Ontology and Appearing: Documentary Realism as a Mathematical Thought


  • Lindsey Hair SUNY at Buffalo


Badiou, Ontology, Documentary


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 to Being, we find in the structural similarity of mathematics and documentary an equivalence: between modes of documentaryand mathematical-ontological decisions, regarding the inscription of 'what is'. From here we move to consider Badiou's notion of 'in-appearing' through a reading of Alain Resnais' documentary Night and Fog.

Author Biography

Lindsey Hair, SUNY at Buffalo

Graduate student at the Department of Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo




How to Cite

Hair, L. (2006). Ontology and Appearing: Documentary Realism as a Mathematical Thought. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 2(1-2), 241–262. Retrieved from https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/37