François Laruelle’s TETRALOGOS Presentations part 2

This completes my general presentation of Laruelle’s TETRALOGOS

Subjects discussed:

new foundations for science fiction, general formula for non-standard science fiction, possible objections to the formula, arguments for introducing more genericity, potential falsifiers to the formula; open, flexible, extended heuristic criteria; farewell to our educators.

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Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS Introduction 3.1

This chapter deals with Badiou’s set of requirements for an « absolute ontological referent »: immobility, non-atomicity, axiomatic prescription, maximality.

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François Laruelle’s TETRALOGOS: Presentations part 1

This first chapter contains an overview of the structure, themes, and movement of Laruelle’s magnum opus TETRALOGOS.

Subjects discussed:

amplitude, inventivity, mega-text, cognitive estrangement, futurality, neologism, transformed language, hard and soft SF, cosmicity, space opera, worlds, the Earth, Universe, aliens, cosmic voyage, willing suspension of disbelief, and sense of wonder.

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Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS – Arthur Rimbaud’s « Youth »

This chapter gives us an overview of the conceptual trajectory of the book by means of the analysis of « Youth », a poem by Arthur Rimbaud. This poem is not discussed in the book, but the analysis figures in the first class in Badiou’s seminar on THE IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS. I have followed and expanded upon Badiou’s discussion in session 1, 24th October 2012.

Subjects discussed: the world of finitude and its sad affects, the capacity of everyone to encounter and participate in the infinite potentials of Truths-in-the-making, consolidating the breakthroughs, the work of truth, paradigm-change and the new subjectivity.

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Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS Introduction 2.3 – 2.8

In our first chapter on section two of the introduction we investigated the three traits of the immanence of truths. In this second chapter we examine the difference between reasoning in finite cases and reasoning in infinite cases. Badiou discusses a particular theorem from set theory, the power-set theorem, and explains its philosophical ramifications from the point of view of its content and also from the perspective of its mode of proof.

Subjects discussed:

Finite proofs versus infinite proofs, reductio ad absurdum, negativity and dialectics, errance and the infinite, paradoxical objects, love as nihilist jealousy vs love as creative risk.

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Reader’s Guide to Alain Badiou’s THE IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS

This is a philosophical video book (or VOOK), a work in progress aimed at giving the first book length commentary on Alain Badiou’s THE IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS.

Badiou himself distinguishes two possible approaches to his philosophy:

1) the systematic approach by way of his three full-scale volumes (BEING AND EVENT, LOGICS OF WORLDS, and THE IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS, and

2) a phenomenological approach by way of his seminars, talks, smaller books giving a more intuitive access to the system.

I attempt in this video-book to think through the book as I read it, and so to synthesise the two modes of reading by combining an in-the-making video approach with a linear reading and analysis of THE IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS.


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Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS Introduction 2.1 – 2.2

In section one we examined the four traits of truths, in section two we investigate the three traits of immanence.

Subjects discussed: three traits of immanence of truths – production in determinate worlds, inherent relation to absoluteness, subjective relation to truth process. The absolute value of truths is explicated by their infinity. Different proof procedures apply to finite cases and to infinite cases.

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Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS Introduction 1D

This video-chapter finishes the summary and discussion of Introduction Section I: Speculative Strategy.

Subjects discussed:

Badiou’s general methodological advice, dangers of mathematicism, the human as subject of truths vs the human animal as object of finitude. Badiou’s four great books, THEORY OF THE SUBJECT as reactive romantic synthesis. Revelations and conversions as the speculative leaps of philosophy.

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Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS Introduction 1C

Continuing the discussion of section 1 of the introduction. Subjects discussed:

the finite is always a result

two modes of existence of the finite

1) passive result of operations in the infinite (trash, waste)

2) active product of operations within the infinite (work, oeuvre)

Romanticism as passive reception of the infinite by the known finite vs

Badiou’s active extraction by way of the infinite of the new, unknown finite

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Badiou’s IMMANENCE OF TRUTHS Introduction 1B

In this chapter I continue with the first section of Badiou’s introduction. Subjects discussed: philosophical beginnings, de-absolutising multiplicities, the necessity of re-absolutisation, de-mathematising Badiou’s concepts, the three hypostases of the ideology of finitude (obedience and objectivity, restriction of possibles, authority of the finite). Meillassoux, Lyotard, the infinite by weak « stretching » of the finite, the finite is always only a result.

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