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A Heroism of the Decision, a Politics of the Event

Simon Critchley: Alain Badiou, 20 September 2007

Polemics 
by Alain Badiou, translated by Steven Corcoran.
Verso, 339 pp., £17.99, November 2006, 1 84467 089 9
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... In the Republic, Socrates and Plato’s brothers wander out of Athens and walk down to the port of Piraeus, leaving the city behind them. After quickly demolishing the prevailing views of justice in Athenian society, Socrates proceeds to dream of another city, a just city governed by philosophers whose souls would be oriented towards the Good. The familiar objection to Plato, that the ideal of the philosophical city is utopian or impossible to realise, is fatuous ...

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