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Afterword

Nick Haeffner
London Metropolitan University

Volume 1, No. 2 and Volume 2, No. 1 of Subject Matters are, as pointed out in the introduction, the result of an initial curiosity shown by a group of people with a shared background in communications, media and cultural studies. My own specialist field is film studies and I confess freely that I approach Badiou’s work as a non-expert who is relying on a now rather rusty background in critical theory to make sense of his work. Nevertheless, it is perhaps healthy to sound a sceptical note amidst the celebration of Badiou’s inspirational work. Where Badiou enjoins fidelity (faith), exemplified by St Paul, it is tempting to perform the gesture of a doubting Thomas.

It would be pleasant to believe that Badiou’s Ethics was capable of re-invigorating the intellectual culture which politicised many of us in the 1970s and 80s, and which has been rather less inspiring of late. There were a great many of us in the UK who were not trained as philosophers, yet who, as students, became intoxicated by the heady brew served up by continental thinkers such as Althusser, Lacan, Derrida, Kristeva, Cixous, Adorno, Benjamin and Habermas, only later, in many instances, finding that the opportunities to find gainful employment teaching their work were mostly concentrated in media, communications and cultural studies subject areas at post-1992 universities (former Polytechnics) which are run like dysfunctional sweatshops with often vast student numbers, mercenary management and minimal staffing levels. [Read more].