Review by Choice Review
Despite its title, this is not a book of essays in which Badiou discusses various philosophers. Instead, it is a translation of transcriptions of television interviews with leading French philosophers conducted by Badiou between 1965 and 1968. During this time, Badiou was a lycee teacher in Reims, and the book reflects a recurrent theme of philosophical instruction and pedagogy. The topics of the interviews range widely: philosophy's relation to its history (with Jean Hyppolite); to its science (with Georges Canguilhem); to sociology (with Raymond Aron); to psychology (with Michel Foucault); to language (with Paul Ricoeur); and to ethics (with Michel Henry). They also include the relation between model and structure (with Michel Serres); and a group interview on truth with Canguilhem, Foucault, Aron, Hyppolite, and Ricoeur. Badiou's contributions also vary widely: only with Henry and Serres does he offer more than respectful and insightful questions to his interlocutor. As the editors indicate, these interviews provide a glimpse into the state of "French philosophy" prior to the emergence of "French theory" and poststructuralism. In that regard, they will interest those wanting to learn what was happening in French philosophy prior to the appearance of the major works of Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, and related philosophers. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty. A. D. Schrift Grinnell College
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