Monthly Archives: February 2016

BADIOU ON HEIDEGGER (1): video (in French)

Badiou speaks here about his seminar on Heidegger, professed from October 1986 to June 1987. Some hasty commentators have claimed that Badiou does not know much about Heidegger’s philosophy or has had nothing much to say about it. However, this … Continue reading

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READING BADIOU NON-CONSTRUCTIVELY

A CHARITABLE READING IS A GENERIC READING Badiou’s transformation of the mathematical distinction between constructible and generic into a philosophical distinction is a very interesting piece of conceptual creation. Badiou tells us that this distinction expresses a real alternative between … Continue reading

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BADIOU’S DIAGRAMS OF COVERING OVER

The definable sets in the conservative world (on the left) are already tied to language, wholly known to everyone. They are used to cover over anything undefined, anything new that could arise (on the right) in transgression and displacement of … Continue reading

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BADIOU ON COVERING OVER AND DEFINABLE SETS

Badiou’s guiding idea in his seminar for this year (2016): “every figure of oppression amounts to being imprisoned in a finite figure of existence, at the very place where one could maintain an infinte perspective” (Badiou, Seminar February 15 2016) … Continue reading

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NON-STANDARD PHILOSOPHY vs NON-PHILOSOPHY

“If one may give some advice, it is better to be a floating and inspired reader, as the author must sometimes be, an undulatory reader rather than a corpuscular one. He must begin like someone diving into the water, or … Continue reading

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ON CLARITY AND OBSCURITY (AGAIN!)

“Must great philosophy be obscure?” asks Keith Frankish in an interesting article posted in AEON This is a vey interesting problem.This post is not intended as a critique of Frankish’s argument but as a series of reflections inspired by it. … Continue reading

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“Laruelle does not exist; or, working with non-philosophy, not worshipping it”

Laruelle’s negative phase of “non-philosophy” must be understood and assimilated before we can hope to understand his more recent positive achievements. His PRINCIPLES OF NON-PHILOSOPHY is an essential step on the way to his later more positive works, e.g. NON-STANDARD … Continue reading

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