Artículos con la etiqueta ‘Alain Badiou’

Un tiempo de revueltas (lectura de Alain Badiou)

Por • 22 sep, 2013 • Category: Opinion

Badiou es muy crítico en general con la izquierda (también la alternativa) que sigue pensando con el cerebro de la secuencia anterior: “traducir” al plano institucional las demandas sociales, cuando los movimientos no se reducen a pedir cosas, sino que son también instancias creadoras de nueva realidad (nuevos valores, nuevas relaciones sociales, nueva humanidad); poner en el centro de toda actividad las elecciones, cuando el procedimiento electoral convierte en número, inercia y separación lo que en la calle se expresa como voluntad colectiva y transformadora (con las enormes decepciones consiguientes: después de Mayo del 68, De Gaulle; después de Plaza Tahrir, los Hermanos Musulmanes); proponer formas delegativas de la política que nos prometen cambiar el mundo sin tener que cambiar un ápice nosotros.



Alain Badiou’s Mistake — Two Postulates of Dialectic Materialism

Por • 8 ene, 2013 • Category: Filosofía

To accompany recent openings in category theory and philosophy, I discuss how Alain Badiou attempts to rephrase his dialectic philosophy in topos-theoretic terms. Topos theory bridges the problems emerging in set-theoretic language by a categorical approach that reinscribes set-theoretic language in a categorical framework. Badiou’s own topos-theoretic formalism, however, turns out to be confined only to a limited, set-theoretically bounded branch of locales. This results with his reduced mathematical understanding of the ‘postulate of materialism’ constitutive to his account. Badiou falsely assumes this postulate to be singular whereas topos theory reveals its two-sided nature whose synthesis emerges only as a result of a (quasi-)split structure of truth. Badiou thus struggles with his own mathematical argument. I accomplish a correct version of his proof the sets defined over such a ‘transcendental algebra’ T form a (local) topos. Finally, I discuss the philosophical implications Badiou’s mathematical inadequacies entail.



Between the Individual, the Relative and the Void: Thinking the ‘Event’ in Badiou, Deleuze and Whitehead

Por • 3 nov, 2012 • Category: Filosofía

A few readers have pointed out the remarkable convergence, overlaps and tensions between the thought of Badiou and Deleuze and between Deleuze and Whitehead. In the former case Badiou himself points out these overlaps and tensions and, in the latter, Deleuze points out the convergences and overlaps. Rarely, if at all, have all three together been studied. Yet, one central concept around which their thought coalesces is the‘event’. This is perhaps not surprising since the event is an important concept in 20th century philosophy (in both analytic and continental traditions) as well as numerous other disciplines in the humanities and the sciences.



Two Paths to Infinite Thought: Alain Badiou and Jacques Derrida on the Question of the Whole

Por • 25 jul, 2012 • Category: Filosofía

This essay defends an idea that is no longer fashionable: that there is a whole. The motivation for a defense of this notion has nothing to do with intellectual conservatism or a penchant for Hegel. Rather, what we hope to establish is a second path into what Alain Badiou has called the ‘Cantorian Revolution’. In order to open this path we undertake a three-fold task. First, we deconstruct Badiou’s onto-logical project by isolating the suppressed significance of Ernst Zermelo. This point allows us to recover a Cantorian possibility for addressing the infinite as an inconsistent whole. Second, we turn to work by the logician Graham Priest in order to remove the absurdity of discussing true contradictions. Finally, we return to Jacques Derrida’s early work on Husserl in order to chart a phenomenological path to an affirmation of an inconsistent whole. We close, then, with the implications for contemporary philosophy.



A propósito de los disturbios en general y los de Túnez en particular

Por • 13 feb, 2011 • Category: Portada

Estado a un cambio político (la posibilidad de que se hunda), pero los disturbios no constituyen ese cambio: lo que sucederá en el Estado no está previsto antes de los disturbios. Es la diferencia principal con una revolución que propone, en sí misma, una alternativa.