The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic

The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic

Alain Badiou

Language: English

Pages: 138

ISBN: 0980819768

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic is the last in a trilogy of political-philosophical essays, preceded by Theory of Contradiction and On Ideology, written during the dark days at the end of the decade after May '68. With the late 1970's "triumphant restoration" in Europe, China and the United States, Badiou and his collaborators return to Hegel with a Chinese twist. By translating, annotating and providing commentary to a contemporaneous text by Chinese Hegelian Zhang Shi Ying, Badiou and his collaborators attempt to diagnose the status of the dialectic in their common political and philosophical horizon. Readers of Badiou's more recent work will find a crucial developmental step in his work in ontology and find echoes of his current project of a 'communist hypothesis'. This translation is accompanied by a recent interview that questions Badiou on the discrepancies between this text and his current thought, on the nature of dialectics, negativity, modality and his understanding of the historical, political and geographical distance that his text introduces into the present.

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freedom necessary to create and re-create such a rare space of intellectual intensity, rigor and productivity. I would also like to thank Paul Ashton and Justin Clemens at re.press not only for their friendship but also for the patience and energy that they have taken to the project. Of course none of this would have been possible without Alain Badiou’s decades of work and his generous friendship. vii Introduction One Divides into Two? Dividing the Conditions Tzuchien Tho Much like the

6. Theory of the Subject, p. 141. Tzuchien Tho xiii relatively disjointed and undeveloped from the perspective of the tightly argued meditations of Being and Event, it projected a vision of systematic philosophy that was not yet present in any of his earlier works. Indeed, the systematic nature of Badiou’s writings since Theory of the Subject characterizes the philosopher’s enormous contribution to contemporary philosophy. The roots of this turn can no doubt be traced to a number of his

[l’abandon] to the life of the object.2 In the one case becoming inscribes the identity of two terms, and on the other, their absolute difference. From the same fact, we sufficiently see that this second becoming cannot align itself with the     1. [Hegel, Science of Logic, p. 83.]     2. [Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. by A.V. Miller, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1977, p. 32.] 54 The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic iterative order where it was presumed to proceed. The

view’26), and not to divide it. With     22. [reference originally cited in text] André Glucksmann, Les maîtres penseurs, [Paris, Grasset, 1977,] p. 40. [André Glucksmann, The Master Thinkers, trans. Brian Pearce, New York, Harper and Row, 1980, p. 37.]     23. [reference originally cited in text] Glucksmann, Les maîtres penseurs, p. 42. [Glucksmann, The Master Thinkers, p. 38.]     24. [reference originally cited in text] Glucksmann, Les maîtres penseurs, p. 51. [Glucksmann, The Master Thinkers,

politics. We thus inevitably encounter the question of contradictions, struggle, and dialectics. My problem had always been to maintain the formal acquirements of the period of the sixties without abandoning the power of political thought. Hence I looked for a synthesis between modern formal logic and dialectics in the Marxist sense. The principle result of this effort is contained in Theory of the Subject. The book in question was thus a step toward the Theory of the Subject. TT: Third context:

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