The End

Giovanbattista Tusa, Alain Badiou, Robin Mackay

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Abstract

In this book the distinguished philosopher Alain Badiou, in dialogue with Giovanbattista Tusa, argues that we must renounce the 'pathos of completion' and continue to think philosophically. To accept the atrocities of the 20th century as marking the end of philosophy is intolerable precisely because it buys into the totalising doctrines of the perpetrators. Badiou contends that philosophical thinking is needed now more than ever to counter the totalizing effects of globalised capitalism, which prescribes no objective for human life other than integration into its system, giving rise to a widespread sense of hopelessness and nihilism. To resist this degradation of human life, Badiou calls for a renewal of the idea of communism: the creation of new forms of collective organisation capable of challenging the logic of capitalism and enabling individuals to become self-determining subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherPolity Press
Number of pages160
ISBN (Print)9781509536269
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2019

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    Tusa, G., Badiou, A., & Mackay, R. (2019). The End. Cambridge: Polity Press.