Alain Badiou: Live Theory by Oliver Feltham

By Oliver Feltham

Alain Badiou is unquestionably the main interesting and influential voice in modern French philosophy and essentially the most very important theorists at paintings this day. His impression on continental philosophy and the broader philosophy group, politics and the humanities within the final two decades has been large.

Alain Badiou: dwell Theory bargains a concise and available creation to his paintings and suggestion, laying out the valuable issues of his significant works, together with his magnum opus, Being and Event, and its long-awaited sequel, Logics of Worlds. Oliver Feltham explores the basic questions during which Badiou's philosophy continuously evolves, identifies the foremost turning issues in his rules, and makes a transparent case for the coherence and robust singularity of his idea whilst hired within the research of political and inventive occasions. Feltham examines the thinkers and theorists with whom Badiou has engaged and who've engaged with him, arguing that Badiou's paintings is compelling accurately since it opens up new genealogies and new polemics within the highbrow panorama. The publication encompasses a fresh interview with Badiou, during which he discusses his present issues and destiny plans.

This is the appropriate significant other to check for college kids and readers encountering this attention-grabbing philosopher for the 1st time.

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Faced with these questions Badiou concludes that he needs to start over. To reiterate, the overall task of this work is to found a materialist theory of the subj ect. The subject is conceived as a moment of change that closes one dialectical sequence of political history and opens another. Our expectations are thus quite high; Badiou's argument promises no less than a theory of history as a discontinuous multiplicity of discrete se q uences, linked only by contingent events. In Marxism, political phil­ osophy and the philosophy of history this is no little ambition.

Badiou 's third account of models and differentiation is far more complicated: it concerns the his to ri c al use of models by logicians and mathematicians such as Godel to demonstrate both the coherency of diffe re nt theories and the indep en de n c e of particular postulates (eM, 62/ 1 40) . For example i n 1 9 39 Godel uses the construction of a m o de l to prove that Zermelo Fraenkel set theory remains consistent both when the Axiom of Choice is added and when the continuum hypothesis is admitted.

What consistency remains in a discourse that is suspended from an aggregate of particular political struggles; how can it still be given a single name? C loser to home, how can we reconcile Badiou's develop­ ment of three theories in this period a theory of ideology, a theory of contradiction and a theory of the subject with the doctrine of the primacy of political practice? Badiou himself appears to reconcile the two with a softer formulation of the doctrine in his Theorie de la Contradic­ tion: 'Marxism is primarily a taking of a political stand and a system­ atization of partisan experience; secondarily it is a science of society.

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