Part 5: Breaking the Law, ft. Anna Kornbluh

Covering Part 5 of Alain Badiou’s Being and Event on “Breaking the Law,” Alex and Andrew discuss intervention and fidelity through subtraction and deduction. Guest Anna Kornbluh discusses mathematical formalism, the spontaneity of vitalism, and Marxist humanism. Kornbluh is a Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is author, most recently, of The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space (2019) and is working on a new book that deals with immediacy and mediation.   Concepts related to Breaking the Law Digital Philosophy, States and Subjects, Being, Events, Randomness, Badiou’s books Manifesto for Philosophy, Second Manifesto for Philosophy, Number and Numbers, Conditions, Concepts of Undecidability, a Subtractive Definition of Intervention, Seven Features of the Event (A-G), Critique of Speculative Leftism, ZFC’s Axiom of Choice as Fidelity to the Event, Fidelity, Theory of Points, Deduction.   Interview with Anna Kornbluh Form and Formalism, Formlessness, Mathematical Formalism, Marx and Marxism, Foucault and Anarcho-Vitalism, Marxist Humanism, Spinoza and Badiou’s Anti-Party, Hunger for the Signifier, Jacques Lacan, Democratic Neoliberalism.   Links Kornbluh homepage, Kornbluh profile, Kornbluh, The Order of Forms: Realism, Formalism, and Social Space, Kornbluh, Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form,

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Discover the radical potential and technical virtuosity of philosopher Alain Badiou's major treatise Being and Event (1988). Co-hosts Andrew Culp and Alexander R. Galloway guide the listener through each section of the book, pairing each episode with a special guest interview. Over nine episodes, they follow Badiou as he explores the nature of being, the function of the state, when and how events arise, and the political potential of subjects in their relation to truth.