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 771,775 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Alain Badiou is the 265th most popular philosopher (up from 282nd in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Morocco (up from 11th in 2019) and the most popular Moroccan 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 265 out of 1,089Before him are Moritz Schlick, Bruno Bauer, Roger Garaudy, Al-Jahiz, Shen Kuo, and Priscus. After him are Gemistus Pletho, Vladimir Solovyov, Hugh of Saint Victor, Aristoxenus, Adam of Bremen, and Ammonius Saccas.

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Among people born in 1937, Alain Badiou ranks 27Before him are Bruce McLaren, Bobby Charlton, Philip Glass, Egon Krenz, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and Bill Cosby. After him are Madeleine Albright, Claude Lelouch, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Colleen McCullough, and Gordon Banks.

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Among people born in Morocco, Alain Badiou ranks 10 out of 163Before him are Hassan II of Morocco (1929), Just Fontaine (1933), Abd el-Krim (1882), Abdelaziz Bouteflika (1937), Ismail Ibn Sharif (1646), and Mohammed V of Morocco (1909). After him are Mohammed VI of Morocco (1963), Nathalie Delon (1941), Yusuf ibn Tashfin (1009), Idris I of Morocco (743), Ahmad al-Mansur (1549), and Fatema Mernissi (1940).


Among philosophers born in Morocco, Alain Badiou ranks 1