This paper provides a historical redescription and reinterpretation of Alain Badiou’s major work, Being and Event. The work is approached historically, as a text that uses Heideggerian metaphysics to perform an allegorical exegesis of mathematical set theory and does so as a means of fashioning a supremacist spiritual pedagogy for a philosophical elite in the context of a national intellectual subculture.
Heideggerian Mathematics: Badiou’s Being and Event as Spiritual Pedagogy
Ian Hunter is an emeritus professor in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland, Australia. He has published a number of studies on early modern philosophical, political, and juridical thought, most notably Rival Enlightenments: Civil and Metaphysical Philosophy in Early Modern Germany (Cambridge, 2001). Professor Hunter has also published a series of papers on the history of “theory” in the humanities academy, including “The History of Theory,” Critical Inquiry 33 (2006), and, most recently, “Hayden White’s Philosophical History,” New Literary History 45 (2014).
Ian Hunter; Heideggerian Mathematics: Badiou’s Being and Event as Spiritual Pedagogy. Representations 1 May 2016; 134 (1): 116–156. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2016.134.1.116
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