Education and democratization. A critical reading of Alain Badiou’s political philosophy
The ambition is to re-think ethical-political education for a diverse society in transition
On the study
With the aim of disclosing some tools that may help to re-think ethical-political education for a diverse society in transition, this study performs a systematic and critical reading of the French philosopher Alain Badiou’s ethical-political philosophy. The starting point is Badiou’s hypertranslation of Plato’s Republic. However, Badiou’s turn to Plato is not interpreted as an analytic exercise in definition; neither as a hermeneutical search for meaning; nor as an immanent or transcendental critique of Plato’s assumptions against other ontological or epistemological stances. The ambition is rather to read Badiou’s way of reading Plato against Badiou’s own philosophy in order to throw some lights on Badiou’s idea of “an education by truths” and the ways in which he conceptualizes the link between education, truths and democratization.