Alain Badiou's Being and Event


  • Jon Roffe


Badiou, Being, Event, Truth, Subject, Forcing


Much like the parade of claimants for the hand of Penelope in Homerrsquo;s Odyssey, the theoretical humanities have been presented with a string of would-be maicirc;tres agrave; pensers, each bringing with them claims of radical originality, and the promise of hope for the disciplines in question. Not only is the philosophy of Alain Badiou among the very few who have serious justifications to the claim of originality, the rigour, scope and goals of his philosophy reveal him as the first thinker in a long time to have thenbsp; resources necessary to engage with the ailments of theoretical discourse in the contemporary environment of global capitalism, and the steady dismantling of the traditional infrastructure of the human sciences and philosophy. This article provides an outline of the key positions espoused in Badiou#39;s key work Being and Event, and an assessment of its contemporary import.

Author Biography

Jon Roffe

Jonathan Roffe teaches philosophy at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy and the University of Tasmania. He is the co-editor of Understanding Derrida, Derrida#39;s Heidegger (forthcoming, Continuum Press) and Deleuze#39;s Heritage (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press). He is currently engaged in writing an in-depth comparative work on Badiou and Deleuze.




How to Cite

Roffe, J. (2006). Alain Badiou’s Being and Event. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 2(1-2), 327–338. Retrieved from

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