Badiou an essay on the understanding of evil

On Evil: An Interview with Alain Badiou

Any experience at all is the infinite deployment of infinite differences. How, then, could we think that torture is evil for every human animal? Me, I am for grandeur, I am for heroism. History shows that democratic liberal capitalism is the only economic, political, and social regime that is truly humane, that truly conforms to the good of humanity.

The second thesis evil inside of each of us is simply the moral and religious complement to the first thesis, which is political parliamentary capitalism as the good. They have exercised a terror that is finally useless. In fact, every situation, inasmuch as it is, is a multiple composed of an infinity of elements, each one of which is itself a multiple.

The question actually combines two common conceptions of morality and thus of the distinction between good and evil: Certainly, it is necessary to propose another theory of evil. As Badiou himself makes clear in the "Preface to the English Edition," his Ethics is mobilized by two, not always consistent desires: The Lenin who wrote What is to be Done?

The debate you raise is absurd: Today we see liberal capitalism and its political system, parliamentarism, as the only natural and acceptable solutions. Our liberal countries know how to use it perfectly.

An Essay on the Understanding of Evil Ethics: Evil seemed no longer to be a question for philosophy, but instead became a question for psychiatry, sociology, and biology. Yet, in the past few years, a loosely connected group of philosophers and theorists, influenced by the work of Kant and Jacques Lacan, has returned to the question of evil.

As always, the pure analysis of phenomenal appearing cannot decide between divergent orientations of thought. I must, of course, specify that I am absolutely opposed to these two conceptions.

Every modern collective configuration involves people from everywhere, who have their different ways of eating and speaking, who wear different sorts of headgear, follow different religions, have complex and varied relations to sexuality, prefer authority or disorder, and such is the way of the world.

These are two radically opposed projects. It is bad to refuse to become a fully human subject, no matter what might be the particular terms of this becoming. Those who have led these regimes Fascist or Communist were necessarily pathological cases: A truth is a concrete process that starts by an upheaval an encounter, a general revolt, a surprising new inventionand develops as fidelity to the novelty thus experimented.

Molly Whalen is a scholar of Early Modern literature and culture, and literary and cultural theory. Levinas maintains that metaphysics, imprisoned by its Greek origins, has subordinated thought to the logic of the Same, to the primacy of substance and identity.

Take the example of torture. This consideration is of no interest. All my philosophy strives to answer this question.

I would still be subordinating politics to humanistic and Christian morality:Evil is defined in this understanding as that which is hostile to human rights.

But Badiou sees the creation of the human Subject from out of the merely human animal as an ennobling process of participation in what he calls a "truth event."/5(11).

Ethics, An Essay on the Understanding of Evil, Alain Badiou Alain Badiou Ethics, An Essay on the Understanding of Evil Chapter II: Does the Other Exist? Year: Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil by Alain Badiou Alain Badiou, one of the most powerful voices in contemporary French philosophy, shows how our prevailing ethical principles serve ultimately to reinforce an ideology of the status quo and fail to provide a framework for an effective understanding of the concept of evil/5(16).

Among these is Alain Badiou, who in published Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil. An analysis, critique, and reformulation of the discourse of evil in contemporary thought, the work rejected both the theological and the scientific (psychological, sociological, etc.) interpretations of evil, instead locating good and evil in the.

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil (Radical Thinkers) 1st Edition. by Alain Badiou (Author) › Visit Amazon's Alain Badiou Page. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. This was the first book (but not essay) by French Philosopher Alain Badiou I have read.

It is made quite clear from the begining both in the long /5(11).

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil by Alain Badiou. Translated by Peter Hallward. London and New York: Verso, Pp. $ cloth. The publication in English of Alain Badiou's Ethics (originally published in French in ) may come to constitute an "event" in just the sense that Badiou gives to the concept in his own work: a break with the received ideas of a given context.

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