By François Laruelle
This compelling and hugely unique ebook represents a disagreement among of the main radical thinkers at paintings in France this day: Alain Badiou and the writer, François Laruelle.
At face worth, 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 in truth greatly diverse. Badiou's complete venture goals to re-educate philosophy via one technology: arithmetic. Laruelle rigorously examines Badiou's Being and occasion and indicates how Badiou has created a brand new aristocracy that crowns his personal philosophy because the grasp of a complete theoretical universe. In flip, Laruelle explains the distinction together with his personal non-philosophy as a real democracy of suggestion that breaks philosophy's continuous enthrall with arithmetic and as an alternative opens up a myriad of 'non-standard' locations the place pondering are available and practised.
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With this tabula rasa of the ontology of the void, he helps us involuntarily to find "ourselves» and to support ourselves upon sorne other force that is no longer that of a weapon; a force that we are without knowing it, but which needed to be recognized. Perhaps he leaves us something like an "energy of despair» to fly or seek a problematic emergency exit, a sort of prior-to-first passivity. Since he makes of aIl the means-science, art, love, politics-an affair of force, placing them in the service of the militant Idea of philosophy, we also are condemned to consider that he has nothing but means; that the finest ends upon which history prides itself must re-enter into the rank of means.
This outer shell he conserves like a wineskin, and he drinks this philosophieal cup to the dregs of the Idea. An authoritarian militant, nostalgie "for our times" but not at all our contemporary, he cornes decidedly from afar, he is in spirit entirely outside our times. 1 do not define the contemporary by way of any finality whatsoever, any teleology found and repeated, even a "modern" one. Badiou is "finalized-modern"; he revives the prescriptions of a certain teleology, whieh we shaH reveal to be circular and transcendent.
He has been able to make coincide, in his own way, philosophy's point of greatest exaltation and its point of maximum extenuation-a kind of auto-contradiction of its essence. Examining insistently philosophical Decisions excesses of sufficiency, in the past and to the present day, we never imagined we would find ourselves Introduction xxxix one day faced with a new Master of this decision, and what we consider his inhumanity-faced with a pure philosophical reaction on a grand sc ale, and aiming to save this thought with one last conceptual explosion, a greater than ever fire ...