New PDF release: Alain Badiou: Live Theory

By Oliver Feltham

ISBN-10: 082649692X

ISBN-13: 9780826496928

Alain Badiou is unquestionably the main interesting and influential voice in modern French philosophy and probably the most vital theorists at paintings at the present time. His effect on continental philosophy and the broader philosophy group, politics and the humanities within the final two decades has been great.

Alain Badiou: stay conception bargains a concise and obtainable advent to his paintings and notion, laying out the vital issues of his significant works, together with his magnum opus, Being and occasion, and its long-awaited sequel, Logics of Worlds. Oliver Feltham explores the elemental questions during which Badiou's philosophy continually evolves, identifies the major turning issues in his rules, and makes a transparent case for the coherence and strong singularity of his idea while 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 booklet contains a fresh interview with Badiou, during which he discusses his present issues and destiny plans.

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There is no longer a teleology to history: if historical change does occur, it does not slowly but surely realize a predetermined end or an internal necessity. It is precisely at this point that modality enters the theory of social change: the key modalities of change being impossibility, possibility, necessity and contingency. 14 Badiou’s theorization of consistency For Althusser the social whole consists of a set of interlocking practices: in his commentary, Badiou criticizes Althusser for positing this combination and hierarchy of practices without having first theorized the actual space in which these practices are placed (RM, 458).

There is no universal definition of ideology allowing its immediate recognition and disqualification. 42 Retroactive identification and spontaneous emergence do explain how science and ideology form a couple, but not how they form a dialectical process. To do so Badiou must introduce philosophy: philosophy recuperates and appropriates the products of science by interpreting its operations in the terms of classical philosophical categories. 43 From a Marxist standpoint, the subject, contrary to Lacan’s speculations on the subject of science, is also an ideological category (MM, 158; RM, 449 n.

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without prior permission in writing from the publishers. British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN-10:HB: 0–8264-9692-X PB: 0–8264-9693–8 ISBN-13:HB: 978–0-8264–9692-8 PB: 978–0-8264–9693-5 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data A catalog record for this book is available from the Library of Congress.

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