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Doubles or nothing : the problem of binding truth to being in the work of Alain Badiou

Clemens, Justin 2005, Doubles or nothing : the problem of binding truth to being in the work of Alain Badiou, Filozofski vestnik, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 97-111.

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Title Doubles or nothing : the problem of binding truth to being in the work of Alain Badiou
Author(s) Clemens, Justin
Journal name Filozofski vestnik
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 97
End page 111
Publisher Zalozba Z R C
Place of publication Ljubljana, Slovenia
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0353-4510
Summary In this article, I discuss how things go with the "Nothing" in the work of Alain Badiou, a topic which is evidently central to his thought, and which has received a great deal of attention in the commentary to date. As this problem is inaccessible outside of Badiou’s deployment of mathematics, I will suggest how accounts of Badiou’s work remain flawed insofar as they evade his mathematical demonstrations, and I attempt to clarify how mathematics operates in his system. I then examine the consequences that such a use of mathematics has for Badiou’s doctrine of the nothing. I conclude with a discussion of some of the difficulties that the nothing continues to pose to Badiou, which have not (yet) been satisfactorily resolved. These difficulties devolve from the problematic of the incessantly doubling void.
Language eng
Field of Research 220309 Metaphysics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003262

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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