Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

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Articles from Vol. 2, No. 1-2, January-July

A Bibliography of Work on and by Alain Badiou in English
This bibliography presents a complete list of the work on and by Badiou currently available (as of 1/10/2006) in English. The bibliography separates the works by Badiou (further broken into the sub-sections: Books, Collections of Essays, and Essays...
An Explosive Genealogy: Theatre, Philosophy and the Art of Presentation
ABSTRACT: Not only in its conceptual reconstruction but also in the straightforward application of Badiou's thought its problems and tensions coine to light. This paper thus sets out to identify a generic truth procedure in the domain of art; specifically...
Can Cinema Be Thought?: Alain Badiou and the Artistic Condition
ABSTRACT: Alain Badiou's philosophy is generally understood to be a fundamentally mathematical enterprise, his principle categories of being, appearing, and truth being themselves thought only though specific scientific events. However the event itself...
Conditional Notes on a New Republic
ABSTRACT: We attempt to discern what Badiou's philosophical system provides for thinking of education in a form which separates it from its contemporary representation in the state. These notes oppose to this state form Badiou's declaration that 'the...
Count-as-One, Forming-into-One, Unary Trait, S1
ABSTRACT: While a significant amount of research has recently been carried out that investigates the similarities and differences between Alain Badiou and jacques Lacan's theories of the subject, less attention has been paid to the direct relationship...
Giving Form to Its Own Existence: Anxiety and the Subject of Truth
For anyone willing to accept the two primary theses of Being and Event--that mathematics is ontology, and that there is an inconsistency that cannot be exhausted by presentation--a number of questions immediately follow. To accept that mathematics...
Had We but Worlds Enough, and Time, This Absolute, Philosopher
ABSTRACT: in Logiques des mondes, Alain Badiou has produced a sequel to his magnum opus Being and Event. Whereas Being and Event primarily restricted itself to the relationship between ontology and the event, mathematics and poetry, the new book seriously...
Introduction to Sam Gillespie
Sam Gillespie, as Joan Copjec wrote in her moving tribute to him in Umbr(a) (2004), was 'one of the most gifted and promising philosophers of his generation' and this judgment has only become more pronounced with the posthumous appearance of various...
Masters & Disciples: Institution, Philosophy, Praxis
'Discipline, comme to saignes!' --Rene Char 'Consequently, a true master [Meister] is at bottom only he who can provoke the other to transform himself through his act'. --Slavoj Zizek I. THE SITUATION Our call for submissions to this issue...
Ontology and Appearing: Documentary Realism as a Mathematical Thought
ABSTRACT: This paper exposes the relation between the different mathematical orientations, on the one hand, and the modes of documentary film on the other. When we take, with Badiou, mathematics as ontology, and mathematical orientations as orientations...
Philosophy and Revolution: Badiou's Infidelity to the Event
ABSTRACT: Our aim in this paper is to give reasons for thinking that Badiou's philosophy is not prepared to follow through all the consequences of the historical retreat of the political event. We want to suggest that it is important to come to terms...
The Bourgeois and the Islamist, or, the Other Subjects of Politics
ABSTRACT: There is much theoretical work already underway on the many facets of Badiou's theory of political subjectivation. However, little attention has been directed hitherto to those figures of the subject which cannot be easily identifiable with...
The Law of the Subject: Alain Badiou, Luitzen Brouwer and the Kripkean Analyses of Forcing and the Heyting Calculus
ABSTRACT: One of the central tasks of Badiou's Being and Event is to elaborate a theory of the subject in the wake of an axiomatic identification of ontology with mathematics, or, to be precise, with classical Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory. The subject,...
The Limits of the Subject in Badiou's Being and Event
ABSTRACT: This essay is an examination of the limits of the model of the subject that Badiou establishes in Being and Event. This will concentrate on both Being and Event, and the later ethical developments introduced in Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding...
Towards an Anthropology of Infinitude: Badiou and the Political Subject
ABSTRACT: In the English-language reception of Alain Badiou's work, he has often been one-sidedly positioned as a direct heir to the antihumanist projects of Lacan, Althusser and Foucault. Whilst there is much to this claim, this paper argues that...
What Is a Philosophical Institution? Or: Address, Transmission, Inscription (1)
I would like to attempt here something of a deduction in regard to the destiny of all philosophical institutions. I would like to explore the possibility of submitting to the concept our institutional intuition. The danger is easily imagined. It is...