Being M. Badiou: The French Philosopher Brings His Ideas to America, Creating a Buzz

Is Alain Badiou the next great French import into American academe? A hundred or so people squeezed into a small open space on the second floor of Labyrinth Books, near Columbia University, this month to find out at a public discussion between Mr. Badiou, a professor of philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure, in Paris, with intellectual roots in Marxism and in the upheavals of 1968 in France, and Simon Critchley, a professor of philosophy at the New School for Social