"For dialectical materialism, one has to think a Two prior to multiplicity--and the key question is: how are we to think this Two with regard to the Void?  Is One simply not yet there in the primordial Void?  Or, is this very lack of One a positive fact?  Badiou goes for the first option, Lacan for the second." 

Slavoj Zizek p.265 Absolute Recoil: Towards a New Foundation of Dialectical Materialism


Hey Friends,

Next Seminar, we will be discussing the work of Alain Badiou as lead by our good friend Zach Cummings. Once again we're delighted to announce that our next meeting will be hosted by 321 Gallery in Fort Greene Wednesday, April 20th. Below is a brief introduction by Zach ...

"Alain Badiou is a French philosopher with a background in mathematics. Badiou has written about the concepts of being, truth, event, and the subject in a way that, he claims, is neither postmodern nor simply a repetition of modernity.  Badiou has been involved in a number of political organisations, and regularly comments on political events.  He argues for resurrecting the idea of communism. 

In part I of Being and Event, Badiou lays the foundation for his ontology based on multiplicities of infinitely divisible multiplicities whose only substance is the void itself. Although I have attached the entire first part, I think we should focus on the first meditation, pages 23-30.  Don't worry about reading the rest of the text if you don't have time.  If you are interested in reading more Badiou, but you don't want to get bogged down in the technical details, read meditations 2 and 6 on Plato and Aristotle, respectively.  If you want to fully understand the details of his ontology, then you can read the full text, including meditations 3, 4, and 5.  These three sections rely heavily on set theory."

- Z. Cummings


Essye and Thompson


Date: Wednesday, April 20th

Time: 7 pm

Location:  321 Gallery: 321 Washington ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205; Clinton-Washington Ave-- G Train please note:: 321 is on the garden level (basement)



1) Badiou Being and Event Meditation.1 pg.23-30


Optional Reading:

1) Badiou Being and Event Meditation. 2 & 6 

2) Badiou Being and Event Meditation. (FULL TEXT) 


Prefatory Links:

1) https://seansturm.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/badiou-on-forcing/

2) http://www.lacan.com/zizbadman.htm