Badiou: A Subject To Truth

Badiou: A Subject To Truth

Peter Hallward

Language: English

Pages: 512

ISBN: 0816634610

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Alain Badiou is one of the most inventive and compelling philosophers working in France todayOCoa thinker who, in these days of cynical resignation and academic specialization, is exceptional in every sense. Guided by disciplines ranging from mathematics to psychoanalysis, inspired as much by Plato and Cantor as by Mao and Mallarm(r), BadiouOCOs work renews, in the most varied and spectacular terms, a decidedly ancient understanding of philosophyOCophilosophy as a practice conditioned by truths, understood as militant processes of emancipation or transformation.
This book is the first comprehensive introduction to BadiouOCOs thought to appear in any language. Assuming no prior knowledge of his work, it provides a thorough and searching overview of all the main components of his philosophy, from its decisive political orientation through its startling equation of ontology with mathematics to its resolute engagement with its principal competition (from Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Deleuze, among others). The book draws on all of BadiouOCOs published work and a wide sampling of his unpublished work in progress, along with six years of correspondence with the author.a
Peter Hallward pays careful attention to the aspect of BadiouOCOs work most liable to intimidate readers in continental philosophy and critical theory: its crucial reliance on certain key developments in modern mathematics. Eschewing unnecessary technicalities, Hallward provides a highly readable discussion of each of the basic features of BadiouOCOs ontology, as well as his more recent account of appearance and OC being-there.OCO
Without evading the difficulties, Peter Hallward demonstrates in detail and in depth why BadiouOCOs ongoing philosophical project should be recognized as the most resourceful and inspiring of his generation.




















rapport within the nonrapport" of man and woman. Though it is in rapport with both positions, "there is nothing that enters into rapport with it, other than the void" (5). On this hOme:'30 as thematized by the motifs of "virginity:' "maternity:' "muscosity:' and so on. Whereas Badiou stresses the absence and impossibility of a sexual Love and Sexual Difference I 191 190 I Love and Sexual Difference feminine disposition and the "natural" starting point for an eventual recon­ self be named

in the futile pursuit of land reform through established re-presentative channels, the MST has organized the direct occupation of farmland by the landless poor themselves, allowing some 250,000 families to win titles to over fifteen million acres since 1 985. What the MST has understood with par­ ticular clarity is that legal recognition can be won only as the result of a sub­ jective mobilization that is itself indifferent to the logic of recognition and re-presentation as such. The remarkable

only waiting for us because we are waiting for it. Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520 -Alain Badiou, "The Caesura of Nihilism" http://www. The subject is rare because, contrary Library of Congress Cataloging-in-P ublication Data contemporary opinion, it cannot simply coincide with the individual. It falls to us to preserve the form of this rarity, and Hallward, Peter. we shall succeed insofar as the God of the One has died....We who are sum­ Badiou : a subject to truth / Peter

(Lacan) Le Seminaire VII (Lacan) Le Seminaire XI (Lacan) Le Seminaire XVII (Lacan) Le Seminaire XX (Lacan) Saint Paul et la fondation de l'universalisme (Badiou) o n "Topos, ou logiques de l'onto-Iogique: Une Introduction pour philosophes, tome 1" (Badiou) TA n t r o d u c t "Theorie axiomatique du sujet: Notes du cours 1996-1998" A New Ph i losophy of the Su bject (Badiou) TC T5 Theorie de la contradiction (Badiou) Theorie du suJet (Badiou) Badiou's philosophy of the event is itself

presentation itself" (EE, 1 3 ) . In short, mathematics provides Badiou subjective orientations of post-Cartesian philosophy are rigorously recipro­ with a language for describing the general situation of all conceivable situa­ cal, bound together in a decisive, aggressively atheist conjuncture: "Only where thinking thinks itself is it absolutely mathematical,"1 8 and thought tions, regardless of their particular contexts or contents. By the same token, of course, such an ontology can say

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