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New Left Review 102, November-December 2016


fredric jameson

BADIOU AND THE FRENCH TRADITION

There was a French philosophical moment of the second half of the 20th century which, toute proportion gardée, bears comparison to the examples of classical Greece and enlightenment Germany. Sartre’s foundational work, Being and Nothingness, appeared in 1943 and the last writings of Deleuze, What is Philosophy?, date from the early 1990s. The moment of French philosophy develops between the two of them, and includes Bachelard, Merleau-Ponty, Lévi-Strauss, Althusser, Foucault, Derrida and Lacan as well as Sartre and Deleuze . . . if there has been such a French philosophical moment, my position would be perhaps as its last representative. [1] Alain Badiou, ‘The Adventure of French Philosophy’, nlr 35, Sept–Oct 2005, pp. 67–8.

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