Monday, June 07, 2010

The Notes Taken on the reception of his paper on Badiou and Heidegger.
The most important problem, I think, is that if a decision is the basis of ontological procedure, then ontology itself is a strategic discourse, and is not 'first philosophy.' I think the very problem is the idea of first philosophy itself; that rather than fetishizing the 'proper' beginning as securing philosophical discourse, we need to return a method of thinking totality in media res (which is why I'm not doing something like Derrida; in addition, this is going to have something to say about political economy...), without collapsing the distinction between philosophy and politics.
This strikes me as similar to Zizek's point: who cares about the ontological difference if it doesn't make a political difference?
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