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Badiou, Alain

  1. Christopher Norris

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee025

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Norris, C. 2013. Badiou, Alain. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


French philosopher Alain Badiou (b. 1937) is an anti-ethical thinker on just about every currently available understanding of ethics. He arrives at this negative view of existing conceptions not only on philosophic grounds but as a matter of their falling drastically short in terms of the human potential for change – for the radical betterment of presently existing sociopolitical realities – that must (he asserts) have a prominent motivating role in any ethics that merits the name (Badiou 2001, 2007a, 2007b).


  • twentieth century;
  • continental philosophy;
  • ethics;
  • philosophy;
  • politics;
  • ontology;
  • particularism;
  • relativism