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

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by J Clemens
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.

History

Journal

Filozofski vestnik

Volume

26

Issue

2

Pagination

97 - 111

Publisher

Zalozba Z R C

Location

Ljubljana, Slovenia

ISSN

0353-4510

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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