Alain Badiou  

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Kant is the one author for whom I cannot feel any kinship. Everything in him exasperates me, above all his legalism – always asking Quid Juris? Or ‘Haven’t you crossed the limit?’ - combined, as in today’s United States, with a religiosity that is all the more dismal in that it is both omnipresent and vague. The critical machinery he set up has enduringly poisoned philosophy, while giving great succour to the academy, which loves nothing more than to rap the knuckles of the overambitious [...] That is how I understand the truth of Monique David-Menard’s reflections on the properly psychotic origins of Kantianism (La Folie dans la raison pure). I am persuaded that the whole of the critical enterprise is set up to to shield against the tempting symptom represented by the seer Swedenborg, or against ‘diseases of the head’, as Kant puts it” p. 535-536. --Logics of Worlds by Alain Badiou

"Alain Badiou’s recent “hypertranslation” [of Plato's Republic ] renders the passage as follows: “I once happened to be around when a journalist who’d come to interview him asked him, rather rudely, I must say: ‘So, Sophocles, how’s it going, sex-wise? Are you still able to make love to a woman?’ The poet shut him up but good: ‘You hit the nail on the head, citizen!’ he replied. ‘It’s an amazing thing for me to be relieved of sexual desire, to be free at last from the clutches of a wild, raving monster!’” Alain Badiou, Plato’s Republic, trans. Susan Spitzer (Cambridge: Polity, 2012), p. 3." --"Sex and Anti-Sex: Introduction to Andrei Platonov's Anti-Sexus"

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Alain Badiou (born 1937, Rabat, Morocco) is a prominent French philosopher, formerly chair of philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure (ENS). Along with Giorgio Agamben and Slavoj Zizek, Badiou is a prominent figure in an anti-postmodern strand of continental philosophy. Particularly through a creative appropriation of set theory from his early interest in mathematics, Badiou seeks to recover the concepts of being, truth and the subject in a way that is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity.

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