The new book by 85-year-old French philosopher Alain Badiou is like the previous one, The real life, addressed to the youth. Since the lyrics are based on speeches he has given to high school students and art students in Paris, they seem immediate and educational, giving Badiou free letters to explain basic points without having to include a skeptical academic audience. The contact with students also allows Badiou to circle back to the 68 rebellion, where he himself was involved, and to reflect on what has happened since.
The world is young!
The first of the two lectures in the book opens with a reminder of what Badiou calls "banal facts", which he relaunches in a way that makes them appear astonishing. A first point: Humanity as a species is a newcomer to evolution, only 200 years old. Our cosmic adventure has only. . .