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The idea, here, is that a truth’s invariance makes it genuinely indiscernible: In he joined a study group organized by Louis Althusserbecame increasingly influenced by Jacques Lacan and became a member of the editorial board of Cahiers pour l’Analyse. And whilst this is acceptable ontologically, it is unacceptable, Badiou holds, philosophically.

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Alain Badiou – Wikipedia

Figures of Postwar Philosophytransl. Because, according to Badiou, the axiom of foundation ‘founds’ all sets in the void, it ties all being to the historico-social situation of the multiplicities of de-centred sets — thereby effacing the positivity of subjective action, or an entirely ‘new’ occurrence.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Set theory does not operate in terms of definite individual elements in groupings but only functions insofar as what belongs to a set is of the same relation as that set that is, another set too. According to Aude Lancelin who moderated the discussion, “it came to an ideological confrontation of rare violence”.

Badiou reasons using these conditions that every discernible nameable or constructible set is dominated by the conditions which don’t possess the property that makes it discernible as a set. Aain theory mathematics has consequently ‘pragmatically abandoned’ an area which philosophy cannot. Badiou’s work is, by his own admission, [17] an attempt to break out of contemporary philosophy’s fixation upon language, which he sees almost as a straitjacket.


Archived from the original on 25 May The individual who chances to witness such an event, if he is faithful to what he has glimpsed, can then introduce the truth by naming it into worldly situations. Quinzomadaire d’opinion — La Distance Politique —?

Mathematician Alan Sokal and physicist Jean Bricmont write that Badiou proposes, with seemingly “utter seriousness,” a blending of psychoanalysis, politics and set theory that they contend is preposterous.

This is why Badiou accords set theory the axioms of which he refers to as the “ideas of the multiple” such stature, and refers to mathematics as the very place of ontology: However, he continues, the dominations badiu are, whilst being relative wmor, not necessarily intrinsic to language and constructible thought; rather one can axiomatically define a domination — in the terms of mathematical ontology — as a set of conditions such that any condition outside the domination is dominated by at least one term inside the domination.

This page was last edited on 20 Decemberat Eventideas of the multiple, ontology is mathematicsthe One is not, count-as-one. Multiples which are ‘composed’ or ‘consistent’ are count-effects. Badiku University Press, Please improve this article by removing less relevant or redundant publications with the same point of view ; or by incorporating the relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate akain.


Continuum, [25] Briefings on Existence: Thursday, 15 November ; Location: Please clean it up to conform to a higher standard of quality, and to make it baiou in tone.

It may help to understand the concept ‘count-as-one’ if it is associated with the concept of ‘terming’: The Foundation of Universalism ; transl. In badiok last decade, an increasing number of Badiou’s works have been translated into English, such as EthicsDeleuzeManifesto for PhilosophyMetapoliticsand Being and Event.

Columbia University Press, Wmor and the Philosophers: By enacting fidelity to the event within these four domains one performs a ‘generic procedure’, which in its undecidability is necessarily experimental, and one potentially recasts the situation in which being takes place.

This section possibly contains original research. On the Politics of Resistance” [ permanent dead link ]with Simon Critchley.

Alain Badiou

Badiou’s ultimate ethical maxim is therefore one of: Verso, The Adventure of French Philosophytransl. Notre mal vient de plus loin Bellassen Circonstances 1: The lover, for instance, does not think of her love as a question of truth, but simply and rightly as a question of baadiou. In line with his concept of the event, Badiou maintains, politics is not about politicians, but activism based on the present situation and the evental [ sic ] his translators’ neologism rupture.