Alain Badiou

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Alain Badiou (; French: [alɛ̃ badju] (listen) ; born 17 January 1937) is a French philosopher, formerly chair of Philosophy at the École normale supérieure (ENS) and founder of the faculty of Philosophy of the Université de Paris VIII with Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault and Jean-François Lyotard. Badiou has written about the concepts of being, truth, event and the subject in a way that, he claims, is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity. Badiou has been involved in a number of political organisations, and regularly comments on political events. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alain Badiou has received more than 860,497 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Alain Badiou is the 275th most popular philosopher (down from 265th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Morocco and the most popular Philosopher.

Alain Badiou is most famous for his theory of the event. He argues that an event is a rupture in the normal flow of history, which opens up a new situation.

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Among philosophers, Alain Badiou ranks 275 out of 1,081Before him are Andronicus of Rhodes, Julius Evola, Pherecydes of Syros, Paramahansa Yogananda, William Godwin, and Georges Sorel. After him are Raymond Aron, Alexander of Aphrodisias, G. E. Moore, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Priscus, and Bruno Bauer.

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Among people born in 1937, Alain Badiou ranks 33Before him are Philip Glass, Bruce McLaren, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, Jared Diamond, Gennady Yanayev, and Bill Cosby. After him are David Hockney, Gordon Banks, Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Avram Hershko, Robert Lucas Jr., and Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

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Among people born in Morocco, Alain Badiou ranks 10 out of 198Before him are Hassan II of Morocco (1929), Abd el-Krim (1882), Just Fontaine (1933), Ismail Ibn Sharif (1646), Mohammed V of Morocco (1909), and Nathalie Delon (1941). After him are Mohammed VI of Morocco (1963), Ahmad al-Mansur (1549), Michel Galabru (1922), Fatema Mernissi (1940), Serge Haroche (1944), and Zeno of Verona (300).


Among philosophers born in Morocco, Alain Badiou ranks 1