonio Calcagno's timely. . .

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