The Republic Of Plato
Alain Badiou, students from Oslo National Academy of Arts (KHIO) (reading session)
In The Republic, Plato discusses the genesis of the ideal state: its morals, values and the education of its citizens. Together with students from the Oslo National Academy of Arts, French philosopher Alain Badiou reads and comments on excerpts from his book The Republic Of Plato, in which he proposes a new interpretation of Plato´s work from a contemporary perspective.
Alain Badiou (lecture)
Following on from the reading session, Alain Badiou discusses the role and ethics of art in contemporary society and introduces the notion of ‘inaesthetics’. With this concept, Badiou distances himself from traditional didactic, therapeutic or hermeneutic approaches to art in philosophy and delineates an alternative mode of thinking the art/philosophical knot.
We regret to announce that philosopher Alain Badiou will not be able to attend Ultima Academy this year. The planned events will take place in January 2015. More information will come soon.
About Alain Badiou
Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation (revolution, invention, transfiguration) in every situation. Much of Badiou's life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May 1968 revolt in Paris. He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works. Badiou currently holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School, and is the Chair of the philosophy department the University of Paris VIII.
Read more about Alain Badiou´s life and publications here.