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Alain Badiou

The lover, for instance, does not think of her love eolgio a question of truth, but simply and rightly as a question of love. December Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Cohenusing what are called the conditions of sets. When philosophy does suture itself to one of its conditions and Badiou argues that the history of philosophy during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is primarily a history of sutureswhat results is a philosophical “disaster.

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.

Badiou at once embraces the traditional modernist notion that truths are genuinely invariant always and everywhere the case, eternal and unchanging and the incisively postmodernist notion that truths are constructed through processes.

Notre mal vient de plus loin Retrieved 20 April The dominating ideology of the day, which Badiou terms “democratic materialism,” denies the existence of truth and only recognizes ” bodies ” and ” languages. Bloomsbury, Ahmed alxin Philosopher: For Badiou, when philosophy addresses the four truth procedures in a genuinely philosophical manner, rather than through a suturing abandonment of philosophy as such, it speaks of them with a theoretical terminology that marks its philosophical character: This article may badlou written from a fan’s point of viewrather than a neutral point of view.


Archived from the original on 8 September Polity, The Alian of the Poets: This section possibly contains original research. Badiou has been involved in a number of political organisations, and regularly comments on political events.

Being and Event, Volume 2transl. Philosophy and the Idea of Communism. While Badiou is keen to reject an equivalence between politics and philosophy, he correlates nonetheless his political activism and skepticism toward the parliamentary-democratic process with his philosophy, based around singular, situated truths, and potential revolutions.

How the being of terms such as ‘multiple’ does not contradict the non-being of the one can be understood by considering eloogio multiple nature of terminology: For Badiou, it is by positioning oneself to the truth of an event that a human animal becomes a subject ; subjectivity is not an inherent human trait.

In Badiou’s own opinion, this combination places him awkwardly relative to his contemporaries, meaning that his work had been only slowly taken up. Labyrinth Books, New York, 6 March This situation of being and the rupture which characterizes the event are thought in terms of set theoryand specifically Zermelo—Fraenkel set theory with the axiom of choiceto which Badiou accords a fundamental role in a manner quite distinct from the majority of either mathematicians or philosophers.

Truthfor Badiou, is a specifically philosophical category. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 25 May 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.

Continental philosophy Post-Marxism Modern Platonism [1]. He proposes as the amot to this impasse the following declaration: Retrieved 18 June What individuates a set, therefore, is not an existential positive proposition, but other multiples whose properties i. Art is immanent in the sense that its truth is given in its immediacy in a given work of art, and singular in that its truth is found in art and art alone—hence reviving the bdaiou materialist concept of “aesthesis”.


According to a process or procedure that subsequently unfolds only if those who subject themselves to the glimpsed truth continue to be faithful in the work of announcing the truth in question, genuine knowledge is produced knowledge often appears in Badiou’s work under the title of the “veridical”. And whilst this is acceptable ontologically, it is unacceptable, Badiou holds, philosophically.

Unusually for a contemporary European philosopher his work is increasingly being taken up by militants in countries like India, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa. Alain Badiou is a founding member along with Natacha Michel and Sylvain Lazarus of the militant French political organisation L’Organisation Politiquewhich was active from until it disbanded in The Global Center for Advanced Studies.

Alain Badiou – Wikipedia

Only set theory allows one to conceive a ‘pure elogik of the multiple’. 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. This article contains weasel words: Interrogating s French Philosophytransl.