Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 2, No 1-2 (2006)

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The Limits of The Subject in Badiou's Being and Event

Brian Anthony Smith


This essay is an examination of the limits of the model of the subject that Badiou establishes in emBeing and Event/em. This will concentrate on both emBeing and Event/em, and the later ethical developments introduced in emEthics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil/em. My aim will be to show that there is a possible subjective figure, based on the independence of the Axiom of Choice, which remains unexamined in both these works. The introduction of this new subjective figure not only complicates Badioursquo;s ethical categories of Good and Evil, but it also raises questions about the nature of the subject in general in his philosophy.

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