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Review Essay

Alain Badiou and the Multiple Meanings of the “Cultural Revolution”

Xiaoquan Chu
Translated by Peter Brown
p. 85-88


Alain Badiou’s work L’Hypothèse communiste (The Communist hypothesis) presents the “Cultural Revolution” in China as a necessary and commendable stage on the way towards the realisation of the Communist ideal. Badiou’s analysis of this event completely neglects what really happened to the Chinese during this period and shows a curious willingness on the part of the author to take literally the discourses produced by the official propaganda of the day.

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Cultural Revolution, Badiou.
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Electronic reference

Xiaoquan Chu, « Alain Badiou and the Multiple Meanings of the “Cultural Revolution” », China Perspectives [Online], 2016/4 | 2016, Online since 01 December 2016, connection on 24 May 2017. URL :

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About the author

Xiaoquan Chu

Xiaoquan Chu is a Professor in the Department of French Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.College of Foreign Languages, Fudan University, 220, Han Dan road, Shanghai, 200433 (

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