The Praxis of Alain Badiou
re.press, 2006 - 423 pagina's
Following the publication of his magnum opus L'être et l'événement (Being and Event) in 1988, Alain Badiou has been acclaimed as one of France's greatest living philosophers. Since then, he has released a dozen books, including Manifesto for Philosophy, Conditions, Metapolitics and Logiques des mondes (Logics of Worlds), many of which are now available in English translation. Badiou writes on an extraordinary array of topics, and his work has already had an impact upon studies in the history of philosophy, the history and philosophy of science, political philosophy, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, and ontology. This volume takes up the challenge of explicating, extending and, in many places, criticizing Badiou's stunningly original theses. Above all, the essays collected here put Badiou's concepts to the test in a confrontation with the four great headings that he himself has identified as essential to our humanity: science, love, art and politics. Many of the contributors have already been recognized as outstanding translators of and commentators on Badiou's work; they appear here with fresh voices also destined to make a mark.
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Pagina 320 - All significant concepts of the modern theory of the state are secularized theological concepts...
Pagina 220 - The previous ruling classes were essentially conservative in the sense that they did not tend to construct an organic passage from the other classes into their own, ie to enlarge their class sphere "technically" and ideologically: their conception was that of a closed caste. The bourgeois class poses itself as an organism in continuous movement, capable of absorbing the entire society, assimilating it to its own cultural and economic level. The entire function of the State has been transformed; the...
Pagina 199 - A satisfaction of this kind, such as an artist's joy in creating, in giving his phantasies body, or a scientist's in solving problems or discovering truths, has a special quality which we shall certainly one day be able to characterize in metapsychological terms. At present we can only say figuratively that such satisfactions seem 'finer and higher'.
Pagina 29 - ... intuitionist mathematics is an essentially languageless activity of the mind having its origin in the perception of a move of time, ie of the falling apart of a life moment into two distinct things, one of which gives way to the other, but is retained by memory.
Pagina 102 - We know that mathematicians care no more for logic than logicians for mathematics. The two eyes of exact science are mathematics and logic : the mathematical sect puts out the logical eye, the logical sect puts out the mathematical eye ; each believing that it sees better with one eye than with two.
Pagina 336 - The consciousness of the infinite is nothing else than the consciousness of the infinity of the consciousness ; or, in the consciousness of the infinite, the ; conscious subject has for his object the infinity of his own nature.
Pagina 34 - Your argument is metaphysical in nature. If "to exist" does not mean "to be constructed", it must have some metaphysical meaning. It cannot be the task of mathematics to investigate this meaning or to decide whether it is tenable or not. We have no objection against a mathematician privately admitting any metaphysical theory he likes, but Brouwer's program entails that we study mathematics as something simpler, more immediate than metaphysics. In the study of mental mathematical constructions "to...
Pagina 254 - The radio would be the finest possible communication apparatus in public life, a vast network of pipes. That is to say, it would be if it knew how to receive as well as to transmit, how to let the listener speak as well as hear, how to bring him into a relationship instead of isolating him.
Pagina 54 - ... future mathematical experiences of the creating subject; secondly, in the form of mathematical species, ie properties supposable for mathematical entities previously acquired, and satisfying the condition that, if they hold for a certain mathematical entity, they also hold for all mathematical entities which have been defined to be equal...