The True Life

Written by Alain Badiou | Translated by Susan Spitzer
Polity | April 2017

The True Life: A Plea for Corrupting the Young 

'I m 79 years old. Why the devil then should I be spending time talking about youth?'

With a certain degree of self-awareness, renowned French philosopher Alain Badiou examines here the state of youth today. Building on the ideas outlined in his adaptation of Plato s Republic, Badiou argues provocatively for a corruption of youth, not in the pursuit of power, sex or money, but rather philosophy itself, which ultimately is 'the true life'.

Alain Badiou is a writer, philosopher and an Emeritus Professor at the École normale supérieure, Paris.

Publisher's website

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.
Sign in or register to post comments.

More new titles

new titles

A Box of Photographs

In this book that is equal parts memoir and intellectual and cultural history, French writer Roger Grenier contemplates the ways that photography can change the course of a life, reflecting along the way on the history of photography and its practitioners.
new titles

The Day I Lost My Superpowers

Childhood is a magical time when even the stuff of the day-to-day is exciting and the ordinary often seems extraordinary. Part of this magic is that with just a little imagination, we all might be found to possess true superpowers! This isn't the first or last book where a child delightedly discovers her own superpowers. But it may be just about the driest, funniest, and sweetest, where the discovery is handled with humor and charm.
new titles

The Flirt Formula

The poems go two by two across facing pages, where they press against each other, connect, and go forth in a tremulous manifesto. The result is a syntactical vertigo poised above nothingness. The halves meet only in an instant, suggesting that the crux of poetry is the art of not quite touching.