The Badiou Dictionary by Steven Corcoran

By Steven Corcoran

The first dictionary devoted to Badiou's paintings, bringing jointly over 35 prime students within the field

From Antiphilosophy to Worlds and from Beckett to Wittgenstein, over ninety entries during this dictionary supply specific factors and engagements together with his key techniques and a few of his significant interlocutors. in addition they mirror the an important divergences in Badiou scholarship in a effective and enlightening way.

Alain Badiou's philosophical venture is a real procedure within the conventional feel. It profoundly shakes up the sector of notion in addition to delivering clean insights into modern occasions. His options have gotten quintessential instruments in quite a few fields, from philosophy to anthropology, together with artwork, politics and theatre.

Contributers include: Alenka Zupancic, Christopher Norris, Justin Clemens, Nina energy, Bruno Besana and Frank Ruda

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For every arrow (f) there are a domain (a) and a codomain (b). For two maps such as we saw in the above where f: a ~ band g: b ~ c, we can express a composite map with an arrow h such that h= go f and g f and so h: a ~ c. The notions of objects, arrows and map composition are aIl axiomatic features of category theory. Another axiomatic aspect is the notion of an identity map. This is not simply the idea that every object is itself, but that there is an arrow (Ida: a ~ a) that takes each object to itself.

A~ k 0 (9 0 f)=(k 0 f) 0 f ________________________~Md kog ~--------------------------~ c 9 Figure 2 Redrawn [rom Mac Lane, Categories for the Working Mathetnatician. CATEGORY THEORY 45 We see, as with the elementary example, how working with categories can be understood as 'arrow' chasing. This pragmatic aspect of the theory is no small feature. Indeed, as Badiou himself mentions, with categories, the arrows - that is, morphisms - are central and the notion of objects are secondary (TG 147). We can see clearly in the above why this is so.

In short, what Badiou shows is that the remaining idealism in Heidegger's thought can be redressed by submitting his excessive passion for a discourse that would be beyond the ontic level to a resolutely lawful field. At issue is not to know whether we - finally! - reach the ontological, beyond the ontic; nor when and under which conditions. The point is to unfold a sort of field that goes from apparent or phenomenal unit y to ontico-ontological multiplicities, which themselves have only the BODY 27 void as their ultimate horizon.

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