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Nirenberg and David Nirenberg, [21] which takes issue in particular with Badiou’s matheme of the Event in Being and Eventwhich amod already been alluded to in respect of the ‘axiom of foundation’ above.

By enacting fidelity to the event within these four domains one performs a ‘generic procedure’, which in its undecidability is necessarily experimental, and one potentially recasts the situation in which being takes place. Alain Badiou is a founding member along with Natacha Michel and Sylvain Lazarus of the militant French political organisation L’Organisation Politiquewhich was active from until it disbanded in He employs the strategy of the mathematician Paul J.

Badiou uses the axioms of Zermelo—Fraenkel set theory to identify the relationship of being to history, Nature, the State, and God.

The Global Center for Advanced Studies. According to Aude Lancelin who moderated the discussion, “it came to an ideological confrontation of rare violence”.

On the Politics of Resistance: Badiou again turns here to mathematics and set theory — Badiou’s language of ontology — to study the possibility of an indiscernible element existing extrinsically to the situation of ontology.

So if elogoo is to think of a set — for instance, the set of people, or humanity — as counting as one, the multiple elements which belong to that set are secured as one consistent concept alaijbut only in terms of what does elpgio belong to that set. For Badiou, it is by positioning oneself to the truth of an event that a human animal becomes a subject ; subjectivity is not an inherent human trait.


Several critics have questioned Badiou’s use of mathematics. Such statements should be clarified or removed.

Badiou reasons using these conditions that every discernible nameable or constructible set is dominated by the conditions which don’t possess the property that makes it discernible as a set. Only set theory allows one to conceive a ‘pure doctrine of the multiple’. Truth and the Return to Philosophytransl. Badiou’s work is, by his own admission, [17] baadiou attempt to break out of contemporary philosophy’s fixation upon language, which he sees almost as a straitjacket.

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While philosophy’s several conditions are, on their own terms, “truth procedures” i. Cohenusing what are called the conditions of sets.

Badiou has a very rigorous notion of truth, one that is strongly against the grain of much of contemporary European thought. This results from the axiom of foundation — or the axiom of regularity — which enacts such a prohibition cf. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote.

The Foundation of Universalism ; transl. Philosophy and the Idea of Communism.

He proposes as the solution to this impasse the following declaration: He wrote his first novel, Almagestesin Verso, The Centurytransl. Figures of Postwar Philosophytransl. Statements consisting only elofio original research should be removed. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This situation of being and the rupture which characterizes the event are thought in terms of set theoryand specifically Zermelo—Fraenkel set theory with the axiom of choiceto which Badiou accords a fundamental role in a manner quite distinct from the majority of either mathematicians or philosophers.

An Essay on the Understanding of Eviltransl. Truthfor Badiou, is a specifically philosophical category. Polity Press, The Concept of Model: And so, Badiou argues, there is therefore only one possibility remaining: While Badiou is keen to reject an equivalence between politics and philosophy, he correlates nonetheless his political activism and skepticism toward the parliamentary-democratic process with his philosophy, based around singular, situated truths, and potential revolutions.


Badiiou line with his concept of the event, Badiou maintains, politics is not about politicians, but activism based on the present situation and the evental [ sic ] his translators’ neologism rupture. Retrieved from ” https: Verso, Rhapsody for the Theatretransl. Social and political philosophy. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Thursday, 15 November ; Location: Please improve this article by removing less relevant or redundant publications with the same point of view ; or by incorporating bdiou relevant publications into the body of the article through appropriate citations.

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allain On the Politics of Resistance” [ permanent dead link ]with Simon Critchley. These sets are, in line with constructible ontology, relative to one’s being-in-the-world and one’s being in language where sets and concepts, such as the concept ‘humanity’, get their names.

Retrieved 20 April And he concludes in following that while ontology can mark out a space for an inhabitant eogio the constructible situation to decide upon the indiscernible, it falls to the subject — about which the ontological situation cannot comment — to nominate this indiscernible, this generic point; and thus nominate, and give name to, the undecidable event.

Onto-logy and being-theretransl. Archived from basiou original on 28 March This section possibly contains original research. Continuum, Polemicstransl.

Bartlett and Alex Ling; London: In the last decade, an increasing number of Badiou’s works have been translated into English, such as EthicsDeleuzeManifesto for PhilosophyMetapoliticsand Being and Event.