In this intervention into contemporary philosophy, Alain Badiou rehabilitates the notion of 'being happy', reclaiming it from the blandness of the self-help industry, consumerist trends and the polluted rhetoric politicians. He suggests happiness has been reduced to satisfaction, and satisfaction for Badiou isn't enough; risk, adventure, peril, feeling and experiencing things that go beyond feeling at peace, deliberating disturbing our equilibrium and asking questions of ourselves is where true happiness lies.
Badiou also asks a serious political question in his interrogation of happiness: what does it mean, socially and politically, to simply accept one's place in the world?
Alain Badiou (geboren 1937) ist Philosoph, Mathematiker, Dramaturg und Romancier. Seine politischen Aktivitäten drücken sich in der von ihm mitbegründeten "Organisation politique" aus. Er lehrt an der Universität Paris VIII-Vincennes und am Collège International de Philosophie.