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Interventions in Contemporary ThoughtHistory, Politics, Aesthetics$
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Gabriel Rockhill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474405355

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405355.001.0001

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The Art of Talking Past One Another: The Badiou–Rancière Debate

The Art of Talking Past One Another: The Badiou–Rancière Debate

(p.193) Chapter 7 The Art of Talking Past One Another: The Badiou–Rancière Debate*
Interventions in Contemporary Thought

Gabriel Rockhill

Edinburgh University Press

The opening chapter in this final section explores what is arguably one of the most important contemporary debates between living French philosophers (a controversy that echoes, in interesting ways, the earlier debate between Derrida and Foucault). It begins by highlighting the extent to which the Badiou-Rancière controversy has largely been an exchange in which they talk past one another (un dialogue de sourds), since they each tend to criticize the other from a privileged citadel—politics for Badiou, aesthetics for Rancière—without responding to the criticisms of their adversary. Against this backdrop, the chapter seeks to provide a comprehensive account of their respective positions on aesthetics and explain where their projects overlap as well as where they definitively part ways.

Keywords:   Aesthetics, politics, ontology, history, Badiou, Rancière

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