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Sylvain Lazarus[1] (born 1943) is a French anthropologist and political theorist. He is currently a Professor at the Paris 8 University.


Life and work

Sylvain Lazarus worked out a theory of the social function of political categorizations (cf. The Anthropology of the Name, 1996), exploring in the anthropological field what his lacanian friends Alain Badiou (Being and Event, 1988) or Jean-Claude Milner (The Indistinct Names, 1983) worked out in the fields of philosophy, of linguistics and of psychoanalytic theory.

Lazarus's 1996 book 'Anthropologie du nom' (The Anthropology of the Name) has not yet been translated into English. It has gained a certain currency of late, however, since being discussed at length by Alain Badiou in his Abrégé de métapolitique (1998), now translated into English as Metapolitics (2005).


L'Organisation Politique

Sylvain Lazarus is a founding member (along with Natacha Michel and Alain Badiou) and secretary of the militant French political organisation L'Organisation Politique[2] which calls itself a post-party organization concerned with direct popular intervention in a wide range of issues (including immigration, labor, and housing). In addition to numerous writings and interventions since the 1980's, L'Organisation Politique has stressed the importance of developing political prescriptions concerning undocumented migrants (referred to in France as: les sans papiers) and stresses that they must be conceived primarily as workers and not immigrants.


  • Author:
    • (french) ‘Althusser, la politique et l’histoire’. In S. Lazarus (ed.) Politique et philoophie dans l’oeuvre de Louis Althusser. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1993.
    • (french) Anthropologie du nom. Paris: Seuil, 1996.
    • (french) "Anthropologie ouvrière et enquêtes d’usine; état des lieux et problématique". In Revue Ethnologie Française, numéro 3, 2001.
    • (french) Introduction to Ethnologie française n°III/2001 consacré à l'anthropologie ouvrière [3]
    • (french) "Desir de Revolution".In Lignes n°04 : (février 2002)
    • (english) "Lenin and the Party, 1902-November 1917". In Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.
  • Co-author, editor:
    • (french) L'art dégénéré - Actes d'une exposition, Aix-en-Provence, juin 1998 :Jean-Paul Curnier , Sylvain Lazarus , Jean-Pierre Faye , Alain Badiou - Editeur : Al Dante (Editions) (1998)
    • (french) Politique et philosophie dans l'oeuvre de Louis Althusser - Pratiques théoriques éditeur : Presses Universitaires France (1993)
  • Conference Director:
    • Chercher ailleurs et autrement. Sur la doctrine des lieux, l’économie, l’effondrement du socialisme Conférence du Perroquet - 1992

Using the pseudonym Paul Sandevince

  • all articles in French:
    • articles dans le journal maoïste de l'UCFML[4].
    • Qu'est-ce qu'une Politique Marxiste Éditions Potemkine - janvier 1978
    • Notes de travail sur le post-léninisme Éditions Potemkine - 1981.

Further reading

  • Alain Badiou, Metapolitics, 2005[5]
  • Michael Neocosmos, The Political Conditions of Social Thought and the Politics of Emancipation: An Introduction to the work of Sylvain Lazarus, 2009 [6]


  1. ^ who sometimes uses the pseudonymn Paul Sandevince
  2. ^ See the organisation's website at
  3. ^ Texte
  4. ^ Les Editions Prolétariennes
  5. ^ [1] Metapolitics, Alain Badiou, 2005
  6. ^ [2] Michael Neocosmos, The Political Conditions of Social Thought and the Politics of Emancipation: An Introduction to the work of Sylvain Lazarus



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