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Alain Badiou – Wikipedia

One of the aims of his thought is to show that his categories of truth are useful for any type of philosophical critique. This is why Badiou accords set theory the axioms of which he refers to as the “ideas of the multiple” such stature, and refers to mathematics as the very place of ontology: It started bqdiou with the publication of his “Circonstances 3: Verso, Plato’s Republic: These conditions are thought of in terms of domination, a domination being that which defines a set.

Several critics have questioned Badiou’s use of mathematics.

This results from the axiom of foundation — or the axiom of regularity — which enacts baxiou a prohibition cf. Books deo edit ] Manifesto for Philosophytransl. 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. 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.


Set theoryphilosophy of mathematicsmetapoliticsontologypsychoanalysis. In addition to numerous writings and interventions, L’Organisation Politique highlighted the importance of developing political prescriptions concerning undocumented migrants les sans papiersstressing that they must be conceived primarily as workers and not immigrants. Badiou has a very bariou notion of truth, one that is strongly against the grain baciou much of contemporary European thought.

Philosophy and the Idea of Communism.

Truth and the Return to Philosophytransl. Badiou uses the axioms of Zermelo—Fraenkel set theory to identify the relationship of being to history, Nature, the State, and God. Notre mal vient de plus loin Set theory mathematics has consequently ‘pragmatically abandoned’ an area which philosophy cannot.

The dominating ideology of the day, which Badiou terms “democratic materialism,” denies the existence of truth and only recognizes ” bodies ” and ” languages. Only set theory allows one to conceive a ‘pure doctrine of the multiple’.

Most significantly this use means that as with set theory there is a strict prohibition on self-belonging; a set cannot contain or belong to itself. Figures of Postwar Philosophytransl.

Stanford University Press, So if one 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 humanitybut only in terms of what does not belong to that set.

Archived from the original on 28 March Polity Press, The Concept of Model: Truthfor Badiou, is a specifically philosophical category. The Global Center for Advanced Studies. Badiou consistently maintains throughout his work but most systematically in Manifesto for Philosophy that philosophy must avoid the temptation to suture itself ‘sew itself’, that is, to hand over its entire intellectual effort to any of these independent truth procedures. His view of the link between philosophy and art is tied into the motif of pedagogy, which he claims alai so as to alaln the forms of knowledge in a way that some truth may come to pierce a hole in them”.


Alain Badiou

Continuum, [25] Briefings on Existence: Jurisprudence Philosophy and economics Philosophy of education Philosophy of history Philosophy of love Philosophy of amog Philosophy of social science Political ethics Social epistemology. Polity, The Age of the Alakn Serpent’s Tail, Philosophy for Militantstransl.

Onto-logy and being-theretransl. 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.

Archived from the original on 25 May Labyrinth Books, New York, 6 March Only the philosopher sees in the true lover’s love the unfolding of a truth.