Continental Philosophy Review 39 (1):59-77 (2006)
AbstractIn his magnum opus Being and Event, Alain Badiou identifies ontology with mathematics and uses a mathematical formalization of ontological discourse to generate an account of extra-ontological 'truth-events'. Informed by deconstructive critiques of the metaphysical ontologies of presence, Badiou establishes an anti-phenomenological conception of ontological presentation. Presentation's internal structure is that of an anti-phenomenon: presence's necessarily empty and insubstantial contrary. But the result is that Being and Event is riven by a fundamental methodological idealism. Badiou cannot secure the connection he wishes to establish between the formal discursive structure of mathematical ontology and extra-discursive reality. The decisive link between being and event, i.e. between Badiou's purely formal conception of ontological presentation and the extra-ontological reality of the event, is precluded by the very structure of the concept of presentation which is central to Badiou's argument.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
References found in this work
No references found.
Citations of this work
Beyond Simple Fidelity to the Event: The Limits of Alain Badiou’s Ontology.Panagiotis Sotiris - 2011 - Historical Materialism 19 (2):35-59.
A Bibliography of Work on and by Alain Badiou in English.Paul Ashton - 2006 - Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 2 (1-2):313-326.
Similar books and articles
If Not Here, Then Where? On the Location and Individuation of Events in Badiou and Deleuze.James Williams - 2009 - Deleuze and Guatarri Studies 3 (1):97-123.
The Significance of the Mathematics of Infinity for Realism: Norris on Badiou.Jamie Morgan - 2011 - Journal of Critical Realism 10 (2):243-270.
The Law of the Subject: Alain Badiou, Luitzen Brouwer and the Kripkean Analyses of Forcing and the Heyting Calculus.Zachary Fraser - 2007 - Cosmos & History 2 (1):92-133.