Alain Badiou: Key Concepts

Alain Badiou is among the world’s such a lot influential residing philosophers. Few modern thinkers show his breadth of argument and reference or his skill to intrude in debates severe to either analytic and continental philosophy. Alain Badiou: Key options offers an outline of and advent to the complete variety of Badiou’s considering. individuals concentrate on the principles of Badiou’s idea, his “key concepts” – fact, being, ontology, the topic, and prerequisites – and on his engagement with quite a number thinkers vital to his philosophy, together with Plato, Spinoza, Heidegger, and Deleuze. scholars new to Badiou will locate this paintings, written through the major students within the box, available and finished, whereas readers already accustomed to Badiou will locate specified, targeted, and leading edge discussions of Badiou’s key subject matters, techniques, and engagements.

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Nevertheless, they grasped the essential: prime numbers are always implicated in the multiplicative composition of a non-prime number. 15 Regarding a truth’s exhaustion, it is just as much the case that a particular truth process can be crushed – as with the failure of Spartacus’s slave revolt. Nonetheless, although Spartacus is brutally suppressed, “the subjective identity which is fashioned in and by these military movements is not identical with them; it passes through operations of a different kind, which constitute subjective deliberation, division and production” (LW 51).

All sorts of other practices – possibly respectable, such as commerce for example, and all the different forms of the ‘service of goods,’ which are intricated in knowledge to various degrees – do not generate truths. I have to say that philosophy does not generate any truths either, however painful this admission may be. At best, philosophy is conditioned by the faithful procedures of its times” (BE 340). “The fact is that today – and on this point things haven’t budged since Plato – we know only four types of truths: science (mathematics and physics), love, politics and the arts.

Philosophy is a construction of thinking where…it is proclaimed that there are truths. But this central proclamation presupposes a specifically philosophical category, which is that of the Truth. (C 10–11)9 So we now can speak of truths, the conditions of philosophy; and Truth, the philosophical identification, articulation and affirmation of these conditions. 10 Four aspects of Badiou’s position should be emphasized here. First, philosophy can only be philosophy if it takes up the challenge of the four conditions.

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