In Alain Badiou’s new Handbook of Inaesthetics, he makes a clear argument for art to find a new schema and linkage to the event of truth. Handbook of Inaesthetics has ratings and 11 reviews. Miriam said: I’ve only read the sections on visual arts, but poetry, dance, and theater are als. Didacticism, romanticism, and classicism are the possible schemata for the knotting of art and philosophy, the third term in this knot being the education of.

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The relationship between art and philosophy has centered on the linkage of truth to both fields. The work of art is always finite, and as such may be the only finite thing that exists. The problem of the linkage between the two is not philosophy, which never contains truth; the problem is the singularity of the artistic schema.

How can an artistic production which is always a finite and singular project be linked to a philosophical schema that transcends the dominant paradigms of the twentieth century — a task the avant garde has heretofore been unable to achieve.

For Badiou, the artistic production that ruptures an event is the only way to think of an art form as singular. Every art is a thinking of the thought that it itself is, which is why the art piece is always a finite singularity. Philosophy does not produce truths; it seizes truths; shows them, exposes them, and announces they exist Pg.

You could say that the thesis of the book is centered on how we might think of an entirely new artistic schema that can link the truth of the event more of which will be described below to a schema of artistic production that is not reliant on the master, i.

The principle challenge of contemporary thought is the following: The truth does not exist — only truths. Each truth is a process and infinite.

One will call the subject of a truth every finite moment within the infinite part of each truth. Every truth begins with an event, and an event is unpredictable.

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The event shows the void of the situation, because it shows that what there is now was previously devoid of truth. The choice that binds the subject to the truth is either solidarity with the void, or solidarity to the event. Truth results from the fact that place — the ordeal of absence and void — first nostalgically and then hadiou arouses the fiction of a master that would be capable of truth Pg.

Truth results from the disappearance of the master into the anonymity of the empty place, in brief, the master has sacrificed himself so that truth may be. This is a Christian truth — that forces a situation where the master must disappear in order for truth badoou arise.

For Badiou, the central problem of modernity means not being able to choose reasonably in what concerns the relation between mastery and truth. When truth is disjoined from the master we have democracy.


Thought must take a step back to the desert, to begin thought starting in the void without depending on the master; neither the master invoked, or sacrificed. The definition of art in the didactic paradigm is to be a charm to the semblance of truth.

Art in this variation is a didactics of the senses. Art becomes what Nancy refers to as the literary absolute. In the romantic schema, the relation of truth to art is imminent. In didacticism, the relation is singular. Art itself in the romantic schema is a truth procedure. The best example of a philosophically. Art is not a form of thought in the classical schema. Marxism is didactic — as we see in Brecht, the agent of the art is the philosopher.

Heideggerian art is romantic as the artists hold the keys to the open. Psychoanalysis is classical, as Lacan writes, the object of desire, which is beyond symbolization, can subtractively emerge at the very peak of an act of symbolization. Art experiences a block of the symbolic by the real, and this links up to a transference. This is why the ultimate effect of art remains imaginary.

The avant-garde was badiiu to a certain extent in their desire to put an end to art. They were above all anti-classical. The closure of the avant garde of the twentieth century, which was a hybrid of didacto-romanticism.

In Plato, the poem forbids access to the supreme truth, the truth which provides unity with the ultimate principle, which allows the Republic to maintain its transparency. What poetry forbids is discursive thought. The modern poem identifies itself as a form of thought — as a matheme in the Platonic sense, good example is Mallarme.

Yet, it is not the sensible expression of the Idea, in the Platonic sense, rather, it is all based on a displacement, or even a transvaluation in the Nietzschean sense, whereby the matheme is of the sophists, and the idea is of the poetic.

The sensible presents itself in the modern poem as the persisting nostalgia for the idea. Every poetic truth leaves at its center what it does not have the power to bring into presence. Every truth dwells in a limit that proves it is a singular truth, and not the self-consciousness of the whole.

The unnamable is that thing whose naming cannot be forced by a truth. That thing whose inaesthftics into truth, truth itself cannot anticipate. Every regime of truth is grounded in the real badio its own unnamable.

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Every poem brings a power into language, the power of eternally fastening the disappearance of what presents itself. Through the poetic retention of its disappearance, the power of inadsthetics presence itself as Idea.

We can therefore say that language as the infinite power devoted to presence is the inaeathetics in poetry. The poem is an operation, not an artistic extension of the world.

The world is that thing whose presence is more essential than objectivity. For Mallarme, the poem is centered on the dissolution of the object from its purity.

The modern writer must nominate himself the spiritual thespian. Celan tells us that a direction for a thinking of the modern deals with a recognition that the whole inaesthetjcs actually nothing. To Badiou, in order to be free to the mystery of the letters that the poem constitutes, it is enough that the reader disposes himself or herself to the operation of the poem.


Literally, the reader must will his or her own transliteration. In his writing, he offered no interpretation of his surroundings. His poems were as if he was starring into the sun; representing a desire to create a metaphysics subtracted from metaphysics itself, that is from nature, and physics.

His poems took on a mathematical code which has yet to be weaved into one, and of the over 25, unpublished pages, we are still wrestling with his legacy.

Nonetheless, Harold Bloom refers to Pessoa as one of the greatest poet of the twentieth century. I have no ambitions nor desires. Alain Badiou argues that the idea of identifying any singularity in his work almost eludes our grasp.

His poems are diagonal, they are like a Cubist painting. They look directly bwdiou the light, in an anti-Platonism sense, they are opposed to any absolute idea, and his poems work as a sort of negation of negation in the Hegelian sense.

Each one becomes a sort of game, a mathematical code wrapped jnaesthetics his work. It is also necessary to have no philosophy. With philosophy there are no trees, just ideas. There is only each one of us, like a cave. There is only a shut window, and the whole world outside, And a dream of what could be seen if the window were opened, Which is never what is seen when the window is opened. Reblogged this on Matt’s Ceramic Action and commented: Just stumbled across this blog and like it.

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