A NEW STANDARD IN POSTMODERN SCHOLARSHIP: please consider when purchasing this book that you will be purchasing two complete books combined in one volume. Pages 1-133 present Badiou's position and its historical contributions. The next 200 pages present a topical set of commentaries on postmodern thought. The book is fairly thick; and is a bargain. Badiou articulates his position by crediting others and directing attention away from himself. He specifically mentions: Deleuze; Althusser; Canguilhem; and Nancy. His praise for Nancy is offered with great respect.
BADIOU'S POSITION : is presented with great depth and systematic clarity and addresses every aspect of Hegel's psychology, including the existential influence in the abyss by Sartre. He professes be an intellectual, in distinction from Nancy's disapproval of intellectuality; but shares that in private conversations with Nancy they have a profound convergence. This is, by far, the most comprehensive presentation of postmodern philosophy from France that I have read. And it's current: 2012. I'll leave the discovery of the specific content up to you. One consideration is the first 40 pages were a little beyond my substrate of understanding at this time. Therefore I did a few quick tutorials on wiki-pedia to catch up. It is advisable to do so . In that way, the remainder of the book becomes that much more powerful. You end up with a real sense of accomplishment after completing this study and a more comprehensive base of understanding concerning the postmodern project. For me, the book was challenging and extremely rewarding. I give it the stars of "absolute finitude"; which badiou would appreciate.