New PDF release: Alain Badiou (Key Concepts)

By A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens

ISBN-10: 1844652297

ISBN-13: 9781844652297

Alain Badiou is the world's such a lot influential dwelling thinker. Few modern thinkers reveal his breadth of argument and reference, or his skill to interfere in debates severe to either analytic and continental philosophy. "Alain Badiou: Key strategies" provides an summary of and creation to the whole variety of Badiou's considering. Essays specialise in the rules of Badiou's notion, his 'key recommendations' - fact, being, ontology, the topic, and stipulations - and on his engagement with various thinkers relevant to his philosophy, together with Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Heidegger and Deleuze. scholars new to Badiou will locate this paintings, written by means of the foremost students within the box, available and accomplished, whereas readers already conversant in Badiou will locate distinct, targeted and cutting edge discussions of Badiou's key topics, ideas and engagements.

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6. For a more detailed account of this situation, see Clemens (2007). 7. To give a sense of the radicality of Badiou's shift between Theory of the Subject and Being and Event in regard to Plato, in "The (Re)turn of Philosophy Itself" Badiou will identify this position with that of "Stalinist Marxism", for which "Plato names the birth of idealism" (C 9). 8. As Badiou says of Theory of the Subject, "I cut straight to the dialectic, without drawing - in a Greater Logic - all the consequences of the obligatory materialism" (LW 46).

Philosophy in itself does not produce truths; rather it gathers them after the fact. In thinking the immanent inventions that occur in these truths, and in creating a common conceptual space for them, philosophy will finally render itself contemporary with its own times. This is the doctrine of conditions. According to this doctrine, it is not every day that a new philosophy is created - a space of compossibility must be conceptually constructed for four truth procedures, one political, one scientific, one amorous and one artistic.

In any case, any suspicions about the stability of Althusser's initial conception of philosophy are immediately confirmed by the original 1969 preface to Badiou's work that denounces the text as a "theoreticist deviation"! This self-critique clearly marks the opening of Badiou's Maoist period. Note, however, that the charge of "theoreticism" also mirrors a turn in Althusser's own work. In the mid-1960s Althusser positions philosophy in the 15 ALAIN BADIOU: KEY CONCEPTS field of science, fights against the French Communist Party's silence on theoretical issues and critiques Marx's "practicism" in Reading Capital (1996: 47-8).

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