By Francois Laruelle

ISBN-10: 1441195742

ISBN-13: 9781441195746

This compelling and hugely unique booklet represents a disagreement among of the main radical thinkers at paintings in France at the present time: Alain Badiou and the writer, François Laruelle.

At face price, the 2 have a lot in universal: either espouse a place of absolute immanence; either argue that philosophy is conditioned through technology; and either command a pluralism of concept. Anti-Badiou relates the parallel tales of Badiou's Maoist 'ontology of the void' and Laruelle's personal performative perform of 'non-philosophy' and explains why the 2 are actually greatly various. Badiou's complete undertaking goals to re-educate philosophy via one technology: arithmetic. Laruelle rigorously examines Badiou's Being and Event and exhibits how Badiou has created a brand new aristocracy that crowns his personal philosophy because the grasp of a whole theoretical universe. In flip, Laruelle explains the distinction together with his personal non-philosophy as a real democracy of notion that breaks philosophy's continuous enthrall with arithmetic and as a substitute opens up a myriad of 'non-standard' areas the place pondering are available and practised.

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On the one hand, in what way does the fidelity to ontology necessitate a new ontology, a Platonico-modern ontology; and on the other, how to deliver thought from ontico-ontological primacy, and more generally from aIl philosophical sufficiency, by elaborating a new thought adequate to a generic experience of the One-in-One-an experiment foreclosed to philosophy, but formulated using its symbols. In any case, this antinomy, although real, must be nuanced and differentiated. Must we recall the trivial fact that, by definition, philosophers are not necessarily speaking about quite the same things when they use the same words?

In any case, this antinomy, although real, must be nuanced and differentiated. Must we recall the trivial fact that, by definition, philosophers are not necessarily speaking about quite the same things when they use the same words? And that it cannot therefore be a question of fabricating a simplistic opposition that takes these two ways of thinking "to the letter" without a Anti-Badiou 4 minimum of textual hermeneutics, as is always necessary when it is a matter of the historical emergence of doctrines?

A brie! synoptic parallel 9 But whereas the Multiple and the void are primary, the Particulate is secondary and is posited in-One, or under condition of the One-in-One. OV proposes a concept of the Multiple of multiples that is numerical and th en quantitative. Its empirical origin is the set, but the empty set, which "represses" or "prohibits" the set -form and thus conserves it, probably "truncated" or barred, in the immanence of the pure Multiple. NP manifests a Multiple that is not pure or absolute, but radical, or conditioned by algebra (the imaginary or complex number), without denying the set-form or the repressed unity (whose absence or presence is not the problem here).

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