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22/10/07

singularities

Filed under: culture, philosophy — sdv @ 09:09:20 pm

A singularity is a unique point, a point is a concept used to define an exact location in space. It has no volume, area or length, making it a zero dimensional object. A singularity is thus both a unique point but also a point of perpetual return, recommencement and variation.

A reminder…

14/10/07

the strange tendency towards faith

Filed under: culture, philosophy — sdv @ 10:46:45 pm

One of the strangest aspects of Badious work is the sheer number of strange faith based assumptions that fill the edges of his work, the prologue section in Briefings on Existance (BOE) is a good example in that it starts with what is an obvious category error - “…there is a complete difference between the theoretical formula ‘god does not exist’ and the historical or factual statement ‘god is dead’. The former is akin to a theorem asserting no rational number exists such that it can create a relation between the side of a square and its diagonal. What’s more it presupposes that god is a concept whose meaning is reactivated by its unceasingly demonstratable theorem of non-existence….”

The text which contains the claim that the author is an atheist deserves a closer reading than I’m interested in giving it here, reads nostalgically (memories of Diane’s proposition of post-modernity as nostalgic spring to mind). The regret for the death of faith, along with the deaths of man and god haunt the text. For it is clear that there are alternative readings of the statement ‘god does not exist’ that are unaddressed in the text, for example better by far to understand the statement as being equivalent to ‘the world is not flat’, the consequence of this is not that ‘god is finished’ and ‘religion is finished’ nor that it used ‘to give meaning to life’ - but that we were simply wrong that ‘god’ is then merely equivalent to the flat earth, or related strange beliefs that a human being is more evolved than ‘violet the cat’. The odd thing is that none of these conclusions is necessarily correct and a more rationale argument could quite simply be constructed and that the conclusion to draw about the BOE text is that what it appears to demonstrate is a tendency towards faith. It confirms the suggestion made to me recently that the important thing about the St Paul text is not the argument about St Paul as an antiphilosopher of universalism, but rather the unnecessary relation to religion and god implicit in the use of Paul . The same sort of comments could be made about Zizek’s equally foolish relations to christianity, god , derived I rather suspect from his infantile stalinism. Zizeks references to christianity are interesting, perhaps because of the extent to which Badiou was initially mediated by Zizek (Ethics was published by Zizek in the Wo es War series, and was in many ways the breakthrough text for Badiou).

I rather think that whilst we can read Badiou without Zizek, we would also have to accept that we should also read Zizek without Badiou. However I’d rather not have to discard the lovely critique of “So is not love Badiou’s asiatic mode of production - the caregory into which he throws all truth procedures which do not fit the other three modes ?” (Ticklish Subject)

But still what strange philosophers they are to be so haunted by faith,

humm

steve

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