THE ANATOMY OF NEGATION:THE SUTURE TO THE UNPRESENTABLE

NEGATION

 

 

 

Let us examine the argument whereby Badiou seeks to establish thought’s suture to the unpresentable.

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EKSTASIS AND EKSTEMA

HEIDEGGER 23

 

 

 

 

 

To see how this may have come about, let us quickly recapitulate Heidegger’s account of Dasein’s threefold ekstasis in Being and Time.

As ahead of itself, Dasein is becoming its ownmost possibility.

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DASEIN

 

Heidegger’s destruktion of Cartesian metaphysics stands as one of his most arguably revolutionary and monumental contributions to philosophical thinking in Being and Time. 

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THE ANATOMY OF NEGATION:THE METAONTOLOGICAL EXCEPTION

METAONTOLOGICAL EXCEPTION

 

 

 

 

 

The question, then, is whether, given its anti-phenomenological structure, presentation obtains in any situation other than the ontological situation. In this regard, it is crucial to note that only the ontological situation, i.e. the set-theoretical axiomatic as presentation of presentation, is capable of remaining rigorously faithful to the injunction that the One is not:

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THE CURSE OF THE SUN

CURSED

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is the green parts of the plants of the solid earth and the seas which endlessly operate the appropriation of an important part of the sun’s luminous energy. It is in this way that light—the sun—produces us, animates us, and engenders our excess. This excess, this animation are the effect of the light (we are basically nothing but an effect of the sun) [VII 10].

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THE ANATOMY OF NEGATION:ANTI-PHENOMENON

ANTI-PHENOMENON

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation gives rise to an effect of unification, but is not itself unified because it is split between the consistency of multiple-entities (presented in terms of belonging) and its own inconsistent being, which is to say the non-being of the count insofar as it manifests a point of indiscernibility with the being-nothing of the void.

THINGS MAKE SENSE

HEIDEGGER 3

 

 

 

 

 

With the appearance of human being, meaning dawned in the universe, and nothing has been the same since. For the first time in the 13.7 billion years of the cosmos, things were no longer just “out there” but instead became meaningfully present (anwesend).

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