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Jason Barker

Jason Barker

Jason Barker is a British theorist of contemporary French philosophy, a film director, screenwriter and producer. He is a professor of cultural studies at Kyung Hee University in the Graduate School of British and American Language and Culture,[1] and visiting professor at the European Graduate School,[2] where he teaches in the Faculty of Media and Communication alongside Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, Jacques Rancière, Avital Ronell, Slavoj Žižek, and others.[3]

Most notable for his translation and introductions to the philosophy of Alain Badiou, Barker draws on an eclectic range of influences including Neoplatonism, Lacanian psychoanalysis and Marxism.[4] Writing in both the English and French languages, Barker has also contributed to debates in post-Marxism.[5]

In an article published in The Guardian in February 2012, Barker criticised the selective interpretation of Karl Marx's writings by economists such as Nouriel Roubini when responding to the global recession. According to Barker such interpretations water down the revolutionary aspects of Marx's ideas and focus unduly on their reformist tendencies.[6]


  • Marx Reloaded 1
  • Bibliography 2
    • Original works 2.1
    • Edited works 2.2
    • As translator 2.3
    • 2.4 Articles
    • Filmography 2.5
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Marx Reloaded

Barker is the writer, director and producer of the 2011 partly animated documentary film Marx Reloaded,[7] which considers the relevance of Karl Marx's ideas in the aftermath of the global economic and financial crisis of 2008—09.[8] The film includes interviews with several distinguished philosophers including Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Nina Power, Jacques Rancière, John N. Gray, Alberto Toscano, Peter Sloterdijk and Slavoj Žižek.

The London Evening Standard cited the film alongside the 2012 re-edition of the Communist Manifesto and Owen Jones' best-selling book Chavs as evidence of a resurgence of left-wing ideas.[9]

British philosopher Simon Critchley has described Marx Reloaded as "a great introduction to Marx for a new generation",[10] while German political scientist Herfried Münkler has called it "the type of film that Marx himself would have approved of".[2]


Original works

  • Alain Badiou: A Critical Introduction, London: Pluto Press, 2002, ISBN 9780745318004.

Edited works

  • 맑스 재장전: 자본주의와 공산주의에 관한 대담 / Marx Reloaded. Interviews on Capitalism and Communism, Seoul: Nanjang Publishing House, 2013. ISBN 9788994769134.

As translator

  • Alain Badiou, Metapolitics, trans. and with an introduction by Jason Barker, London: Verso Books, 2005, ISBN 9781844670352.


  • "The Topology of Revolution" in Communication and Cognition (Vol. 36, no. 1/2, 2003), ISSN 0378-0880.
  • "Principles of Equality: on Alain Badiou's Manifesto for Philosophy, Deleuze: The Clamor of Being, and Ethics. An Essay on the Understanding of Evil” in Historical Materialism (No. 12.1, 2004), ISSN 1465-4466.
  • "Topography and Structure" in Polygraph (no. 17, 2005), ISSN 1533-9793.
  • "Nous, Les Sans-Marxisme" in Gilles Grelet (ed.), Théorie-rébellion: Un Ultimatum, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2005, ISBN 2747592103.
  • "Nothing Personal: From the State to the Master” in Prelom (no. 8, 2006), ISSN 1451-1304.
  • "De L'Etat au Maître: Badiou et le post-marxisme” in Besana et Feltham (eds.) Ecrits Autour de la Pensée d’Alain Badiou, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2006, ISBN 9782296026858.
  • “Wherefore Art Thou Philosophy? Badiou without Badiou” in Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy (Vol. 8.1, 2012), ISSN 1832-9101.
  • "Master Signifier: A Brief Genealogy of Lacano-Maoism" in Filozofia (Vol. 69, no. 9, 2014), ISSN 0046-385X.



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  4. ^ See Barker, "Topography and Structure".
  5. ^ See Barker, "De L'Etat au Maître: Badiou et le post-marxisme”.
  6. ^ Karl Marx is never going to provide therapy for bankers at The Guardian
  7. ^ [1]Film review at Time Out]
  8. ^ official websiteMarx Reloaded
  9. ^
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External links

  • "To Have Done with the Other" Online article at Ghent University
  • Interview in New Left Project
  • trailer at YouTubeMarx Reloaded
  • Interview on BBC World Service
  • Entry on IMDb.
  • Entry on Amazon.
  • Entry on Amazon.
  • Entry in a catalogue.
  • PDF with more information.
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