BADIOU’S REDUCTIONS

Abstract: Badiou’s dogmatic monist reductionist ontology of pluralism is a relic of a bygone age, not some daring new answer to postmodern relativism. Deleuze, Lyotard, Hillman, Feyerabend have each left accounts of how they underwent a radical transformation in passing from a monist theory of dissensus, multiplicity, and difference to a pluralist practice of theory. Bruno Latour’s passage from a pluralism of beings to a pluralism of modes of existence is a recent example of such an evolution. Badiou, however, has undergone no such transformation

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