Radical Philosophy Review 22 (1):59-84 (2019)

Nathan Eckstrand
Fort Hays State University
This article examines Alain Badiou’s and Slavoj Žižek’s advocacy for fidelity to revolutionary truths in light of complex system theory’s understanding of resiliency. It begins with a discussion of how Badiou and Žižek describe truth. Next, it looks at the features that make a complex system resilient. The article argues that if we understand neoliberalism as a resilient system, then the fidelity to revolutionary truths that Badiou and Žižek advocate is not enough, for it doesn’t realize how truths come from the system as a whole. The article concludes by describing how this viewpoint alters discussions of political change.
Keywords Alain Badiou  Slavoj Žižek  Revolution  Marxism  Social and Political Philosophy  Complex Systems Theory
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ISBN(s) 1388-4441
DOI 10.5840/radphilrev2018122792
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