By A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens

Alain Badiou is the world's so much influential dwelling thinker. Few modern thinkers exhibit his breadth of argument and reference, or his skill to interfere in debates serious to either analytic and continental philosophy. "Alain Badiou: Key recommendations" provides an summary of and advent to the complete variety of Badiou's pondering. Essays specialise in the principles of Badiou's inspiration, his 'key thoughts' - fact, being, ontology, the topic, and prerequisites - and on his engagement with a variety of thinkers crucial to his philosophy, together with Plato, Descartes, Spinoza, Heidegger and Deleuze. scholars new to Badiou will locate this paintings, written by means of the major students within the box, available and accomplished, whereas readers already accustomed to Badiou will locate targeted, centred and cutting edge discussions of Badiou's key topics, strategies and engagements.

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But abiding interests are not necessarily evidence of real continuity. The rupture in Badiou's work between Theory of the Subject and Being and Event may be considered a move from assuming philosophy's actuality to reconsidering philosophy's possibility. In doing so, Badiou comes to recognize that "philosophy" is not a synonym for "thought" in general, nor is it the essence or paradigm of thought, nor is it what gives firm grounds to knowledge, nor is it even what interrogates thinking as such.

2006:413). What is crucial for Lacan is that psychoanalysis is a discipline caught between literariness and mathematization. 6 For Lacan, psychoanalysis comes into being only because there is something in the world that demands a hearing, and because as yet there is nothing adequate to hearing that demand. That demand is the hysterical symptom. It is only in response to what Lacan will call "the golden tonsils" of hysterical women that Freud develops psychoanalysis at all. Such "formations of the unconscious" are ever-shifting presentations, irresolvable by any form of dialectics.

Yet Badiou's apparatus, despite its materialist insistence on scissiparity, is sustained, paradoxically enough, by an operation that indiscriminates its objects. Badiou implicitly maintains three key positions in this book that will later appear to him the pernicious symptoms of a historically well-determined suture (of which more below). 4 The Hegelian dialectic is key here, for it underwrites the Marxist revolutionary tradition to which Badiou adheres. Left Hegelianism, 26 THE CONDITIONS moreover, often impels its adherents towards the following positions: a submission of mathematical thought to the logic of contradiction (and, with it, a privileging of temporal dynamism over abstract stasis); the thoroughgoing politicization of contradiction itself (which founds, within the temporal becoming of the concept, the specificity of revolutionary elements); and the concomitant ambiguity of an absolute injunction to theorize that is nonetheless normed according to the claims of an extra-theoretical real (the imperative to effectuate the communist eschaton).

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