Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Destiny and becoming

[Thinking the Present from Larval Subjects by larvalsubjects
One of the things I like most about Badiou is his thesis that the goal of philosophy is to think the present, or to grasp the compossibility of those truths that are both eternal but are the essence of the present... Evolutionary theory has overturned the idea of fixed and eternal species, instead producing a picture of the world characterized by endless variation and the production of classes through the accumulation of individual differences, yet philosophers still seem to think in terms of essences and individuals... The issue is not one of abandoning the tradition or ignoring philosophy that has come before, but of doing philosophy in a way that is directed at the present.]

[Alain Badiou: Figures of Subjective Destiny: Samuel Beckett
Why there is a close relationship between poetry and philosophy, or more generally between literature and philosophy? It’s because philosophy finds in literature some examples of completely new forms of the destiny of the human subject. And precisely new forms of the concrete becoming of the human subject when this subject is confronted to its proper truth. Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou on Samuel Beckett
from Continental Philosophy by Farhang Erfani]

Such a description fits Savitri most uniquely. [TNM]

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