Friday, October 21, 2011
In this Fall's The Symptom Alain Badiou proposes a new concept of existence.
As all of you know perfectly well, the fundamental problem is to distinguish on the one hand, being as such, being qua being, and, on the other hand, existence, as a category which precisely is not reducible to that of being. It is the heart of the matter. This difference between being and existence is often the result of the consideration of a special type of being. It is the case for Heidegger, with the distinction between Sein and Dasein. If we take into account the etymological framework, we can see that “existence,” which depends on Dasein, is a topological concept. It means to be here, to be in the world. And in fact, I also shall propose to determine the very general concept of “existence” by the necessity of thinking the place, or the world, of everything which is. And this place is not deducible from being as such.

But clearly for Heidegger, Da-sein, and finally, existence, is a name for human being, for historical destiny of thinking, for crucial and creative experience of the becoming of being itself. I shall propose a concept of being-here and of existence without any reference to something like consciousness, experience, or human being. I shall construct before you a pure relational concept of the slight distance between a multiplicity and the same multiplicity here, in its place, in a world.
I have not read the article carefully but plan to do so. But I saw this at the end:

"All of this indicates why we cannot agree with a philosophy of mortality and finitude."

He better have a big rabbit in his hat to be something other than a skeptic.
It is certainly acceptable to me that Badiou does not agree with Heidegger. But in order to disagree with MH, it is necessary to employ MH's conceptuality. Badiou does not understand "world" as does MH.

Does Badiou really expect that he can toss in the category of "self" without determination? Mentioning "quality" in order to arrive at "intuition" and "intensity" that then become "measures" of more or less amounts to sophistry.

For one who has met the denial of death already in many forms, Badiou's version is just one more mask. The Day of the Dead is on the horizon. Happy Halloween!
In general, I don't understand some of the vocabulary I find in articles on lacan.com, or at least I can't tease out the sense it is being used in.
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