Beckett and Badiou : the pathos of intermittency by Badiou, Alain; Beckett, Samuel; Gibson, Andrew

By Badiou, Alain; Beckett, Samuel; Gibson, Andrew

The prime modern French thinker Alain Badiou has been a lifelong devotee of Beckett's paintings. This ground-breaking examine presents a whole creation to and critique of Badiou's philosophy, politics, ethics and aesthetics, and his interpretation of the Irish author, as a foundation for an enormous new examining of the Beckett corpus. - ;Beckett and Badiou bargains a provocative new examining of Samuel Beckett's paintings on Read more...

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The major modern French thinker Alain Badiou has been a lifelong devotee of Beckett's paintings. This ground-breaking learn offers a whole advent to and critique of Badiou's philosophy, Read more...

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Beckett’s work can occasionally be specifically analysed in set-theoretical terms. ¹²⁵ But he tends rather to proceed through literary approximations to or analogies with mathematical thought, if in a medium, language, that, for mathematicians, is too inexact, ambiguous, and lacking in well-defined rules to be acceptable. ¹²⁷ It is an expression of the irony of supposedly finite forms, sufficient descriptions, and exhaustive enumerations in an actually infinite universe. It is not hard to extend this idea to cover other parts of Beckett’s work.

Chˆatelet’s book is translated as Figuring Space: Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics, tr. Robert Shore and Muriel Zagha (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1993). ⁵⁷ To conceive of infinity as a temporal or spatial question is to ignore the fact that neither time nor space ‘comes first’. For both presuppose an independent concept of continuity. Time and space are constructed with the help of a continuum conceptually fashioned and already available. We should rather use a mathematical theory of the continuum to clarify our concepts of time and space.

Philosophy, 11–25, p. 23, p. 25 n. 20. On the ‘precise point’ he specifies, Hallward is exactly right to oppose Badiou to Agamben. His argument is obviously relevant to my own, particularly in my Conclusion. Introduction 19 cannot be immune to a pathos of its own. ⁶⁴ According to Badiou’s Ethics, the ordinary situation ‘of the human animal’ is determined by self-interest on the one hand and opinion on the other (ES, 46). Its behaviour ‘is a matter of what Spinoza calls ‘‘perseverance in being’’, which is nothing other than the pursuit of interest, or the conservation of self.

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