The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic has 18 ratings and 3 reviews. Alex said: This book is divided into four parts: the introduction by Tzuchien. The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic will hereafter be referred to as Rational Kernel. 2. its bitter kernel that Badiou produced this first systematic work. The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic Translations. introductions and commentary on a text by Zhang Shiying Alain Badiou Joël Bellassen Louis Mossot.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic is the last in a trilogy of political-philosophical essays, preceded by Theory of Contradiction and On Ideology, written during the dark rationall at the end of the decade after May ‘ With the late ‘s “triumphant restoration” in Europe, China and the United States, Badiou and his collaborators return to Hegel with a Chinese t The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic is the last in a trilogy of political-philosophical essays, preceded by Theory of Contradiction and On Ideology, written during the dark days at the end of the decade after May ‘ With the late ‘s “triumphant restoration” in Europe, China and the United States, Badiou and his collaborators return to Hegel with a Chinese twist.
By translating, hegelixn and providing commentary to a contemporaneous text by Chinese Hegelian Zhang Shi Ying, Badiou and his collaborators attempt to diagnose the status of the dialectic in their common political and philosophical horizon.
The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic
Readers of Badiou’s more recent work will find a crucial developmental step in his work in ontology and find echoes of his current project of a ‘communist hypothesis’. This translation is accompanied by a recent interview that questions Badiou on the discrepancies between this text and his current thought, on the nature of dialectics, negativity, modality and his understanding of the historical, political and geographical distance that his text introduces into the present.
Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 11, Alex RM rated it liked it Shelves: This book is divided into four parts: Of these, the introduction and interview are most worth reading. Zhang’s text is interesting only as a presentation of the late Maoist interpretation of Hegel, but reads lik This book is divided into four parts: Zhang’s text is interesting only as a presentation of the late Maoist interpretation of Hegel, but reads like an introductory text with shades of polemic, and contains few novel insights.
Badiou’s commentaries are more substantive, but are clearly the precursors to the development of his mature thinking on dialectics and Maoist ontology in Theory of the Subject, which was published four years after this work.
There are early articulations of his theses on the relation of force, the out-place, and the space of placement as outlined in Theory of the Subject. This was his early attempt to introduce dynamism into the heretofore static structuralism of Althusser et al, by articulating the relation of quantity and quality as that of the foreclosure of a given term in a structure, which through quantitative accumulation comes to force a change in the structure itself.
The example given is the Maoist party, which with a small number of adherents may be allocated a position within class society Zizek’s “constitutive exception”but which at a significant level of quantitative development is forced either to seize power or be crushed by a state which can no longer tolerate it.
This motivates the notions of event in early texts rendered as the appearance of a collective subjectand the voluntarism introduced by the decision of whether to maintain fidelity to this novel appearance of force in structure.
The Rational Kernel of the Hegelian Dialectic
We also see the division, outlined in great detail in ToS, of the “rational kernel” of materialistic dialectics against the twin forces of idealistic dialectic and metaphysical materialism. For Badiou, the preference for materialistic dialectic is a metaontological or nonfoundational decision, but one that aligns itself with the only framework capable of assimilating the relation of structure and novelty – particularly with regard to the dynamism of contradiction within class struggle.
The core of Maoist philosophy is, “One divides into two,” the immanent contradiction within every supposed totality, so that even the rational kernel of the dialectic itself is internally riven.
This has far-reaching consequences, hegeilan extend from the presence of class division even within the revolutionary kerbel itself, to the paradoxical recursion relation inherent to an unbounded division.
In Being and Event, this is reframed as the counting of the void as pure multiplicity. There are clear sympathies here with the Leibnizian and Abdiou accounts of the continuum as infinite divisibility, which for Leibniz was the philosophical foundation of the infinitesimal calculus. Elsewhere there are more immediate responses to the concrete conditions of critique, namely the status of the Maoist party in Chinese and French society, and the post-’68 French resurgence of liberal neo-Kantianism in the name of anti-totalitarian politics.
Tho’s interview begins with an outline of Badiou’s political commitments at the time of writing. As a member of the Maoist party UCFML, Badiou and his associates edited a series of texts on Maoist philosophy known as the Yenan Collection, in which this book was originally published.
There is an intriguing discussion of a distinction Badiou makes in Logics of Worlds between classes rationwl negation – classical which holds to the Principle of Excluded Middle and the Principle of Non-Contradictionintuitionistic which rejects the excluded middle iernel paraconsistent which rejects non-contradiction.
For Badiou, Hegel’s concept of negation must be thought of, not as classical, but as intuitionistic and paraconsistent.
In his striking formulation, “When the world is intuitionistic, a true change must be classical, and a false change paraconsistent.
Badiou also addresses the question of appearance as a function of scientific description- in his words, “We should admit that the scope of a phenomenon, thus the transcendental of a world where it appears, is an immanent given of its scientific rationalization.
If badioou interest is in the founding motivations of Badiou’s late ontology, this book provides a snapshot of the militant Maoist “red years.
These are replaced by the further abstracted notions of event and truth from Being and Event onwards. The more substantive early works are The Concept of Model and Mark and Lack published in the post-Lacanian journal Cahiers pour l’analysebut these were written under the shadow of Althusserian structuralism.
If nothing else, Tho is a fine commentator and sharp critic, and his discussion provides excellent context for Badiou’s work. Oct 18, Mike rated it really liked it. Badiou’s writing is at points obtuse but then again, consider his topic. This book overall is interesting and very useful thhe those interested in Hegelian thought.
Zhang Shi Ying’s views on Hegel as a philosopher in modern China, which are the lion’s share of the focus here, are a welcome departure from the typical Eurocentric approach. Tj Ortiz rated it it was ok Aug 15, Thomas Baughman rated it really liked it May rationak, Tida Wilson rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Audie Alger rated it it was amazing Jan 27, Tonie rated it really liked it May 28, th Alex rated it it was ok Apr 14, Dermeval Figueira rated it liked it Nov 19, Jun 22, mimosa maoist added it Shelves: Badiou was dialetic badass when he was a Maoist.
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He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll Alain Badiou, Ph. Much of Badiou’s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May revolt thf Paris. He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as more than a dozen philosophical works.
Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today. Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts. His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the dialeftic of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation.
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