Monthly Archives: December 2016

CARL FREEDMAN ON MIÉVILLE’S “LAST DAYS”

This is a set of reflections loosely inspired by Carl Freedman’s interesting and thoughtful review of China Miéville’s THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS. I am in agreement with much of what it says, but I think I have a … Continue reading

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BADIOU ON INFINITY AND THE GOOD LIFE: “mathematical rudiments and poetic breakthroughs”

In my recent series of posts I have been presenting an entry into Badiou’s system by way of his readings of various poets. For the moment I have translated and summarised from his discussion of poems by Arthur Rimbaud, René … Continue reading

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BADIOU READS VICTOR HUGO (1): the blue thistle and dis-enclosing the finite

Badiou’s strategy involves beginning with a critique of the dominant ideology of modern society, which is no longer based on a finitude of stability and repetition but on a new form of finitude, one of movement and innovation. The critique … Continue reading

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BADIOU READS RIMBAUD (2): the death of intensity

Rimbaud: City from ILLUMINATIONS “I’m an ephemeral and not too discontented citizen of a metropolis thought to be modern because all known taste has been avoided in the furnishing and exterior of houses as well as the city plan. Here … Continue reading

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BADIOU READS RENÉ CHAR (2): an amalgam of singularities

“Fragment 223 from HYPNOS “Life which neither can nor wants to fold its sail, life that the winds blow back exhausted to the slime of the village, nevertheless ever ready to soar over the hebetude, a life ever less garnished, … Continue reading

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BADIOU READS RENÉ CHAR (1): self-refusal and de-legitimating suffering

“René Char headed a maquis of the resistance in Provence…He is truly the type of the combatant poet (that Rimbaud would have wanted to be). We have here the intersection or the cumulation of two truth procedures: the political procedure … Continue reading

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BADIOU’S INQUIRY (1): six characteristics of truths

Badiou explicitly calls his research in view of writing a third book to complete the system begun with BEING AND EVENT and continued with LOGICS OF WORLDS an “inquiry“. The first two books constituted an “analytic“, but the third book … Continue reading

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