The PSU was particularly active in the struggle for the decolonization of Algeria. He wrote his first novel, Almagestes, in To quote Badiou himself, the UCFml is "the Maoist organization established in late by Natacha Michel , Sylvain Lazarus , myself and a fair number of young people". This organization disbanded in , according to the French Wikipedia article linked to in the previous sentence.
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Start your review of Badiou: A Subject To Truth Write a review Jul 03, Bryan added it Decent by Default: Before briefly stating my opinions on the book, let me mention that amazon reviews, capped at 1, words, do not provide an optimal forum for in-depth reviews. My review has been criticized as "non-sensical" by the other reviewer on this site who posted from New York. Within the next several days I will put up a website which contains a much longer review of this book.
Not only will I show that my claims are not non-sensical, I will also attempt to get it into the other Decent by Default: Before briefly stating my opinions on the book, let me mention that amazon reviews, capped at 1, words, do not provide an optimal forum for in-depth reviews.
The author himself, upset at the amazon review, sent me a letter, to which I will respond in depth on the aforementioned website. The attempt to contextualize Badiou fails horribly. We find out, in particular, that Badiou aligns himself with Plato, Descartes, Sartre, etc; we find out that he rejects the linguistic turn.
We find out that he is the "exact contrary" of Heidegger, but it is never explained how or why this is so. The majority of what we get by way of argument-reproduction is the trite phraseology that Badiou cares for strong subjectivity, clarity, universalism, etc. But why? And how does he defeat the linguistic turn?
Why is thought before being? The author fails at points to keep "pure being" and "what can be said of being" distinct; at one page he will call mathematics "true thought", and at another time he will say that it is valueless--it is the event which is true thought.
We do not get a clear sense what the precise connection between mathematics and reality is for Badiou: at one point Hallward says that, for Badiou, mathematics as articulating Being implies that it is "prior to" the distinction between the actual and the potential; while at other moments he attempts to understand Badiou as a partial realist and partial formalist these terms, or at least realism, presuppose the strong divide between reality and mathematics which Badiou seeks to overcome.
But the book makes the reader work too hard to thread something coherent from the mess that is presented. It is only through attentive reading that these gaps and contradictions come out.
A cursory reading will leave one very satisfied. But if you want to understand Badiou deeply, this book reads roughly. Unfortunately, there are few other books on the market which cover the range of Badiou that Hallward does.
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