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The top modern French thinker Alain Badiou has been a lifelong devotee of Beckett's paintings. This ground-breaking research presents an entire advent to and critique of Badiou's philosophy, politics, ethics and aesthetics, and his interpretation of the Irish author, as a foundation for a massive new examining of the Beckett corpus. - ;Beckett and Badiou bargains a provocative new interpreting of Samuel Beckett's paintings on Read more...

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You explore it as never before and find it possessed of unsuspected delights. In short, it becomes infinite. (TR, 140) If, at length, Moran experiences ‘a frenzied collapsing of all that had protected me’, it is because he must recognize the banal infinity of the situations in which he finds himself. ’ becomes the most difficult question to answer (TR, 173). Thus, where Molloy is associated above all with the comedy of the sucking-stones sequence, Moran is finally associated with ¹³⁵ The remark is made of Sean O’Casey.

468. ¹⁰² Ray Monk, Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude (London: Vintage, 1997), 159. In any case, Monk’s book makes it clear that Russell increasingly felt defeated by Wittgenstein’s arguments. ¹⁰³ See Tiles, Philosophy, 17. : Thomas Jefferson University Press, 1987), 93. ¹⁰⁵ See Dauben, Georg Cantor, 132. ¹⁰⁶ See ibid. 145. ¹⁰⁷ See Pollard, Philosophical Introduction, 46–51. ¹⁰⁸ In practice, at least, Badiou agrees with Cantor and Dedekind. Mathematics presents the infinity of being ‘in its most abstract form’ (EE, 164, my italics).

The crucial issue, here, is what Badiou calls the State. Within the structure of the State, a part functions or appears, reductively, as the whole of Being. ⁶⁸ This prevents any manifestation of the principle of the whole, which is inconsistency. It makes for ‘closure and assurance’ (EE, 114), and protects the supposed ‘normality’ of a specific, given situation from the destabilizing force of the event. The State masks or represses or holds at bay the instability of Being. Badiou’s grim realism on this point is refreshing and persuasive: in any ordinary situation, the weight of the State is likely to be overpowering.

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