Reviews from 10/2015

Philosophy for Militants

Bookfilm reviewed by Rob Mason on 16 October 2015

Around the world, recent events have seen the creation of a radical group comprising students, the young, workers and immigrants. It is Badiou’s contention that the politics of such militants should condition the tasks of philosophy, even as philosophy clarifies the truth of our political condition. Badiou insists that the questions and priorities of philosophy at any given time are shaped by four different material activities: science, politics, art and love.

"What is our situation today - I mean, the situation of the peoploe who are comfortable enough to call themselves 'Westerners'?. …Read

In Praise of Love

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 14 October 2015

In a world rife with consumerism, where online dating promises risk-free romance and love is all too often seen only as a variant of desire and hedonism, Alain Badiou believes that love is something that unfolds over time, and involves continual re-commitment and effort. Taking to heart Arthur Rimbaud’s famous line “love needs reinventing,” In Praise of Love is the celebrated French philosopher’s passionate treatise in defense of love, published in 2009 by Flammarion.  

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Life Ascending

reviewed by Rob Mason on 1 October 2015

Life Ascending: The 10 great inventions of Evolution by Nick Lane

“Where and how life has originated we do not know, but Nick Lane argues well for his view of marine alkaline vents as the cradle of life. He believes that the cell has been invented independently by bacteria and archaea.” Lars Olof Björn “The Archaea constitute a domain or kingdom of single-celled microorganisms. These microbes are prokaryotes, meaning that they have no cell nucleus or any other membrane-bound organelles in their cells.” Wikipedia In some systems for classifying all of life,…Read