Special Event: Onstage Conversation with Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou, who has been called the most important philosopher since Gilles Deleuze, joins us to speak about cinema, the recent events in Paris, and the role that philosophy can play in helping us understand and act in this historic context.

Renowned French philosopher Alain Badiou has helped define the major questions and contours of philosophy in the 20th and 21st centuries. In this onstage conversation moderated by Professor Ian Balfour of York University, Badiou will speak about cinema, the recent events in Paris, and the role that philosophy can play in helping us understand and act in this historic context, accompanied by film clips that will bring further dimensions to some of the discussion’s central themes.

Alain Badiou was born in Rabat in French Morocco. He has taught at the E´cole normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in Paris, and is currently on the faculty of the European Graduate School in Switzerland. In addition to his major philosophical works Being and Event and Logics of Worlds, his recent books translated into English include The Age of the Poets,Controversies: Politics and Philosophy in our Time, Cinema, The Communist Hypothesis, andWittgenstein’s Anti-Philosophy.

This event is co-presented with York University’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts as part of their inaugural 2016 Film-Philosophy conference, with support from the Norman Jewison Speaker Series and the French Consulate in Toronto.

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