Through a glass darkly: Alain Badiou’s critique of anarchism

Noys, B. (2008) Through a glass darkly: Alain Badiou’s critique of anarchism. Anarchist Studies, 16 (2). pp. 107-120. ISSN 0967-3393

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The French philosopher Alain Badiou is one of a number of contemporary theorists whose work has been identified has a source for postanarchism. This essay questions that identificatoin by focusing on Badiou's sustained criticism of anarchist and libertarian currents for thier failure to engage fully with the difficulties of political power, and in particular their failure to break with capitalist and statist political forms. Although problematic, these criticisms converge with existing debates in the 'movement of movements', which have started to address the difficulty of finding egalitarian forms of practice to sustain the movement. These debates lead us towards the often elided problem of the relationship between postanarchist theory and anarchist practice.

Publication Type: Articles
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Benjamin Noys
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 15:30
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 09:30

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