Think Again: Alain Badiou and the Future of Philosophy (Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers)

Think Again: Alain Badiou and the Future of Philosophy (Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers)

Language: English

Pages: 286

ISBN: 0826459072

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Slavoj Š ZiŠzek is not alone in thinking that Alain Badiou's recent work is "the event of contemporary philosophy." Think Again, the first publication of its kind, goes a long way towards justifying his assessment. Badiou is nothing if not polemical and the most suitable way to approach his philosophy is precisely through the controversies it creates. This book, which opens with an introduction aimed at readers new to Badiou's work, presents a range of essays which explore Badiou's most contentious claims in the fields of ontology, politics, ethics and aesthetics.

Alain Badiou has devised perhaps the only truly inventive philosophy of the subject since Sartre. Almost alone among his peers, Badiou's work promises a genuine renewal of philosophy, a subject he sees as conditioned by innovation in spheres ranging from radical politics to artistic experimentation to mathematical formalization. Slavoj Š ZiŠzek is not alone in thinking that Alain Badiou's recent work is "the event of contemporary philosophy." Think Again, the first publication of its kind, goes a long way towards justifying his assessment. Badiou is nothing if not polemical and the most suitable way to approach his philosophy is precisely through the controversies it creates. This book, which opens with an introduction aimed at readers new to Badiou's work, presents a range of essays which explore Badiou's most contentious claims in the fields of ontology, politics, ethics and aesthetics.

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concentrates either on the ON THE SUBJECT OF THE DIALECTIC 151 ontological theses or on the theory of the subject, so as to put being firmly on the one hand and the event firmly on the other. Many critics, first and foremost among them Slavoj Zˇizˇek and Peter Hallward, argue that this is precisely what Badiou himself ends up doing, when in his later work, after abandoning a more traditional dialectical view, he sets up a rigid divide similar to the Kantian (or even Sartrean) opposition between

indissociable from the indiscernible and the aleatory, defined in the radical, ontological sense of the term. We have here in a sense a repetition, an extension, of Cantor’s conversion of the famous ‘paradoxes of infinity’, which embarrassed classical philosophers and seemed to defy reason, into a definition of infinite sets – which are the real objects of set theory – and into the principle behind their systematic ordering (the ‘aleph’ series). Badiou also says that this form of the absolute, which

unconditioned. This double character constitutes what is known as metaphysics, considered in its umbilical link to what is known as technics [la technique]. This is the theme I would briefly like to consider here. Through his watchword conditions, which, taken in its absolute sense and as index of a concept, he only ever writes in the plural (as in the title of an * This chapter, translated by Ray Brassier, was first published as ‘Philosophie sans conditions’, in Alain Badiou: Penser le multiple,

capacities that make up the very being of the situation. The indiscernible being counted by a situation, the void as such remains for the same reason forever uncountable, forever devoid of any discernible place in the situation. What qualifies as void is scattered indifferently throughout every part of the situation – proletarian qualities can in principle be attributed to every member of the capitalist situation, for instance, just as in a certain sense zero is included in every other number. By

ontology and hinges on a contingent act of decision.1 In spite of these many real points of convergence, there are also, however, several aspects in which our respective approaches fundamentally diverge, and it is these that I shall address in the following pages. The fact that our approaches are indeed comparable, however, has its advantages: opposite theoretical decisions can be presented as alternative routes whose divergence is thinkable out of what had been, up to that point, a relatively

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