Alain Badiou: Live Theory by Oliver Feltham PDF

By Oliver Feltham

ISBN-10: 082649692X

ISBN-13: 9780826496928

Alain Badiou is certainly the main interesting and influential voice in modern French philosophy and essentially the most very important theorists at paintings at the present time. His influence on continental philosophy and the broader philosophy neighborhood, politics and the humanities within the final two decades has been giant.

Alain Badiou: reside conception bargains a concise and obtainable advent to his paintings and proposal, laying out the critical topics of his significant works, together with his magnum opus, Being and occasion, and its long-awaited sequel, Logics of Worlds. Oliver Feltham explores the basic questions in which Badiou's philosophy continuously evolves, identifies the main turning issues in his rules, and makes a transparent case for the coherence and strong singularity of his inspiration whilst hired within the research of political and creative 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 incorporates a fresh interview with Badiou, during which he discusses his present issues and destiny plans.

This is the right significant other to check for college kids and readers encountering this interesting philosopher for the 1st time.

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The first part of Badiou’s lecture, a stinging critique of positivist epistemology in cybernetics and structuralism and a careful dissection of Carnap on the mathematical concept of model, had already been delivered. His colleagues were awaiting not only a full demonstration of the concept of model but also an explanation of its import for the greater concerns of the seminar: the distinction between science and ideology, the question of the emergence of new knowledge. But Badiou’s second lecture was postponed: the students hit the streets, the paving stones began to fly, and Badiou, already an experienced militant through protests against the Algerian War, joined the occupation of part of the École Normale.

When Badiou reconstructs Althusser’s theory the location of an immanent concrete agent of change forms a major concern: he calls it the problem of structural causality (RM, 449). Another major concern for Badiou is to account for the consistency of the social whole: this is what is lacking, in his eyes, from Althusser’s theory of social change; there is no concept of the totality of social practices. But why must one account for the consistency of the totality when the goal is precisely to think its transformation and thus dissolution?

But why must one account for the consistency of the totality when the goal is precisely to think its transformation and thus dissolution? It so happens that in order to think change, one must be able to identify two different points or states of affairs between which change occurs; these might be the starting point and the endpoint of the change – but not necessarily since the change might continue indefinitely before and after these two points. If one cannot identify two separate states of affairs between which the change occurs, one is forced to oscillate between two incompatible theses: either everything is continually changing, or everything is absolutely the same.

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