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By A.J. Bartlett

An interrogation of Plato's whole paintings utilizing the suggestions and different types of Alain Badiou. this is often the 1st ebook to significantly tackle and draw results from Badiou's declare that his paintings is a 'Platonism of the a number of' and that philosophy at the present time calls for a 'platonic gesture'. interpreting the connection among Badiou and Plato, Bartlett notably transforms our conception of Plato's philosophy and rethinks the important philosophical query: 'what is education?'

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Indd 23 31/05/2011 09:21 24 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. indd 24 Badiou and Plato extracted from his writings. I allude to the wealth of general ideas scattered through them’ (A. N. Whitehead, Process and Reality, p. 39). Terence Irwin, Plato’s Moral Theory, ch. 1. In the notes to Logiques des Mondes Badiou asserts that all contemporary anti-Platonists, those ‘doctrinaires of sense’ who oppose ‘mathematicsastion’, be they hermeneuticists or sophists, are all, at base ‘Aristotelians’ (LM, 548/522).

34. ‘The in-itself of the Idea is its ek-sisting being, and its participative capacity is its “there-is”, the crux of its operation. ’ 35. To put this another way, to educate is always to re-educate and this properly consists in not only transmitting the ‘intellectual, theoretical or philosophical framework but also . . that which enabled us to think in such a way in the first place’ (Alain Badiou and Bruno Bosteels, ‘Can change be thought: a dialogue with Alain Badiou’, p. 245; hereafter CCT).

It names the fundamental reciprocity between element and structure. All elements counted to exist in the Athens of the dialogues exist equally, simply because at the level of structure nothing is known of them other than that presented as such, they belong. In Badiou’s terms, ‘the identity of multiples is founded on the indifference of belonging’ (BE, 61/74). At the level of presentation therefore, the basic structure of situations, an ideal form of equality presents itself. We have, in a sense, a pure collection cut from what is otherwise uncollected.

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