The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society promotes a global perspective in the study of literature, culture, and their social context. ICLS offers programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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The Fundamental Contradictions of the Contemporary World - Public Lecture by Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou is a philosopher, playwright, novelist and political activist. He is professor emeritus at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and continues to teach seminars at the Collège International de Philosophie and the European Graduate School. Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation (revolution, invention, transfiguration) in every situation. In addition to several novels, plays and political essays, he has published a number of major philosophical works, including Theory of the Subject, Being and Event, Being and Event II: Logics of Worlds and Being and Event III: The Immanence of Truths (forthcoming). Learn more »

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The Humanities and the Sciences

ICLS Director Stathis Gourgouris discusses the sciences and the humanities, and the new Medicine, Literature, and Society major, in this Spectator article: http://eye.columbiaspectator.com/?q=article/2013/05/02/culture-clash Learn more »

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A public lecture by Alain Badiou. Alain Badiou is a philosopher, playwright, novelist and political activist. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation (revolution, invention, transfiguration) in every situation.... Read more »

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