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Translation: Alain Badiou and the Concept of the Model: Introduction to a Materialist Epistemology of Mathematics

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abstraction / badiou / Carnap / Dialectical Materialism / epistemology / French Translation / ideology / marxism / mathematics / meta-theory / model / philosophy of science / Quine / Untranslated Theory

The following is the first three sections of Alain Badiou’s first theoretical book Le Concept de modèle: introduction à une épistémologie matérialiste des mathématiques. Paris: Maspero, 1968. p. 7-17 and is an original translation by Taylor Adkins [10/17/07]. Editor’s Advertisement: The beginning of this text continues a talk given on April 29, 1968 by Alain Badiou within the framework of the “Course of philosophy for scientists” given to the National university. This continuation should have […]

Reconstructing Reality

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capitalism / geometry / God / ideology / power / revolution / simulation / state / subversion / technology / unconscious / war

Just as total war renders ethics derisory, consumer society annihiliates the horizons of authentic experience. God, the State, Father: abysses for the erasure of thought, until the only idea of which we are capable is a permitted one. The unconscious is a battlezone of images, brands, consumption algorithms. Ideology is repetition, a recording surface for lies which grows deeper and more complex with each iteration; the con, however, is always the same: alone we are […]

Socioeconomics and Ideology

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capitalism / exploitation / ideology / Marx / society / surplus value

At first glance, the two spheres of human existence seem hardly even to touch one another. The socioeconomic situation in a given society already seems so material, so concrete, that the lofty abstractions and vainglorious rationalizations of political ideology seem almost as excrement of the functioning of the political economy, culture as mass-produced fractured residue of the production process, as a consumptive afterthought, called in only to justify, explain, speculate about or apologize for the […]