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Alain Badiou is without doubt one of the world’s so much influential residing philosophers. Few modern thinkers exhibit his breadth of argument and reference or his skill to intrude in debates severe to either analytic and continental philosophy. Alain Badiou: Key techniques provides an outline of and advent to the entire diversity of Badiou’s pondering. participants concentrate on the rules of Badiou’s inspiration, his “key concepts” – fact, being, ontology, the topic, and prerequisites – and on his engagement with various thinkers primary to his philosophy, together with Plato, Spinoza, Heidegger, and Deleuze. scholars new to Badiou will locate this paintings, written through the major students within the box, obtainable and complete, whereas readers already accustomed to Badiou will locate exact, concentrated, and cutting edge discussions of Badiou’s key subject matters, suggestions, and engagements.

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In short, the solution is to create not just a scene of philosophy – already present in Theory of the Subject – but an entire theatre of philosophy: a tragic theatre in so far as the unfolding of conflictual action, or polemic, continually separates subjects, and a comic theatre in so far as there are grotesque figures to unmask, the sophist, the antiphilosopher, the reactionary subject, the obscure subject, and ideologies to debunk. A theatre and not only a scene in so far as the doctrine of conditions generates more than one scene and more than one set of characters.

The subject is therefore not a res extensa, an object of a situation. But it cannot also be identified with the res cogitans: if Badiou somehow identifies the subject with a position (the “empty” position from which one thinks), at the same time he refuses to define it, along with Descartes, as a substance. A subject, in other words, is not a “given”, a datum, that exists independently of the material contingencies of the situation, but is an operation that might or might not appear, an operation the existence of which is not necessarily embedded in the simple existence of a human being.

As we find out fifteen years later in Badiou’s Deleuze, the book Theory of the Subject surfaced alone: “In 1982 I published a transitional philosophical book … Deleuze sent me a favourable note which was very touching given the public solitude in which I found myself … the silence, the absolute disdain for what I was trying to do in philosophy” (D 9). To inhabit philosophy Badiou tears it down – it is a desert – and then rebuilds it, but in his new house he still finds himself alone (with some friends).

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