‘Godfather’ of French philosophy visits Auckland

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Alain Badiou with Ezra Woods. Image / Ezra Woods
Alain Badiou with Ezra Woods. Image / Ezra Woods

Renowned philosopher Professor Alain Badiou gave a free lecture at Auckland University in front of over five hundred people on November 24.

Badiou is often considered to be one of the most influential post-modern leftwing thinkers of the last fifty years. Dr Cambell Jones, Associate Professor Sociology at Auckland University, called Badiou “the greatest living philosopher”.

Born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, Badiou holds the René Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School, and taught at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis) from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the Philosophy department.

During our interview Badiou discussed his thoughts on the place of the public intellectual, the concept of ‘Revolution’ in the modern world.

I also spoke with Associate Professor Justin Clemens From the University of Melbourne to get a western perspective on the work of Badiou.

The lecture was presented by the School of Social Sciences, and the Auckland Critical Theory Collective and the Europe Institute.