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Being and Event: Meditation 23 on Fidelity

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badiou / being and event / fidelity / subject / unassignability

I call fidelity the set of procedures which discern, within a situation, those multiples whose existence depends upon the introduction into circulation (under the supernumerary name conferred by an intervention) of an evental multiple. In sum, a fidelity is the apparatus which separates out, within the set of presented multiples, those which depend upon an event. To be faithful is to gather together and distinguish the becoming legal of a chance The word ‘fidelity’ refers […]

Logic of Sense: Series 25

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being and event / counter-actualization / Deleuze / disjunctive synthesis / extra-being / Logic of Sense / Monads / univocty

Of course, with Series 25, one could, along with Badiou, single out the title as the concept that needs to be unpacked, especially since univocity has a particularly Deleuzian ring to it. But the term—and Deleuze starts using it around p. 150 in the text—that most interests me in this series is counter-actualization. On the one hand, we can remember the play of the virtual/actual couple that Badiou finds so fun to dismantle. On the […]

Badiou / Lacan / Descartes

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badiou / being and event / cogito / descartes / lacan / ontology / psychoanalysis / truth

In the last chapter of Being and Event, Alain Badiou investigates Lacan’s relation to (what Badiou perceives as) his contiguity with the history of thought since Descartes. Badiou confronts Lacan with his overemphasis on the solidarity of the subject and her speech. In order to show this, Badiou highlights Lacan’s assertion of the subject’s ex-centered dependency with regard to language. After all, isn’t this already the Cartesian gesture embodied by the cogito? For example, when […]