- Category: Theory
- Created on Friday, 17 September 2010 04:45
- Written by Kasama
Kasama received the following:
A group of us in Chicago have begun what we’re calling the Communist Hypothesis Study Circle. The name, of course, comes from Alain Badiou’s recent (and quite excellent) book of that title:
Someone suggested it might be useful to post our schedule of readings here, for possible use by others who may be interested in doing something similar.
We’ll be meeting every two weeks, which will allow time for reading, study, reflection.
Below is our preliminary schedule of readings for the Communist Hypothesis Study Circle:
(Meeting 1) Communist Hypothesis:
Preamble: What is called failure?
Chapter 1: We Are Still the Contemporaries of May ‘68
- May '68 Revisited, 40 Years On
- Outline of a Beginning
- This Crisis Is the Spectacle: Where is the Real?
(Meeting 2) Communist Hypothesis
Chapter 2: The Cultural Revolution: The Last Revolution?
Chapter 3: The Paris Communie: A political Declaration on Politics
Appendix: Letter from Alain Badiou to Slavoj Zizek: On the Work of Mao Zedong
(Meeting 3) The Communist Hypothesis
Chapter 4: The Idea of Commmunism
New Left Review article “The Communist Hypothesis”
After finishing The Communist Hypothesis, we plan to continue next with various parts or excerpts from Badiou’s most recent extensive philosophical work, Logics of Worlds, which forms the background to what he says in The Communist Hypothesis, especially in Chapter IV.
Probable readings from Logics of Worlds:
Book II, Section 2: Hegel
Book III: Scholium on the Transcendental Functor (“as impressive as it is subtle”!)
Book V (The Four Forms of Change), Introduction and Section 1
Book VI (Theory of Points), Introduction and Section 1
Book VII (What is a Body?), Scholium: A Political Variant of the Physics of the Subject-of-Truth)
Conclusion: What Is It to Live?