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The communist hypothesis.


The communist hypothesis.

Badiou, Alain.



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Just as 300 years of failed efforts to prove the hypothesis of Fermat's theorem did not demonstrate the falsity of that mathematical hypothesis, as has now been seen through its proof in the 1980s, a proof built upon the work of earlier "failures," so the falsity of the "communist hypothesis" has not been demonstrated by the perceived failures of successive self-declared socialist and communist regimes and movements, argues French philosopher Badiou. He seeks a reconceptualization of communism that understands these failures as merely stages in the history of the "communist hypothesis." He supports this argument, which he insists is far more philosophical than political, through detailed discussion of three examples: the May 1968 uprisings in France, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the Paris Commune of 1871. Included as an appendix in this translated edition is a letter from Badiou to fellow leftist philosopher Slavoj Zizek commenting on Zizek's introduction to a collection of Mao's philosophical-political writings.

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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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