Badiou and Derrida: Politics, Events and their Time by Antonio Calcagno

By Antonio Calcagno

This fascinating new publication makes an immense contribution to Continental philosophy, bringing jointly for the 1st time the the most important paintings on politics by way of giants of latest French philosophy, Jacques Derrida and Alain Badiou. Derrida has lengthy been acknowledged as the most influential and certainly debatable thinkers in modern philosophy and Badiou is quickly rising as a important determine in French proposal, in addition to in Anglo-American philosophy - his magnum opus, Being and Event</I>, and its long-awaited sequel, Logics of Worlds</I>, have proven his place as some of the most major thinkers operating in philosophy this present day. either philosophers have dedicated quite a lot of their oeuvre to politics and the query of the character of the political. right here Antonio Calcagno exhibits how the political beliefs of those significant thinkers diverge and converge, therefore delivering a entire exposition in their respective political structures. either Badiou and Derrida provide the development a principal function in structuring politics and political pondering and Calcagno advances a concept in regards to the courting among political occasions and time that may account for either political undecidability and decidability. This ebook navigates a few very fascinating advancements in Continental concept and provides a transparent and engaging account of the political theories of 2 significant modern thinkers.

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For Derrida, community is not the consummate social relation. Rather, it is one type of social relation - a relation that tends to envelop differences in a fused hotchpotch called unity, which is ultimately ontotheological. Human relations between differentiated subjects exist, but they exist in a unique way. They exist as structured through differance, possibility and impossibility. Derrida gives two prime forms of democratic sociality when he speaks of friendship and hospitality, two themes we will return to in greater detail later in the text.

The force of Derridean undecidability, however, would either seem to contradict Derrida's stand or open the possibility of an aporia. A political decision in the midst of undecidability is, for Badiou, a possibility. Derrida's thought, then, makes apparent the aporia of an intervening decision coinciding with undecidability. This will be taken up later in our treatment of Badiou. We now come to the question of why Derrida chooses democracy as opposed to any other form of political organization.

The French word for news, 'actualites\ (actualities, that is, things that happen actually today) betrays this emphasis on the present day as the living present (lebendige Gegenwart) - a present that contradicts the logic of differance. The flow that is described as temporizing may become atomic and is reduced to a series of unconnected and uncommunicative elements if we continue to think of democracy in daily terms. We think in an atomically particularized fashion without giving an account of the structures that make this same thinking (im) possible.

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