Jacques Derrida and Alain Badiou: Is there a relation between politics and time?

Philosophy and Social Criticism 30 (7):799-815 (2004)
This paper argues that though Derrida is correct to bring to the fore the undecidability that is contained in his political notion of the democracy to come, his account does not extend the aporia of undecidable politics far enough. Derrida himself makes evident this gap. Though politics may be structured with undecidability, there are times when direct, decisive and definitive political interventions are required. In his campaign against capital punishment, the blitzing campaigns in Bosnia and Iraq, and in his call for les villes-refuges, Derrida makes decisive appeals which somehow seem to contradict the undecidability he sees as arch-structuring. Alain Badiou’s thinking about time as a subjective, decisive intervention executed within his ontological framework of undecidability and multiplicity can serve to extend the aporia of undecidability inherent in politics, ultimately giving an account for both the undecidability that structures politics and the decisive timely interventions that would seem to contradict Derridean undecidability
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0191453704047009
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,370
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Thinking the Break: Rancière, Badiou, and the Return of a Politics of Resistance.Todd May - 2009 - Comparative and Continental Philosophy 1 (2):253-268.
For Derrida.J. Hillis Miller - 2009 - Fordham University Press.
Unity and Undecidability.Stuart Dalton - 1998 - Philosophy in the Contemporary World 5 (4):25-32.
Should Democracy Come? : Ethics and Politics in Derrida.Jacques Ranciåre - 2009 - In Pheng Cheah & Suzanne Guerlac (eds.), Derrida and the Time of the Political. Duke University Press.
Alain Badiou: The Event of Becoming a Political Subject.Antonio Calcagno - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (9):1051-1070.
Historical Undecidability: The Kantian Background to Derrida's Politics.Alison Ross - 2004 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 12 (4):375 – 393.
Decision, Hegemony and Law: Derrida and Laclau.E. E. Berns - 1996 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 22 (4):71-80.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
27 ( #194,631 of 2,193,782 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #290,980 of 2,193,782 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature