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PROAMNESIS: forgetting Badiou’s maths

This post is part of my ongoing discussion of Alain Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS and allows me to give an overview of my general approach to philosophy in this blog. To be clear, I think we must seriously and thoroughly … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S LAW: the waste is the product

Badiou in IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS speaks of the difference between the « déchet » (finite) and the « oeuvre » (infinite). « Déchet » poses a difficult problem of translation. In the recently published English translation it is rendered as « waste product », which is correct but … Lire la suite

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INCOMMENSURABLES OR CONCEPTUAL CROSSINGS? (both are necessary)

My basic idea is that different research programmes, or « traditions », may well be incommensurable in a strong sense when taken as abstract traditions and be compartmentalised, mutually hermetically sealed, with nothing to say to each other (semantic incommensurability and deductive … Lire la suite

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LAYERS OF THEORY, DEALING WITH THE REAL: a note on the layer-cake model

In my recent posts on Badiou’s method I am making no unusual or unduly metaphysical claims about the logic of necessity or the nature of reality.. I am merely starting out from the famous « layer-cake » model of testing starting with … Lire la suite

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BRIDGE LAWS AND CATEGORY-CROSSINGS: on the relation between philosophical propositions and truth procedures

Far from privileging the « poetic » my interpretation is methodological, I have been applying Popper’s and Lakatos’s multi-layered concept of « metaphysical research programmes » to contemporary French philosophy for the twelve years of existence of my blog. The emphasis of my reading … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S LADDER (2): Poetry – truth procedures as conceptual characters

In my previous post I discussed Badiou’s method of taking one particular truth procedure, in his case mathematics, and proceding by a form to guided abduction to elaborate speculative hypotheses at the more general philosophical level (noetic ascent) that could … Lire la suite

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BADIOU’S LADDER: On the hypothetico-deductive method in IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS

I do not think mathematics contains the essential content to Badiou’s ideas, although it may be the key, or more properly it is the ladder which we climb up and can then throw away (except if we’re specially interested in … Lire la suite

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