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The prime modern French thinker Alain Badiou has been a lifelong devotee of Beckett's paintings. This ground-breaking learn offers a whole creation to and critique of Badiou's philosophy, politics, ethics and aesthetics, and his interpretation of the Irish author, as a foundation for a massive new studying of the Beckett corpus. - ;Beckett and Badiou deals a provocative new interpreting of Samuel Beckett's paintings on Read more...


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In this respect, it is unlike Racine’s and a little more like Badiou’s own. But the narrow yet profound difference between the two tastes is none the less indicative. The preference for Corneille on the one hand and for Racine on the other points us quite exactly to two very different shadings of a mutual vision. My thesis is this: Badiou and Beckett both structure their universe in terms of actual infinity, the event, and its remainder. Both shrink the scope of one of the three terms. But the two terms that they respectively diminish are different ones, and are diminished in different ways.

Indeed, one might think of Molloy as a great ironist of the finite calculation: hence the fame of the sucking-stones episode. ¹³³ Molloy’s sustained disquiet about himself is a product of the persistent incursion of actual infinity into putatively finite frames. If actual infinity is Molloy’s element, Moran initially acquiesces in a finite, State representation of himself. ¹³⁴ Moran starts out as ‘a solid in the midst of other solids’ (TR, 108). But Beckett ‘discerns the principle of disintegration in even the most complacent solidities, and activates it to their ¹³¹ See TR, 38.

See Tiles, Philosophy, 17. : Thomas Jefferson University Press, 1987), 93. ¹⁰⁵ See Dauben, Georg Cantor, 132. ¹⁰⁶ See ibid. 145. ¹⁰⁷ See Pollard, Philosophical Introduction, 46–51. ¹⁰⁸ In practice, at least, Badiou agrees with Cantor and Dedekind. Mathematics presents the infinity of being ‘in its most abstract form’ (EE, 164, my italics). Once he chooses to consider nature and the State—let alone love, subjectivity, and immigrant workers without papers—in mathematical terms, he has effectively decided in Cantor and Dedekind’s favour: actual infinity is concrete.

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