Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

  The fundamental problem in philosophy today, for Alain Badiou, is the creation of a new logic “or more precisely, a new dialectics” (1). It is this new logic that precedes any considerations regarding “politics, life, creation, or action” (1). For Badiou, the two main problems that Marx dealt with (revolutionary politics and a new … Continue reading Notes on Badiou’s ‘Affirmative Dialectics’

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No Dialogue Is Possible: Badiou, Vergès, and the Question of Rupture

(This post is a continuation of some previous thoughts on Badiou's essay 'The Three Negations,' which can be found here) Perhaps one of Alain Badiou's strongest allies in his articulation of the Event is an anachronistic one. Jacques Vergès, French-Vietnamese lawyer, was made famous by his defense of Djamila Bouhired, Algerian nationalist and fighter in the National … Continue reading No Dialogue Is Possible: Badiou, Vergès, and the Question of Rupture

Policing The Simulacra: Between Events and Non-Events

"There is a sort of univocity of being, but an equivocity of existence." – Alain Badiou, 'The Three Negations' In a lecture delivered at the Cardozo Law School in New York City in 2008, Alain Badiou recapitulated his understanding of Being, Event, and Simulacrum in relationship to Logic and Law. With an incredible power of … Continue reading Policing The Simulacra: Between Events and Non-Events