Five Lessons on Wagner

Alain Badiou
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A leading radical intellectual tackles the many controversial interpretations of Wagner's workFor over a century, Richard Wagner's music has been the subject of intense debate among philosophers, many of whom have attacked its ideological--some say racist and reactionary--underpinnings. In this major new work, Alain Badiou, radical philosopher and keen Wagner...
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$29.95
A leading radical intellectual tackles the many controversial interpretations of Wagner's work

For over a century, Richard Wagner's music has been the subject of intense debate among philosophers, many of whom have attacked its ideological--some say racist and reactionary--underpinnings. In this major new work, Alain Badiou, radical philosopher and keen Wagner enthusiast, offers a detailed reading of the critical responses to the composer's work, which include Adorno's writings on the composer and Wagner's recuperation by Nazism as well as more recent readings by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and others. Slavoj Zizek provides an afterword, and both philosophers make a passionate case for re-examining the relevance of Wagner to the contemporary world.



Author: Alain Badiou
ISBN-10: 1844674819
ISBN-13: 9781844674817
Publisher: Verso
Language: English
Published: 10/17/2010
Pages: 239
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.70lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.40w x 0.80d

About the Author
Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the École normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in Paris. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the Subject, Being and Event, Manifesto for Philosophy, and Gilles Deleuze. His recent books include The Meaning of Sarkozy, Ethics, Metapolitics, Polemics, The Communist Hypothesis, Five Lessons on Wagner, and Wittgenstein's Anti-Philosophy.

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential Žižek, and many more.

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