La Filosofía como Repetición Creativa. Alain Badiou

Podría decirse que un autor es aquel sujeto que asume su implicación en un acto creativo. El objeto allí producido puede ser artístico, filosófico, de diferentes órdenes culturales. Su énfasis racional, afectivo, de pensamiento no lo hace ajeno allí al cuerpo. Por eso el filósofo puede no escaparse, su argumentación tiene una sede, un límite, tanto como ramas, derivas, conexiones, campos de intercambio y debate en ideas. Es, finalmente, una manera para abordar cosas y semblantes en movimientos y bucles de la vida de nuestra humanidad.

Deberé empezar refiriéndome a uno de mis maestros, el gran filósofo marxista, Louis Althusser. Para Althusser, el nacimiento del marxismo no fue una cosa simple. Estuvo compuesto por dos revoluciones, dos acontecimientos intelectuales principales. Primero, uno científico. Este acontecimiento fue la creación por parte de Marx de una ciencia de la historia, cuyo nombre es “materialismo histórico”. El segundo acontecimiento fue de naturaleza filosófica. Se trató de la creación, a cargo de Marx y otros, de una nueva tendencia, cuyo nombre es “materialismo dialéctico”. Podemos decir que se requiere de una nueva filosofía para clarificar y asistir el nacimiento de una nueva ciencia. La filosofía de Platón fue requerida, asimismo, por el comienzo de las matemáticas, o la filosofía de Kant por la física newtoniana. Después de todo no hay dificultad en todo esto. En este marco es posible decir dos cosas sobre el desarrollo de la filosofía.

Alain BadiouEste desarrollo dependió de nuevos hechos en algunos campos que no poseen una naturaleza filosófica inmediata. Particularmente, de hechos en el campo de la ciencia. Como las matemáticas para Platón, Descartes o Leibniz, la física para Kant, Whitehead o Popper, la historia para Hegel o Marx, la biología para Nietzsche, Bergson o Deleuze.

Por lo que a mí respecta, estoy bastante de acuerdo en que la filosofía depende de algunos campos no filosóficos. Y he llamado a estos campos las “condiciones” de la filosofía. Simplemente querría decir que no limito las condiciones de la filosofía al progreso de la ciencia. Propongo un conjunto más grande de condiciones, bajo cuatro tipos posibles: ciencia, pero también, política, arte y amor. Así que mi propio trabajo depende, por ejemplo, de un nuevo concepto matemático del infinito, pero al mismo tiempo de nuevas formas de la política revolucionaria, de los grandes poemas de Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Pessoa, Madelstam o Wallace Stevens, de la prosa de Samuel Beckett, de las nuevas maneras del amor que han emergido en el contexto del psicoanálisis y la completa transformación de todas las cuestiones en relación con la sexuación y el género.

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Examined Life. Astra Taylor

Interview: Astra Taylor, Director EXAMINED LIFE

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Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Athens, Georgia, 29-year-old writer and filmmaker, Astra Taylor is a good case study for a life well-lived.  Unschooled until she was a preteen and raised by two independent thinkers to become one herself, Taylor currently occupies herself with wrangling high intellectual pursuits and philosophical theories into wonderful pieces of cinema.  Her non-traditional upbringing, or as she calls it, her  “super weirdo hippy background,” stood her in good stead, providing a strong sense of confidence and an affirmation in her own abilities and artistic vision.

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Video: Eric Posner and Jack Balkin, “The Politics of Emergency”

On March 2009, Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law Eric Posner recorded a conversation with Yale’s Jack Balkin on the Bloggingheads.tv site on “The Politics of Emergency.” Among the topics covered were: executive power in a time of emergency, whether the president can change reality, secrecy in the Obama administration, and imagining an executive branch 2.0.

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Tavis Smiley interview with Cornel West

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about dr. cornel west

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Alain Badiou- Is the Word Communism Doomed Forever?

A Lacanian Ink Event, Miguel Abreu Gallery 11/08

E’ morto Franco Volpi

Franco Volpi, una vita per la filosofia
Addio al grande interprete di Heidegger

Franco Volpi, 57 anni, ordinario di Storia della filosofia a Padova, è morto ieri all’ospedale San Bortolo di Vicenza, dove era ricoverato da lunedì pomeriggio in seguito a un incidente stradale. Era stato travolto da un’auto a San Germano dei Berici, mentre si trovava in sella alla sua bici. La conferma del decesso è giunta in tarda serata dal nosocomio vicentino, che dalle 15 aveva fatto partire le sei ore di osservazione per la dichiarazione di morte cerebrale.

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WHEN INSURRECTIONS DIE. Gilles Dauvé

Gilles Dauvé, Quand Meurent les Insurrections. ADEL, Paris, 1998.
This version, translated by Loren Goldner and revised by the author, first published by Antagonism Press, 1999.
“If the Russian Revolution becomes the signal for a proletarian revolution in the West, so that both complement each other, the present Russian common ownership of land may serve as the starting point for a communist development.”1

This perspective was not realised. The European proletariat missed its rendezvous with a revitalised Russian peasant commune.2

BREST-LITOVSK: 1917 AND 1939

Brest-Litovsk, Poland, December 1917: the Bolsheviks proposed peace without annexations to a Germany intent on taking over a large swath of the old Tsarist empire, stretching from Finland to the Caucasus. But in February 1918, the German soldiers, “proletarians in uniform” though they were, obeyed their officers and resumed the offensive against a soviet Russia as if they were still facing the Tsarist army. No fraternisation occurred, and the revolutionary war advocated by the Bolshevik Left proved impossible. In March, Trotsky had to sign a peace treaty dictated by the Kaiser’s generals. “We’re trading space for time”, as Lenin put it, and in fact, in November, the German defeat turned the treaty into a scrap of paper. Nevertheless, practical proof of the international link-up of the exploited had failed to materialise. A few months later, returning to civilian life with the war’s end, these same proletarians confronted the alliance of the official workers’ movement and the Freikorps. Defeat followed defeat: in Berlin, Bavaria and Hungary in 1919; then the Red Army of the Ruhr in 1920; the March Action in 1921…

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Foucault on Bachelard

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Bachelard and Philosophy of Education
James Marshall
University of Auckland

Gaston Bachelard was born 27 June 1884 at Bar-sur-Aube, Champaigne, where his parents owned a small paper and tabacconist shop. He received his secondary education in Bar-sur-Aube, and served in the first World War (including 38 months in the trenches and the award of Le Croix de Guerre). Essentially he was an outsider to the academy, for he had taught himself chemistry whilst working as a postman, before teaching in secondary colleges at Bar-sur-Aube. Studying slowly he was awarded his doctorate from the Sorbonne in 1927. It is clear that the achievements in particle physics had both excited and influenced him. He was to say: ‘one decade in our epoch is equal to centuries in earlier epochs’ (quoted in Lecourt, 1975, p.33). Having turned to philosophy of science, he was to teach for 10 years in the Faculté des Lettres de Dijon before becoming a Professor at the Sorbonne in 1940. In May 1960 he was made an Officier de la Legion d’Honneur and, dying on 16 October 1962, he was to be interred at his Bar-sur-Aube on 19 October.

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Democracy and Disappointment: On the Politics of Resistance

Alain Badiou, in conversation with Simon Critchley
Event Date: Thursday, November 15, 2007
Location: Slought Foundation
Conversations in Theory Series | Organized by Aaron Levy

Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, the Departments of Romance Languages, History, and English, and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, are pleased to announce a public conversation between Alain Badiou and Simon Critchley on Thursday, November 15th, 2007 from 7:00-9:00pm. This event, the next installment of the “Conversations in Theory” series, features a 30 minute presentation by Simon Critchley about his recent publication Infinitely Demanding, followed by remarks and public conversation with Alain Badiou on metapolitics and the politics of resistance and dissensus. This event has been organized by Aaron Levy, will be introduced by Román de la Campa, Edwin B. and Lenore R. Williams Professor and Chair of Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, and is sponsored by Verso. Publications by the conversants will be available for sale on the evening of the event.

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Jean-Luc Nancy + Claire Denis. L’Intrus. The Intruder 2007

http://www.egs.edu/ Jean-Luc Nancy, philosopher, author and writer, and Claire Denis, filmmaker and director, discussing and screening L’Intrus, The Intruder, text, book, and script for the movie of the same name. Philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy and filmmaker Claire Denis in a free public open video lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School EGS, Media and Communication Studies department program, Saas-Fee, Switzerland, Europe, 2007. Jean Luc Nancy.