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Alain Badiou
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Alain Badiou, 2012
Born 17 January 1937 (1937-01-17) (age 84)
Rabat, French Morocco
Education École Normale Supérieure (B.A., M.A.)
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Modern Platonism
Institutions University of Reims
University of Paris VIII
École normale supérieure
Main interests
Set theory, philosophy of mathematics, metapolitics, ontology, psychoanalysis
Notable ideas
Event, ontology of the multiple, ontology is mathematics, the One is not, count-as-one, metapolitics

Alain Badiou ( ; born 17 January 1937) is a French philosopher, formerly chair of Philosophy at the École normale supérieure (ENS) and founder of the faculty of Philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII with Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Jean-François Lyotard. Badiou has written about the concepts of being, truth, event and the subject in a way that, he claims, is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity. Badiou has been involved in a number of political organisations, and regularly comments on political events. Badiou argues for a return of communism as a political force.

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