Dall'evento al sintomo: Badiou e l'ontologia lacaniana

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‘From the Event to the Symptom: Badiou and Lacanian Ontology’. This article discusses the relation between the negative ontology in Lacan’s psychoanalysis and the event in Badiou’s philosophy, trying to shed light on the differences in the political context of the effort to go beyond capitalism. After a brief summary of the meaning of the negative in Lacan’s theory, the significance and power of the event in Badiou’s thought, and especially in his recent, more directly political, works, is analysed: on this basis, the way in which Badiou reads Lacan and understands the subject is dealt with, and the limitations of this reading are pointed out. It is argued that, due to Badiou’s rejection of the intrinsic negativity of Lacan’s subject, there is a structural incompatibility between them. The idealistic component of Badiou’s thought is then tackled, with reference to the hidden Kantiansm and the Platonism present in his philosophy. In conclusion, a political critique of the ways in which Badiou’s event could work in the world is offered: the synchronic nature of the real and the symbolic – from which descends the ontological negativity of the event, that cannot therefore be defined through the use of “before” and “after” – is reaffirmed.

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Théorie du Sujet.Alain Badiou - 1982 - Éditions du Seuil.
Badiou: A Subject to Truth.Peter Hallward - 2003 - Univ of Minnesota Press.

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