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Alain Badiou: Live Theory by Oliver Feltham

By Oliver Feltham

Alain Badiou is surely the main fascinating and influential voice in modern French philosophy and probably the most vital theorists at paintings this day. His impression on continental philosophy and the broader philosophy neighborhood, politics and the humanities within the final two decades has been gigantic.

Alain Badiou: reside conception bargains a concise and available creation to his paintings and suggestion, laying out the significant subject matters 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 by which Badiou's philosophy always evolves, identifies the most important turning issues in his rules, and makes a transparent case for the coherence and robust singularity of his concept while hired within the research of political and creative events. 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 features a fresh interview with Badiou, during which he discusses his present matters and destiny plans.

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The guiding thread for this analysis is the question of the relationship between the thought of multiplicity and the thought of change. However, in so far as this book is primarily an introduction to Badiou – fourth impossibility – it cannot satisfactorily fulfil the tasks of interpretation: this would require the systematization of my own concepts, concepts I begin to sketch in Chapters 2 and 3. In this chapter, I identify Badiou’s initial projects and explain how he disengages his own trajectory from the work of his master, Althusser.

Throughout the rest of his oeuvre his critique of totality is constant; and even in this very text he singles out in passing Sartre’s use of totality as ideological (RM, 451 n. 18). This peculiar silence is com-pounded by Badiou’s assertion that the dominant practice is responsible for both the hierarchy of practices within the totality – their order, their degrees of relative autonomy – and for the overall unity of the totality (RM, 456, 461). Moreover, as mentioned above the determining practice – the practice responsible for historical change – selects the practice that will newly take up the dominant position, thus reorganizing both the hierarchy and the overall identity of the social totality and producing a new conjuncture.

It is in this context that Badiou develops his own articulation of science and ideology in reaction to Jacques Alain Miller’s alliance of the two in the famous article ‘Suture’. 22 As a result of this break not only did the entire field of investigation change but the scientific concepts Marx developed through the study of classic political economy no longer allowed him to even reconstruct the Hegelian and Feuerbachian categories of man or consciousness. 23 Althusser claims that he simply borrowed the concept of epistemological break from Bachelard.

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