Tag: Alain Badiou

Legality and the Production of Difference

Legal theoretical approaches oriented around discerning a constitutive difference between law and morality are misguided in that they misrepresent epistemological claims for ontological certainty. While some, such as Kelsen, have been admirably straightforward about this, other legal scholars have attempted to hide this unfortunate reality beneath layers of conflation and qualifications.1 Hart’s work is the…

Badiou’s Jurisprudence II: ‘We Have Become Simulacra’

As a follow-up to Badiou’s Jurisprudence: The Event of Law and The Law of The Event, Jose Rosales asks whether the alliance with Vergès is quite so straight-forward. If freedom, as Deleuze claims, is to engage in jurisprudence, do we not encounter a paradox in the alliance between Alain Badiou and Jacques Vergès? A paradox…

Badiou’s Jurisprudence: The Event of Law and The Law of The Event

Jose Rosales describes a Badiouean jurisprudence of rupture, by way of a conception of the event. In a lecture published in the Cardozo Law Review in 2008, Alain Badiou articulates his understanding of Being, Event, and Simulacrum in relationship to Logic and Law. With an incredible power of precision, Badiou reminds his audience of Aristotle’s…

Philosophers at War

In times of confrontations between explicitly material interests, and in the absence of any real public debate involving the Italian Government (busy protecting the orgy of power), what could be better than a proper exchange between internationally-renowned philosophers, on the alleged necessity of a military intervention in Libya? In an article published on the 28th…

Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy, France, Libya and Me

In Alain Badiou’s open reply to Jean-Luc Nancy, he chides Nancy for falling into the trap that the NATO attacks on Libya were in any way designed to rescue the insurgents of Benghazi. Badiou is amazed that someone so informed about geopolitics, and the covert agenda of the French government along with the other NATO…

Alain Badiou’s reply to Jean-Luc Nancy

The following is Alain Badiou’s full reply to Jean-Luc Nancy’s “What the Arab peoples signify to us“. With many thanks to Verso Books UK. Yes, dear Jean-Luc, the position you adopt in favour of ‘Western’ intervention in Libya was indeed a sorry surprise for me. Didn’t you notice right from the start the palpable difference…

Badiou: Tunisia, Riots & Revolution

Today I’ll talk to you about the riots in Tunisia. We won’t leave the subject of this year’s seminar — What does “change the world” mean? – an expression whose ambiguous character I’ve already described to you. If by “riots” we mean the street actions of people who want to overthrow the government by means…