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Badiou, West to discuss equality, March 28

Alain Badiou, a renowned French philosopher, novelist and playwright, and Cornel West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton, will discuss "Is It Possible to Enjoy Personal Liberty Without Collective Equality?" on Tuesday, March 28. The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 50.

Badiou, a professor of philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, is the author of numerous writings on art, politics and religion that have had significant influence on the continent of Europe and also are taking hold in the United States. Eight of his books have been translated into English in the past two years, including "Being and Event," the cornerstone of his work.

West is one of the nation's most widely known and quoted public intellectuals on the topics of American society, race, politics and class issues. His 1993 bestseller, ''Race Matters,'' was regarded as a groundbreaking book that examined the impact of racism on America.

The event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, the Council of the Humanities, the departments of comparative literature, English, French and Italian, philosophy and religion, Dollars & Sins, the Graduate School, the Program in European Cultural Studies and the University Center for Human Values. 

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