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New Figures of the Human in Badiou, Meillassoux, Malabou, Serres and Latour

Christopher Watkin

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A comparative critique of the human in Alain Badiou, Quentin Meillassoux, Catherine Malabou, Michel Serres and Bruno Latour

Contemporary French philosophy is laying fresh claim to the human. Through a series of independent, simultaneous initiatives, arising in the writing of diverse current French thinkers, the figured of the human is being transformed and reworked.

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1. Alain Badiou: Formalised Inhumanism
2. Quentin Meillassoux: Supreme Human Value Meets Anti-anthropocentrism
3. Catherine Malabou: The Plastic Human
4. Catherine Malabou: The Epigenetic Human
5. Michel Serres: Universal Humanism
6. Bruno Latour: Translating the Human

About the Author

Christopher Watkin is Senior Lecturer in French Studies at Monash University.


In this important book, Christopher Watkin shows us the transformations of the human in the work of five contemporary philosophers who exceed the limits of post-structuralism. His treatments of Badiou, Meillassoux, Malabou, Serres, and Latour function as valuable resources on their work and an original thesis in his own terms.
- Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas

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