By Piero, Michael J. Kelly
The works of French thinker Alain Badiou diversity from novels, poems, “romanopéras” and renowned political treatises to difficult philosophical arguments attractive with mathematical concept. all through all of his writings, there's a staunch dedication to emancipatory politics and radical switch via constancy to what he calls the “event” and its “truth”. Badiou’s well-known, or notorious, philosophy of emancipation is trustworthy to the communist fact, the common concept of a collective lifestyles, yet he additionally claims that “philosophy is usually a biography of the philosopher”. Introducing Alain Badiou is an elegantly written and crisply illustrated advisor to a vital modern philosopher.
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Deleuze insists that no differences i n kind or nature can be located except i n duration. Duration is both the 'totality' and the 'multiplicity' of such differences. The difference of kind is not between duration and space, but solely within duration, simply because space is held to be a quantitative homogeneity. To illuminate the difference of kind involved in duration, and to show how there comes into being specific kinds of duration, including superior ones. we can give the banal example, chosen by Bergson and also treated by Deleuze, of a lump of sugar.
The real is both that which i s cut out (se decoupe) according to natural articulations and differences of kind (lIld, at the same time, that which intersects again (se recoupe) along paths that converge toward a virtual point. I t is the virtual which allows for divergence and convergence. The virtual stipulates the dynamic and inventive conditions of possibility of evolution as a creative process, as the open system par excellence. We shall attempt to determine the character of this virtual in some detail shortly.
The circumstances may still be the same, but they will act no longer on the same person, since they find him at a new moment of his history' (Bergson 1962:5; 1983:5). Even if states can be repeated and assume the character of being identical, this is merely an appearance, so we cannot live over and over again a single moment. The future, which is implicated in the past's becoming, is both irreversible and unforeseeable. Bergson speaks here of agents but his analysis can readily be extended to systems.