Nico Baumbach holds a BA from Brown University and a PhD in Literature from Duke University. His research and teaching focus on critical theory, film theory, documentary, and the intersection of aesthetic and political philosophy. He is currently working on two projects: a book on the writings on cinema by contemporary Continental philosophers Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj Žižek; and a study of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.
Philosophy’s Film: On Alain Badiou’s “Cinema”
One of the great strengths of Badiou’s philosophy is his complete lack of cynicism and willingness to risk folly in the pursuit of truth. It means that his analysis of the present is always injected with an untimely classicism and grandeur....