Subject and Appearance: On Alain Badiou’s Theory of the Subject and Logics of Worlds
Event held at Bolivar Hall Friday 20th November 2009
Speakers: Bruno Bosteels & Kristin Ross (Theory of the Subject) Alberto Toscano & Ali Alizadeh (Logics of Worlds)
Chair: Peter Hallward, Peter Osborne
Introduction (Peter Hallward): Badiou’s philosophy concerns changing the logic of the world, topologically constituted by the space of placements or l’esplace in Badiouan terminology, ‘not in order to change the bourgeoisie, but to change the bourgeois world’. Therefore he is concerned with the political project of the proletariat. There are two dominant structures to his thought:
i. The Logic of Place (splace), which is a logic of historical topology.
ii. History as aspect of the dialectic, in which history takes secondary status to politics.
The theory of a militant subject is not a science of history, in which…
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