Inspiring quotes by Alain Badiou

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Alain Badiou

  • Love without risk is an impossibility, like war without death.
  • Evil is the moment when I lack the strength to be true to the Good that compels me.
  • All resistance is a rupture with what is. And every rupture begins, for those engaged in it, through a rupture with oneself.
  • Those who have nothing have only their discipline.
  • Love can only consist in failure…on the fallacious assumption that it is a relationship. But it is not. It is a production of truth.
  • I would say, if you like, that the party is like an out-moded mathematics…that is to say, the mathematics of Euclid. We need to invent a non-Euclidian mathematics with respect to political discipline.
  • We pose only those questions whose answers are the pre-given conditions of the questions themselves.
  • There is always only one question in the ethics of truth: how will I, as some-one, continue to exceed my own being?
  • Love what you will never believe twice.
  • These latter institutions [the civil service, trade unions, media of all kinds], notably of course television, but more subtly the written press, are quite spectacular powers of unreason and ignorance.

Alain Badiou, born on January 17, 1937, is a prominent French philosopher known for his work in ontology, ethics, and political theory. He emerged as a key figure in continental philosophy in the late 20th century, heavily influenced by thinkers such as Jacques Lacan and Karl Marx. Badiou’s philosophical system revolves around the idea of “truth procedures” and the pursuit of universal truths in various domains, including love, politics, art, and science.

Throughout his career, Badiou has been a vocal critic of postmodernism and relativism, advocating for the importance of objective truth and the possibility of radical change. His notable works include “Being and Event,” where he introduces the concept of an event that disrupts the ordinary course of existence, and “Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil,” where he explores ethical implications in the context of contemporary politics.

Badiou is also recognized for his engagement in political activism, particularly during the events of May 1968 in France. He has continued to contribute to the intersection of philosophy and politics, offering insights into the nature of revolutionary change and the role of ideology in shaping societal structures. Alain Badiou’s intellectual legacy extends beyond academia, influencing discussions on ontology, ethics, and political thought globally.

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