Volume 3 (2014)


“Rather than link the word [‘ethics’] to abstract categories, it should be referred back to particular situations.  Rather than reduce it to an aspect of pity for the victims, it should become the enduring maxim of singular processes.  Rather than make it merely the province of conservatism with a good conscience, it should concern the destiny of truths, in the plural.” – Alain Badiou


The focus of the third issue of the Journal of Badiou Studies is Badiou’s ethics. Ethics is paramount to Badiou’s political theory and his materialist dialectics, and is evident throughout his philosophy. Moreover, Badiou’s small book on ethics remains one of the most important points of entry into Badiou’s thought since it is not only widely read across disciplines but is also one of the most widely translated of all of his works.

Badiou’s theory of ethics and his book on the subject are easily approachable. Yet, under this beguiling transparency, there lies an explosive and radical affront to popular ethics of mainstream society, media, academia and politics in the capitalist world. The articles of JBS 3 explore this complicated, confrontational and foundational aspect of Badiou’s thinking.



Guest Editor: Nicolò Fazioni

Lorenzo Chiesa – The Body of Structural Dialectic: Badiou, Lacan, and the ‘Human Animal

Fabio Vighi – Dall’Evento al Sintomo. Badiou e l’Ontologia Lacaniana

Andrea Bardin, Sandro Pellarin & Diego Vicenzutto – Un_Ontologia della Rivoluzione. Badiou con (Deleuze, Lacan)

Pierpaolo Cesaroni – Etica e Filosofia in Badiou

Luigi Francesco Clemente – Etica del Reale: Kant e Badiou

Nicolò Fazioni – Tra Etica e Politica. Riflessioni Intorno ad Alcuni Scritti di Badiou

A. J. Bartlett – Refuse Become Subject: The Educational Ethic of Saint Paul

Giovanni Maria Mascaretti – ‘Dialettica In-Umana. Badiou Lettore di Hegel’

Michelle Kelley – ‘Keep Going!’ Cinema and Badiou’s Ethics of Truths

Katarina Peovic Vukovic – Badiou’s Ethics and the Free Software Revolution

Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaça – Badiou’s Ethics: A Return to Ideal Theory

Alan O’Leary – Review of: Alain Badiou, Cinema, selection and foreword by Antoine de Baecque; trans. Susan Spitzer (Malden, MA & Cambridge, UK Polity, 2013)

Federico Simonetti – Review of: Démocratie, dans qual état (Paris La Fabrique, 2009)

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