Kelly Louise Agra
University of Santo Tomas
This paper takes off from a growing preoccupation in Western political-social philosophy on the thinkability of the materiality of change, that became most pronounced in Alain Badiou's philosophy of the event. It traces the development of the discourse of radical change tied to a materialist theory of subjectivity beginning from Badiou, down to the strong criticism posed against it by Slavoj Žižek. This is then followed by the discussion of Bruno Bosteels' potent defense of Badiou's philosophy. Finally, the last part takes off from this debate and highlights how this tension in Badiou's philosophy was possible in the first place. Using Adrian Johnston's key insight on pre-evental and post-evental time, this paper argues that Žižek and Bosteels respectively employ pre-evental and post-evental lenses in reading the relation of event to being. Furthermore, these two lenses are themselves the effect of the split readability of the event at the moment of its rupture: the parallax-effect that divides the event into two. This paper asserts that neither of the two is sufficient. Both are fundamental in outlining what sort of sustained disciplines are necessary before and after events take place.
Keywords Adrian Johnston  Alain Badiou  Bruno Bosteels  Change  Event  Ontology  Slavoj Zizek  Theory of Subjectivity
Categories (categorize this paper)
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,768
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Badiou and Politics.Bruno Bosteels - 2011 - Duke University Press.
Agalma at the Void: Towards a Theory of the Evental Sublime.Adam Drury - 2011 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 5 (2).
Badiou: Notes From an Ongoing Debate.Slavoj Žižek - 2007 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (2).
Can Change Be Thought? A Dialogue with Alain Badiou.Bruno Bosteels - 2005 - In Gabriel Riera (ed.), Alain Badiou: Philosophy and its Conditions. State University of New York Press. pp. 237--262.


Added to PP index

Total views
26 ( #427,421 of 2,462,969 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #223,428 of 2,462,969 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes