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Anti-Badiou The Introduction of Maoism into Philosophy,9781441195746

Anti-Badiou The Introduction of Maoism into Philosophy

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Edition: Reprint
Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2/28/2013
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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This compelling and highly original book represents a confrontation between two of the most radical thinkers at work in France today: Alain Badiou and the author, François Laruelle.

At face value, the two have much in common: both espouse a position of absolute immanence; both argue that philosophy is conditioned by science; and both command a pluralism of thought. Anti-Badiou relates the parallel stories of Badiou's Maoist 'ontology of the void' and Laruelle's own performative practice of 'non-philosophy' and explains why the two are in fact radically different. Badiou's entire project aims to re-educate philosophy through one science: mathematics. Laruelle carefully examines Badiou's Being and Event and shows how Badiou has created a new aristocracy that crowns his own philosophy as the master of an entire theoretical universe. In turn, Laruelle explains the contrast with his own non-philosophy as a true democracy of thought that breaks philosophy's continual enthrall with mathematics and instead opens up a myriad of 'non-standard' places where thinking can be found and practised.

Author Biography

Robin Mackay is a philosopher and director of the UK arts organisation Urbanomic. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in Fine Art at the University of Kent, UK.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Re-education of Philosophy by Mathematics: Purification and Terror \ Introduction \ 1. A Short Synoptic Parallel \ 2. Modern Party Positions in Philosophy \ 3. The Old and New Relationship Between Science and Philosophy \ 4. Matrices and Principles \ 5. Subtraction and Superposition \ 6. Philosophy and Mathematics in the Mirror \ 7. Ontology and Materiality \ 8. Philo-Fiction \ Notes \ Index

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